Architecture That Balances Short Term Objectives with Long Term Vision

Software architecture is the process of building a structured solution that meets all technical and operational requirements while optimizing quality attributes like security, performance and manageability. It facilitates communication between stakeholders and captures early decisions about high-level design, allowing reuse of design components between projects.

But why does it matter? Like any complex structure, software must be built on a solid foundation. With an effective architecture, you can identify design risks and mitigate them early in the development process. It forces you to consider key scenarios, design for common problems and appreciate the long term consequences of key decisions.

Organizational motivations

  • It facilitates communication with stakeholders to ensure a solution that fulfills their needs
  • It provides a basis for analyzing a solution’s behavior before it has been built
  • It enables cost reduction by identifying reusable elements and decisions
  • It promotes risk management by modeling early decisions that impact the life-cycle
  • It serves as a documented roadmap both during development and in ongoing support

Technical motivations

  • Maintainability… Code can be enhanced with minimal impact to the rest of the system
  • Reliability… Reusable code can be tested in a wide array of case scenarios and conditions
  • Security… System components behave as anticipated in all use-cases
  • Reusability… Developers can work on new features instead of re-implement standard items
  • Scalability… Evolution occurs over time to support new case scenarios and conditions