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Reflections on Software Architecture

May 2016 Presentation
Linda M. Northrop

This talk shares a perspective on the history of software architecture, challenges and trends influencing the need for change, and applicable research and practices.

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

Software architecture has enormous influence on the behavior of a system. For many categories of systems, early architectural decisions can have a greater influence on success than nearly any other factor. After more than 20 years of research and practice, the foundations for software architecture have been established and codified, but challenges remain. Among other trends, increased connectivity, a shift to the cloud and to mobile platforms, and increased operational and market tempos have precipitated the need for changes in architectural practices and decisions. This talk shares a perspective on the history of software architecture, trends influencing the need for change and the related architectural challenges, and some applicable research and practices.