- Most organizations have some form of application architecture; however, it may not accurately and sufficiently support the current and rapidly changing business and technical environments.
- In an attempt to enable quick delivery, applications are built and integrated haphazardly, typically omitting architecture quality practices.
- However, architects are getting little traction on implementing solutions to improve architecture quality due to the challenge of tracing these solutions back to the right stakeholder objectives.
- Well-received applications can have poor architectural qualities. Functional needs often take precedence over high quality architecture. Inadequate quality will eventually affect metrics if left out of the initial design.
- Systems are designed in isolation. Cross-functional collaboration throughout design is critical to ensure all types of issues are revealed early. Otherwise, crucial tests are omitted, deployments fail, and end users are dissatisfied.
Impact and Result
- Regularly review and recalibrate your application architecture so that it accurately reflects and supports current stakeholder needs and technical environments. Actively involve and consult stakeholders and technical teams throughout the architecture design process.
- Translate stakeholder objectives into architecture requirements, solutions, and changes. Incorporate application architecture quality attributes in decisions to increase your architecture’s life.
- Evaluate your application architecture from multiple views (i.e. use case, process, component, data, deployment, and system) to obtain a holistic perspective of the range of issues, risks, and opportunities to address.
- Adopt the architecture patterns and styles that will help solve key design challenges. Create a reusable reference architecture that technical teams can use to discuss and implement architecture solutions and changes.
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Onsite Workshop: Optimize Your Application Architecture
Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.
Module 1: Define Your Stakeholder Objectives
- Gather, understand, and interpret stakeholder objectives for application architecture.
- Describe the use cases of your application system.
- Define application architecture quality attributes in your context.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Clear understanding of the stakeholder objectives and quality attributes driving your application architecture.
- Consensus of the scope of the application architecture design.
- In-depth knowledge of the application functionalities supporting business capabilities.
Understand stakeholder objectives.
- List of stakeholder objectives
Clarify application functionalities.
- Use-case view of application system
Define quality attributes.
- Application architecture quality attributes
Module 2: Document Your Current Application Architecture
- Review your current application architecture through multiple representations.
- Identify the issues, risks, and opportunities within your current architecture.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Realization and understanding of the complexities of your current application system.
- Identification of the various areas of concern that can impede your ability to meet architecture requirements.
Document your current state architecture.
- Multiple representations and views of your current application architecture and list of current constraints
Review architectural issues, risks, and opportunities.
- List of architecture issues, risks, and opportunities to address
Module 3: Design Your Target Architecture and Define Your Design Process
- Design an application architecture target state that addresses current issues, opportunities, and stakeholder functional needs.
- Create a compelling case for architectural decisions.
- Define a repeatable application architecture design process.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Creation of a target application architecture that addresses high priority issues and needs.
- Justification of application architecture design decisions from stakeholder, cost-benefit, and risk perspectives.
- Well-understood application architecture design process.
Design your target state application architecture options.
- Target state application architecture design and reference architecture
Justify your architecture decisions.
- Stakeholder, cost-benefit, and risk analysis of design options and an implementation timeline
Define your application architecture process.
- Application architecture design process