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What Is Data Architecture? Components and Uses

November 2, 2023

Data Architecture describes the infrastructure that connects a Business Strategy and Data Strategy with technical execution. Ideally, Data Architecture happens within a systematic framework, providing a foundation for people and systems to work with data.

Three types of components underlie the architecture infrastructure and connect to drive insights, make data-driven decisions, and manage risk. They include:

  • Outcomes: Models, definitions, and data flows, depicted at various levels, usually referred to as “architecture artifacts”
  • Activities: The forms, deploys, and fulfills of the architecture intentions
  • Behaviors: Collaborations, mindsets, and skills impacting business teams, roles, and enterprise architecture