The 4x6 tiered architecture method: An approach to the design of enterprise solutions

Ethan Hadar, Irit Hadar, Gabriel M. Silberman, John J. Harrison

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Enterprise architecture software design is all about composing applications to assemble value-added solutions rather than standalone products. Yet, each product and technology may have been designed and developed separately because of software engineering practices, management control over the deliverables, or technology acquisitions. To promote efficient assembly, solutions must be architected in a similar style, adhering to fundamental design principles while leveraging capabilities available in modern environments and relevant platforms. Furthermore, business agility and cost requirements dictate the identification of common capabilities and their development as reusable components across products and solutions. The 4x6 Tiered Architecture Method presented in this paper imposes a structured design, in terms of steps to follow, structure and documentation, for the logical view of an enterprise solution. Application of the 4x6 method to the analysis of an enterprise solution yields a six-tiered architecture structure and an abstract architecture specification. This specification expresses the various components, dependencies and design patterns using a graph-based data model (or "architecture catalog") and blueprint, the latter expressed as both a diagram and XML document. The 4x6 Method has been applied in practice; this experience indicates that this method results in higher quality architecture and requires lower effort for both constructing and reviewing the architecture and its documentation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Information Systems EngineeringWorkshops - CAiSE 2012 International Workshops, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783642310683
StatePublished - 2012
EventInternational Workshops on Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops, CAiSE 2012 - Gdansk, Poland
Duration: 25 Jun 201226 Jun 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume112 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


ConferenceInternational Workshops on Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops, CAiSE 2012


  • Design Tools and Techniques
  • Domainspecific architectures
  • Patterns
  • Software Architectures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation


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