An introduction to fundamental architecture concepts

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- Architecture vs. Design
- Conceptual vs. Logical vs. Physical architecture
- Viewpoint Frameworks
- Architecture Domains
- Architecture Tiers

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An introduction to fundamental architecture concepts

  1. 1. An Introduction to Fundamental Architecture Concepts Warren Weinmeyer March, 2013 Warren Weinmeyer May 2012 Updated: Sept. 2014 Updated: Oct. 2015
  2. 2. Usage and Attribution • You are free and welcome to use and apply the information in this slide deck, including the copying of any diagrams and text • I would appreciate, but not require, an acknowledgement should you do so
  3. 3. To Avoid Confusion: This deck is not about Building Architecture • This deck is for you if any of the following search terms are of relevance: • IT Architecture • Enterprise Architecture • Business Architecture • Physical Architecture • This deck is likely to disappoint you if any of the following search terms are of relevance: • City Planning • High-rise construction • BIM • Building massing and sizing
  4. 4. Who am I? • I have 30 years of experience in a variety of industries (manufacturing, transportation, energy, finance, retail, entertainment, utilities and government), mostly in large, complex projects. • I’ve worked in high-tech startups and multi-national corporations • I’ve been working as an Architect for about 15 years, and am certified (some might say, certifiable!). • I have built or re-built Architecture Practices at two reasonably large corporations, and consulted on practice improvements at others. • My philosophy on Architecture is that it needs to be holistic, and that one should leverage best practices instead of home-baking everything from scratch. • This philosophy has evolved from my repeated observation that managers who create a fragmented Architecture Practice that is not embedded into everyday corporate processes, and Architects who ignore the great work that is already out there, are two common causes for failure of an Architecture Practice.
  5. 5. Contents • Architecture vs. Design • Architectural Abstraction • Viewpoints and Views • Standard Architecture Domains • Standard Architecture Tiers • TOGAF and Continuous Improvement • Integrating Architecture into the Annual Cycle • Integrating Architecture into Projects 5
  6. 6. Standardization of Architecture Definitions • There is little in the way of universal agreement on rigorous definitions of: • Architecture vs. Design • Conceptual/Logical/Physical Architecture • To make it more complicated, these ideas exist on gradients with lots of “grey areas” • There’s better agreement on tiers of architecture • Also better agreement on standard architecture domains • It’s important to standardize definitions to create a coherent framework that will help achieve consistency in quality and in format for architectural artifacts 6
  7. 7. 7 Architecture vs. Design
  8. 8. DEFINITIONS: Architecture: • The fundamental organization of a system, embodied in its components, their relationships to each other and the environment, and the principles governing its design and evolution. (ANSI/IEEE 1471-2000) • A representation of a system in which there is a mapping of functionality onto hardware and software components, a mapping of the software architecture onto the hardware architecture, and human interaction with these components. (Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute) • An architecture is the most important, pervasive, top-level, strategic inventions, decisions, and their associated rationales about the overall structure (i.e., essential elements and their relationships) and associated characteristics and behavior. (OPEN Process Framework) • A description of the design and contents of a computer system. If documented, it may include information such as a detailed inventory of current hardware, software and networking capabilities; a description of long-range plans and priorities for future purchases, and a plan for upgrading and/or replacing dated equipment and software. (National Center for Education Statistics). • The structure of components, their interrelationships, and the principles and guidelines governing their design and evolution over time. (TOGAF) • In the end, architecture boils down to whatever the important stuff is – Martin Fowler 8
  9. 9. DEFINITIONS: Design: • Realization of a concept or idea into a configuration, drawing, model, mould, pattern, plan or specification (on which the actual or commercial production of an item is based) and which helps achieve the item's designated objective(s). (BusinessDictionary.com) • A specification or plan for making a particular artifact or for undertaking a particular activity. A design is the basis for, and precursor to, the making of an artifact.” (Terence Love, 2002) • The process of refining and expanding the preliminary design phase (i.e. the architecture) of a system or component to the extent that the design is sufficiently complete to be implemented. (IEEE Standard Glossary of Software Engineering Terminology) 9
  10. 10. Architecture vs. Design • Most agree that there’s a difference between architecture and design • Both talk about specification, but to different degrees: a detailed Architecture specification can be implemented in more than one way, but a detailed design can’t. • A design (that complies with the Architecture) is therefore required to proceed to implementation • Architecture applies analysis along dimensions that Design usually does not: • organizational/technical/legal risks, impacts and dependencies • future-state projections (transitional solutions, roadmaps), • deviations from Strategy or standards • solution qualities (scalability, reliability, …) • etc. • Architecture addresses alignment, construction, deployment, operational and retirement aspects of a solution; Design often is just about construction. 10 More Abstract More Concrete Abstraction Continuum Architecture Design Context- dependent
  11. 11. Architecture: Know When to Stop! • The deficiencies of under-architecting are fairly obvious: • the architecture description is fundamentally not useful and serves only as a “checkbox” on some stage-gate. • the Architecture team can become irrelevant • The deficiencies of over-architecting are more subtle but no less important: • over-specification impedes project velocity, adds too much overhead • reduces the availability of the Architect to other initiatives • the resulting architecture description is more difficult to re-use • it adds avoidable cost: Architects are more expensive • it can spark resentment from other team members who are deprived of meaningful design influence 11
  12. 12. Attributes of a good Architecture Description • Provides enough detail to: • describe the salient properties of the solution • describe the salient technical and organizational risks, impacts and inter-dependencies • confirm that any compliant solution fulfills the salient Business (functional) and Technical (non-functional) requirements • give designers real guidance to specify a compliant solution • Provides analysis and context that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders • Can be physically implemented in more than 1 way (i.e. is not tied down to a single solution specification): is NOT directly implementable 12
  13. 13. What is “Salient”? • It depends! • this is one reason why an Architect is a senior role • what is ”salient” is based on the concerns of the stakeholders, the greater picture of the current and future state of the organizational and technical environment, the need to deliver actionable guidance, etc. • Over-specification is a result of the Architect performing design work by virtue of not making good decisions about what is “salient”. 13
  14. 14. • Examples: 14 A Physical Architecture • In this example, the architect decided the following were salient: • The Windows version of the application-hosting servers is specified because it is a product dependency and is therefore architecturally significant. • SQL Server is specified because it the mandated standard. • Also, SQL Server is specified as 64-bit due to identified processing bandwidth requirements, as well as in a cluster due to reliability requirements: these are architecturally significant. Example: Physical Architecture vs. Design
  15. 15. Example: Physical Architecture vs. Design 15 A Design that is Compliant to the Physical Architecture • In this example, the designer decided the following were salient: • Many of the servers are specified to be VMs running in the corporate VM pool, with a specified amount of dedicated compute capacity. • The version/release of all technical software components is specified. • The required drive mappings and drive sizes are indicated, as are DNS names. • Infrastructure hardware like the load balancer that is explicitly part of the solution is specified, while the rest, like switches and firewalls, are not.
  16. 16. 16 Architectural Abstraction
  17. 17. DEFINITIONS: • Conceptual Architecture: • shows of a set of relationships between factors that are believed to impact or lead to a target condition; a diagram that defines theoretical entities, objects, or conditions of a system and the relationships between them. (Dictionary.com) • represents 'concepts' (entities) and relationships between them…aim is to express the meaning of terms and concepts used by domain experts to discuss the problem, and to find the correct relationships between different concepts. (Wikipedia.com) • Logical Architecture: • logical relationships between the resources, activities, outputs and outcomes of a program… the underlying purpose is to assess the causal relationships between the elements of the program. (Wikipedia.com) • Logical architecture addresses the information system seen macroscopically, by focusing on its main components, their interconnections and the flows exchanged, and by structuring them by group into larger-scale modules. (Softeam) • Physical Architecture: • details network capabilities, server specifications, hardware requirements and other information related to deploying the proposed system. (Sparx) 17
  18. 18. Conceptual vs. Logical vs. Physical Architecture • Conceptual, Logical, and Physical representations are the most common layers of architectural abstraction • Conceptual Architecture is the highest level of abstraction, and often does not get very detailed • Logical Architecture applies to a wide range of abstraction levels between Conceptual and Physical and can be very detailed • Physical Architecture is the least abstract representation and typically is very detailed 18 More Abstract More Concrete Architecture Abstraction Continuum Conceptual PhysicalLogical
  19. 19. Conceptual Architecture • Conceptual architecture diagrams are static (structural) models • The focus is on the relationship of the concepts central to the topic, not on how things work • that is the fundamental differentiator of a Conceptual model from a high-level Logical model. • If arrows or connectors are shown in a Conceptual model, it is only to show which conceptual entities are related to each other, never to show sequence or process flow. • Typically, the intent is to provide a 1-page visual introduction to the topic, though multi-level and more detailed models are possible. • APQC, Capability Models and similar structural models are Conceptual • Some other examples of Conceptual Models: 19
  20. 20. Logical Architecture • Describes how a solution works, in terms of function and logical information. • Can be at a very high level down to a very detailed level • at the highest levels may map essentially 1:1 with the conceptual entities described in the Conceptual models • at the lowest levels may map essentially 1:1 to physical entities that are described in the Physical models. • Can show a static view (for example, connectivity) or a dynamic view (for example, process flow) • The following models describe the same thing, at different levels of Logical detail: 20
  21. 21. Logical Architecture • Example: a detailed logical model that almost maps 1:1 with the corresponding physical model that realizes the Logical architecture 21
  22. 22. Physical Architecture • Refers to specific products, protocols, and data representation where/when/if it is architecturally salient to do so • This is where over-architecting can most easily occur • Even when specifying real-world products, there is typically missing information for detailed design to provide • for example: Product Versions, 32/64-bit, physical/virtual platform, etc. 22
  23. 23. Mixed Models • Sometimes, it is desirable to create a model that is not a pure Physical or pure Logical model. • It is ok to do that if it’s done in a controlled way: • Your Modeling Framework should specify which models can contain mixed elements • You should standardize the types of models you create by defining a framework that defines all the models and how they conceptually relate to each other • If you are not consistent in how you create your models, then it will make it very difficult for your repository tool (if you have one) to generate good analytics from, but it also just in general impedes understandability of your models. 23
  24. 24. 24 Viewpoints and Views
  25. 25. Definitions: • Viewpoints and Views are described in ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 (previously, 1471-2000 - IEEE Recommended Practice for Architectural Description for Software-Intensive Systems) • TOGAF complies (essentially) with IEEE • These terms have been around for a long time: the IEEE description adds rigour to the concepts • A Viewpoint identifies the set of concerns and the representations/modeling techniques, etc. used to describe the architecture that addresses those concerns • A View is a concrete description of a specific aspect of the entire solution • A View is a realization of a (corresponding) Viewpoint • Viewpoint vs. View have a relationship that is analogous to that of Pattern vs. Implementation, or (perhaps more accurately) Class vs. Object or (perhaps most accurately) Schema vs. Message 25
  26. 26. Viewpoints • Viewpoints serve to provide the underlying guidance for how to describe an architectural perspective: they are based on the Architectural Concerns (i.e. “interests”) of one or more Stakeholders. • Therefore, Viewpoints ensure that architecture descriptions are geared to their Stakeholders’ information needs. • You need multiple Viewpoints to create the complete architectural description • The diagram below shows a portion of the ISO 42010 conceptual model: • An Architecture Description is organized into one or more Views. • Each View is constructed conforming to/governed by a Viewpoint • A Viewpoint addresses an audience (Stakeholders) by framing out specific information (Concerns) through employing specific models. 26
  27. 27. Viewpoints 27 • IEEE specifies that a viewpoint description includes: • The Viewpoint name • The stakeholders addressed by the viewpoint • The architectural concerns “framed” by the viewpoint (i.e. the purpose) • The language, or modeling techniques, or analytical methods used to construct, depict and analyze the resulting view • Note: the models you use should be organized into a coherent framework of models (in this example: TOGAF) • The source, if any, of the viewpoint (e.g., author, literature citation) • A viewpoint may optionally include: • Consistency or completeness checks associated with the underlying method to be applied to models within the view • Evaluation or analysis techniques to be applied to models within the view • Heuristics, patterns, or other guidelines which aid in the synthesis of an associated view or its models • By understanding your Stakeholders and what their information requirements are (i.e. their Architectural Concerns), you can construct a library of pre-defined, re-usable Viewpoints.
  28. 28. Viewpoint Frameworks • Constructing a library of Viewpoints, however, is not sufficient to ensure that a resulting set of views properly illustrates all the architectural characteristics and all the stakeholder concerns. • It is necessary that the relationships between all the Viewpoints in the library be defined in a manner that they aggregate to cover the entire scope of architecture description, and do not overlap (at least significantly) each other. • This is what is referred to as a Viewpoint Framework. • If the Viewpoints are constructed into a well-structured framework, then the Views that are generated out of that Viewpoint framework will describe the architecture of the given solution in a consistent, coherent and comprehensive manner. • Viewpoint Frameworks increase the velocity, consistency and quality of the task of creating architecture descriptions 28
  29. 29. Viewpoint Framework Example • The Viewpoints in a Viewpoint Framework have well-defined conceptual relationships with each other. • As an aggregation, the Viewpoints in the Framework cover the entire scope of architectural concerns from all the Stakeholders • Note that the Viewpoints (mostly) fall into the category of a particular branch of Architecture (referred to as a Domain) • Domains are explained later in this deck 29
  30. 30. View Frameworks • Just as a Viewpoint Framework is a structured set of Viewpoints, a View Framework is a structured set of Views. • The conceptual relationships between Viewpoints that is the essence of the Viewpoint framework are identically reflected in the resulting View framework. • However there is a further difference between a View framework and a Viewpoint framework aside from abstraction: • the Viewpoint framework encompasses the full suite of Viewpoints in the library, but the View framework consists only of the Views that will be constructed for the solution in question. • As a contrived (not realistic) example… • take a very simple Viewpoint framework consisting of a Business Process, an Infrastructure and a Security viewpoint. • the solution architecture is to simply implement a network. • there is no requirement for a Business Process view so the View framework for this would not include a Business Process view, even though there exists a Business Process viewpoint. 30
  31. 31. 31 Standard Architecture Domains
  32. 32. Architecture Overview – Architecture Domains • Business Architecture: Vision, Strategy, Objectives, Processes, Principles, Capabilities, Actors, Use Cases, Organization, etc. • Application Architecture: Systems, Applications, Services, Protocols, Messages, Interfaces, Transactions, etc. • Data/Information Architecture: Information Entities, Ontologies, Taxonomies, Data Relationships, Schemas, etc. • Technical Architecture: Network, Servers, Storage, Communications, Platforms, etc. • The scope of concerns that Architecture deals with is so broad that we divide it into different categories, typically called domains – but it is all Architecture: if you are not considering the full scope of domains, it is questionable whether you are actually doing Architecture! 32 Note: this visualization was adapted from the Software AG/IDS Scheer ARIS manual…so… thanks, ARIS! A commonly-referenced framework of architectural domains is:
  33. 33. DEFINITIONS: Business Architecture: • Graphical representation of a business model, showing the networks through which authority, information, and work flows in a firm. It serves as the blueprint of a firm's business structure, and clarifies how the firm's activities and policies will affect its defined objectives. (BusinessDictionary.com) • The practice of creating a design to satisfy an organization’s strategic and tactical directives by providing an enterprise-wide, holistic business view, and identifying and monitoring both internal and external impacting factors and interdependencies. (Business Architects Association) • A blueprint of the enterprise that provides a common understanding of the organization and is used to align strategic objectives and tactical demands. (OMG Business Architecture Special Interest Group (BASIG)) • A description of the structure and interaction between the business strategy, organization, functions, business processes, and information needs. (TOGAF) • The structure and behavior of a business system (not necessarily related to computers). Covers business goals, business functions or capabilities, business processes and roles etc. Business functions and business processes are often mapped to the applications and data they need. (Wikipedia) 33
  34. 34. DEFINITIONS: Application Architecture: • Application architecture is the organizational design of an entire software application, including all sub-components and external applications interchanges. (wiseGeek.com) • A description of the structure and interaction of the applications as groups of capabilities that provide key business functions and manage the data assets. (TOGAF) • The structure and behavior of applications used in a business, focused on how they interact with each other and with users. Focused on the data consumed and produced by applications rather than their internal structure. In application portfolio management, the applications are usually mapped to business functions and to application platform technologies. (Wikipedia) 34
  35. 35. DEFINITIONS: Data/Information Architecture: • The data structures used by a business and/or its applications. Descriptions of data in storage and data in motion. Descriptions of data stores, data groups and data items. Mappings of those data artifacts to data qualities, applications, locations etc. (Wikipedia) • A description of the structure and interaction of the enterprise’s major types and sources of data, logical data assets, physical data assets, and data management resources. (TOGAF) • Information Architecture is about organizing and simplifying information, designing and integrating information spaces/systems, and creating ways for people to find and interact with information content. Its goal is to help people understand and manage information and make right decisions accordingly. (Wei Ding, Xia Lin – Information Architecture) • Set of rules that determine what, and how and where, information will be collected, stored, processed, transmitted, presented, and used. (BusinessDictionary.com) 35
  36. 36. DEFINITIONS: Technical/Technology Architecture: • A description of the structure and interaction of the platform services, and logical and physical technology components. (TOGAF) • The structure and behavior of the technology infrastructure. Covers the client and server nodes of the hardware configuration, the infrastructure applications that run on them, the infrastructure services they offer to applications, the protocols and networks that connect applications and nodes. (Wikipedia) 36
  37. 37. 37 Standard Architecture Tiers
  38. 38. Architecture Overview – Architecture Tiers Enterprise Architecture Organizational Scope Scope of Problem Domain TechnologyHorizon • The industry recognizes 3 general tiers of architecture. These can be visualized using a grid of Problem Domain scope, Technology Horizon (depth of technology, and Organizational scope • Enterprise Architecture (EA) looks at the goals, opportunities and challenges facing the company, and seeks to propose solutions that can holistically improve the enterprise. • EA takes a strategic, inclusive and long-term view, thinking in terms of the enterprise, Capabilities, Business Processes and Services rather than focusing on technological details. 38
  39. 39. Architecture Overview – Architecture Tiers Segment Architecture Enterprise Architecture Organizational Scope Scope of Problem Domain • Segment Architecture is much like EA but is applied to a specific sub- section (segment) of the enterprise. • A segment can be a Portfolio, a Line-of-Business, a Capability, a technology or any other division that makes sense to the company. • Segment Architecture, because the scope is more focused, takes a closer look at the technology and information landscape than at the enterprise level. TechnologyHorizon 39
  40. 40. Architecture Overview – Architecture Tiers Portfolio Architecture Enterprise Architecture Organizational Scope Scope of Problem Domain • Some companies choose to define their segments by Portfolio, so use the term Portfolio Architecture. • Portfolio Architecture can address technological details to a greater degree than EA, but does not have the visibility across the enterprise that EA does. • In some companies, Portfolio Architecture is just folded into EA, so each enterprise architect is assigned a portfolio to manage. • Portfolio Architecture in many ways is Enterprise Architecture within a constrained boundary, but with more exposure to technology specifics. TechnologyHorizon Portfolio Architecture = Segment Architecture 40
  41. 41. Architecture Overview – Architecture Tiers Solution Architecture Portfolio Architecture Enterprise Architecture Organizational Scope Scope of Problem Domain • Solution Architecture is focused on a specific solution and is concerned with compliance to standards, roadmaps and greater strategic objectives, in addition to finding a solid solution. • Solution Architecture addresses technological details to the level required to ensure the resulting solution is compliant in all relevant ways (the rest is part of Detailed Design). • Unlike EA and Portfolio Architecture, which are continuous activities, the activity of Solution Architecture is typically tied to a project lifecycle or delivery of some similar work product. TechnologyHorizon 41
  42. 42. All Architecture Domains are addressed at every Tier Solution Architecture Portfolio Architecture Enterprise Architecture Organizational Scope Scope of Problem Domain • Each of these 3 tiers of architecture (Enterprise, Portfolio, and Solution) include all four architectural domains (i.e., Business, Application, Information, and Technical Architecture) – but they do so based on their different scopes of mandate. Project Business Architect Project Information Architect Project Application Architect Project Technical Architect • Project Architects operate in a niche and can be brought into a project under the oversight of the Solution Architect in order to provide specialist expertise or to lighten the workload of the SA. • Often, a lead programmer or technical specialist is actually what’s required, not a specialist architect. TechnologyHorizon Project Integration Architect Project Data Architect Etc. 42
  43. 43. Tiers and Domains does NOT mean Silos! Solution Architecture Portfolio Architecture Enterprise Architecture Organizational Scope Scope of Problem Domain TechnologyHorizon 43 • These divisions are simply tools to understand where and how to apply architectural discipline, and to break down the challenge into parts that are easier to grasp. • The actual process of Architecture is continuous and holistic across Tiers and Domains – it is a continuous- improvement lifecycle. • If EA strategic roadmaps do not see realization in operational solutions, then EA is irrelevant, and SA is at best an incremental value- add. • Breaking up EA, PA, and SA into silos (which many companies do) is contrary to the whole value proposition of Architecture for spanning silos.
  44. 44. 44 TOGAF and Continuous Improvement
  45. 45. TOGAF as a Modified Deming Cycle • The Deming Cycle is an iterative process (originating in the manufacturing sector) for quality management and continuous improvement. • It consists of 4 steps: • Plan: Establish objectives • Do: Implement the plan • Check: Study the results • Act: Adjust to bring results in line with objectives • TOGAF also is based on a continuous improvement lifecycle 45 Plan DoCheck Act Deming Cycle Are we doing the right things? Are we doing things right? Are we getting the expected results? Are the results netting the expected benefits?
  46. 46. TOGAF as a Modified Deming Cycle 46 • Here is a diagram of TOGAF’s ADM (architecture development method). Colour-coding is used to map TOGAF stages to Deming Cycle steps. • Quality control and continuous improvement entails: • iterating and going back to previous steps when necessary • constant cross-references between Requirements as they evolve versus the architecture specifications as they evolve. • assessing gaps, redundancies and performance of delivered architectures • defining future states with capability maturity models and roadmaps, • transitional architectures to guide progress to the future state.
  47. 47. 47 Integrating Architecture into the Annual Corporate Cycle
  48. 48. The Basic Annual Corporate Cycle 48 • Most companies tend to keep to a traditional, fundamental annual rhythm that has 3 basic phases: • Planning for the upcoming year • Executing projects that were identified in the planning stage • Maintaining/operating the changes delivered as project outcomes • Includes the monitoring, operating and supporting of systems
  49. 49. The Basic Cycle Exists at Multiple Corporate Levels 49 • The basic annual cycle discussed in the previous slide can be seen expressed at various levels throughout the corporation: • At the Organization Level: • Involves strategically prioritizing and sequencing Business demand • Governance of delivery and change management • Centralized Help Desk function • At the Portfolio Level: • Involves identifying and planning strategic capability enhancements • Management and synchronization of projects impacting the portfolio technical landscape • Identifying capability gaps and redundancies in the technical landscape of the portfolio • Managing the portfolio information landscape • At the Service Level: • Involves identifying and planning service improvements • Managing delivery projects • Managing the introduction of new solutions into the technical landscape • Operating, monitoring, supporting and maintaining solutions
  50. 50. 50 • The process of Architecture is a holistic and continuous integration of EA (Enterprise Architecture), PA (Portfolio/Segment Architecture) and SA (Solution Architecture): • At the Organization level: • Architecture is practiced through EA involvement in strategic issues, such as the business priorities, prioritization of investments across Portfolios, architectural governance (i.e., standards, architectural patterns, and compliance) and future-state visioning/planning • At the Portfolio/segment level: • Architecture is practiced through PA involvement in strategic issues such as portfolio management, portfolio road-mapping, capability planning and project opportunity identification, in alignment with EA planning and prioritization. • At the Service level: • Architecture is practiced through Solution Architecture within service delivery projects, which themselves produce solutions that operate within the managed Portfolios that requested the projects. Architecture is Continuous Across Organization Levels Architecture integrates into the basic Corporate cycles at each level of the organization, and helps to provide a vertical backbone of integration between levels. The next slide shows more explicitly exactly how Architecture acts as an agent of integration across organization levels.
  51. 51. 51 Integrating Architecture into Projects
  52. 52. Architecture Engagement Across the Project Lifecycle 52 • Architecture, executed holistically at the EA, PA and SA tiers, is involved in the complete lifecycle of an idea, right from strategic planning through realization and assessment of the operating state, and back again to strategic planning. • EA activities (are baked right into corporate processes) spawn PA activities (which are baked right into portfolio processes) spawn SA activities (which are baked into project processes). EA = Enterprise Architecture/Enterprise Architect PA = Portfolio Architecture/Portfolio Architect SA = Solution Architecture/Solution Architect
  53. 53. Here is a closer look at some of the Architectural Inputs for a Project Design & Build TestAnalyze Elaboration Construction Transition Chg Mgmt Deploy Support & Warranty Project Charter Portfolio Architect Solution Architect Non-funct Requirmts RFx System Selectn Detailed Non-funct Requirmts Detailed Soln Arch Test Plan Iterations or Sprints Deploymt Plan Operational Support Model Legend Architectural inputs Architectural deliverable Strategic Roadmap (Demand Planning) Transition Plan Retirement Plan Conceptual & high-level Logical solution architecture is required before starting an RFx, performing System Selection, or beginning detailed architecture and design Requires non-functional requirements, Conceptual and high- level Logical architecture to be completed Requires non- functional requirements, Conceptual and high- level Logical architecture to be completed This is the Support Sustainment “bible” SA provides technology retirement, resource reclamation and information disposition plans Depending on SDLC, may iterate as far as development milestones or all the way to incremental deploytments Depending on SDLC, may iterate as far as development milestones or all the way to incremental deployments Detailed Logical architecture and physical architecture; may be done in iterations for agile projects SA reviews development team test plans, contributes non-functional test plans SA provides backup, technical deployment and rollback plans SA provides cut-over plan, including data migration Project Phase Inception PA provides Architect FTE estimate for budgeting, and provides tasks & work estimates for scheduling Portfolio, Investment Theme and Program strategic roadmaps Portfolio application roadmap(s) PA provides complexity & tech assessment content, reads final doc: this ensures early visibility into the approved project 53 Conceptual & Logical Soln Arch Business Case Tactical Roadmap An Architect creates this An Architect contributes to this
  54. 54. 54 Key Take-Aways • Architecture in practice is a holistic endeavour of continuous improvement that is both broad and deep: • Architecture Domains (Business Architecture, Application Architecture, Information Architecture, Technical Architecture) and Architecture Tiers (Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Architecture, Solution Architecture) are simply a way to overlay conceptual columns and rows against this broad topic to allow us to artificially subdivide it and get our heads around it. But we must NEVER actually practice Architecture in deconstructed isolation like that. • Views are slices of the complete architectural description, oriented to a specific stakeholder audience. • Views contain artefacts (models, diagrams, tables, etc.) and narrative text to address specific Stakeholder’s architectural Concerns. • The models in a View may be Conceptual, Logical or Physical (or a controlled mix), depending on how preliminary or high-level the architectural perspective is: • Models developed during Enterprise Architecture or Portfolio Architecture, or during the earlier stages of Solution Architecture are likely to be Conceptual and non-detailed Logical models • Models developed during later stages of Solution Architecture are likely to be detailed Logical and Physical models. • You need multiple Views to create a complete architectural description (to cover all the Concerns of all the Stakeholders) • Viewpoints are the “schema” that specify what a View that realizes that Viewpoint must contain • You should structure your Viewpoints into a framework to minimize redundant overlap between them while ensuring that the entire scope of stakeholder architectural concerns are addressed.
  55. 55. 55 I hope you have found this instructional slide deck of some use in your research to better understand the modern practice of Architecture!

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