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Putting Software Architecture in Its Place - Fitting Software Architecture into the Enterprise Technology Landscape

  • April 2008
  • By Eoin Woods (Barclays Global Investors)
  • In this SATURN 2008 presentation, Eoin Woods of Barclays Global Investors shares his thoughts on the fundamental types of architectural activity that are found in the modern enterprise.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
  • Abstract

    As you navigate a software technology-oriented organization, as either an end user or a vendor, you often encounter many quite senior people with the word "architect" in their job title. Software architects, enterprise architects, data architects, systems architects, solutions architects, infrastructure architects…the list goes on and on. You quickly realize that these people can't all be doing the same job, and this realization is reinforced as you meet the people concerned and often find that they have quite different skills, responsibilities, and interests.

    In this talk, I hope to shed some light on this confusing landscape by sharing my thoughts on the fundamental types of architectural activity that are found in the modern enterprise. I will identify the main types of architects that you encounter in different organizations in terms of their responsibilities, the tasks they undertake, the tools and techniques they are likely to find useful in their work, and the way their roles typically relate to one another. Identifying those things should make the situation a little clearer and improve communication between practitioners and researchers, as we aim to refine and improve the state of software architecture practice.software architecture practice.

    In this talk, I hope to shed some light on this confusing landscape by sharing my thoughts on the fundamental types of architectural activity that are found in the modern enterprise. I will identify the main types of architects that you encounter in different organizations in terms of their responsibilities, the tasks they undertake, the tools and techniques they are likely to find useful in their work, and the way their roles typically relate to one another. Identifying those things should make the situation a little clearer and improve communication between practitioners and researchers, as we aim to refine and improve the state of software architecture practice.software architecture practice.

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