More and more, the topic of reference architectures is crossing my workspace. A recently published article* in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Journal was well received. In many ways, reference architecture are like system architecture pattrerns, though they provide more guidance, may be strongly based or influenced by standards, and my be driven by industry. I will begin blogging more on reference architectures in the future.
*Cloutier, Robert, Gerrit Muller, Dinesh Verma, Roshanak Nilchiani Eirik Hole & Mary Bone, The Concept of Reference Architectures, INCOSE SE Journal, Volume 13 Issue Number 1, ISSN: 1098-1241, p. 14-27, January 2010