I recently showed examples of graphs that depict how an application might conform to standards. I consider the concept of conformance as an important part of an Application Architecture. Conformance is also a key element in the practice of Enterprise Architecture. If an organisation wants to progress from its current architecture to a future state, it has to govern the development projects that are run to ensure there is no deviation from the end goal. Even if it does not plan to be in a different place in future, it certainly wants to uphold certain standards for the sake of quality and managing risk to the business. The next few posts will discuss application standards.