Wednesday, December 15, 2021


Software architecture is not a solution in itself, but rather, a component of the overall business objective.

The modern world we live in is interwoven by exponentiality of information and software-led intelligence and convenience. Software shouldn’t dominate the world, but it touches the world in almost every perspective. Software architecture framework enables early prediction analysis of a business system’s qualities, considering the whole, and their purpose to achieve the goals for the thing being architected to unlock organizational performance and maturity. 

Software architecture would be an interplay of business, information, application, technology architecture, for business integration, transformation, and governance. Whether it is part of a single area or across the whole company, extend software architecture beyond conventional boundaries, to integrate internally with other business units, externally with partners, service providers and others

Business Architecture:
The goal of software development is to solve business problems and satisfy customers, not about overcoming technical challenges only. Thus, the interplay of business architecture and software architecture provides an angle for the architects and management to understand the bigger picture, interdependence of varying pieces, and holism of problem-solving. Practically, business Architecture is a series of methods and industry-standard practices to describe what you do, why, how, where, and who derives or how to do it. It helps to shape a longer view to make sure that the patterns and impacts the organization is going to provide in business solutions can be sustained in the systems of people. As people are the center for running a successful organization.

Business Architecture role in designing and planning future enterprise helps to set up the environment for implementing business solutions, often software solutions, such that it becomes hard to not do good design, and hard to not consider seamless integration. The real value of business architecture is to identify gaps, assumptions, risks, etc, balance multi-facet of facts and data, set priorities, to achieve a situational compromise or trade-off. To expand the business management view, it aids in the business transformation from strategy to plan and acts as an assurance of the quality of the strategy and contributes to improved quality of management.

Information Architecture: Information is permeating into every corner of the business and every perspective of human society right now, information processing and governance is an integral component of software development. Software architecture is not a solution in itself, but rather, a component of the overall business objective. Information architecture can play a significant role in facilitating information usage to identify weaknesses and priorities, make timely decisions, and process feedback that allows you to continuously make adjustments on the move, either for building quality software or running a great company.

Information Architecture is a useful tool in the information governance context by ensuring the standards and reusability; articulating how the information will be structured to enable users to make effective decisions. It focuses on real time information adoption and establishes the informational occurrences required for all management & accomplishment elements, such as incorporating informational balancing; optimizing structures for the best informational application (including processes); risk management, compliance, and governance.

Application architecture:
Software keeps the business in order, but there is also irrationality, chaos, if not being managed effectively. Organizations continue to add new applications, and application vendors continue to upgrade to keep in step with the newest operating systems. Organizations are faced with serious application sprawl and a growing backlog of out-of-date and often unsupported applications; there are too many applications that overlap functionality, too old applications, etc. The longer people wait to maintain or modernize their apps, the larger the problems and costs faced when they are actually forced to make these moves. Application architecture rationalization makes good sense and is informed by understanding the current portfolio via checking whether you have multiple applications doing the same thing in different areas of the business, or whether there are multiple applications providing the same products/services.

Application architecture provides a holistic view of mapping software apps to business competencies for critical problem-solving. Oftentimes, an application does well at a gross level but when it comes down to individual applications, it doesn’t do that well because it didn’t focus on solving crucial business problems or putting too much internal focus. Nowadays, more and more new applications or new versions of the existing application will be delivered with on demand models. Good business sense suggests that knowing an application's utilization and resource consumption are necessary to make good architecture decisions. The architecture is used as an instrument to orchestrate capabilities and avoid implementation of redundant, complex, and duplicative capabilities. Ideally, an architect and technical staff, coupled with each other, work well on software development, as well as how to consolidate, integrate and optimize an application portfolio that builds up differentiated business capabilities for improving strategy management effectiveness.

Software architecture is not a solution in itself, but rather, a component of the overall business objective. That aspect is often confused as too many architectures are constructed without regard as to why it is there to begin with. Software is just one of many factors in addressing a solution and often a solution is not delivered because something fails. Requirements, qualities and cost factors should be prioritized while comfort zone and market trends take place when architecting software. Software Architecture intuitively denotes the high level structures of a software system and provides a holistic framework for the business to manage a software-driven organizational competency systematically.


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