Date Added: Jul 2012
Enterprise services computing is the current trend for powerful large-scale information systems, which increasingly converge with cloud, computing environments. In this paper, the authors propose an original ontology-based Architecture Classification Framework for supporting cyclic architecture evaluations and optimizations of enterprise systems based on service-oriented architectures: ESARC - Enterprise Services Architecture Reference Cube. ESARC provides a standardized and normative classification framework for important architecture artifacts of service-oriented enterprise systems. Current approaches for assessing architecture quality and maturity of service-oriented enterprise software architectures are rarely validated and were intuitively developed, having sparse reference model, pattern, meta-model, or ontology foundation.