Software Architecture Types

Posted on 17/12/2009. Filed under: Enterprise Architecture, Software Architecture |

IT Architect; Application Architect; Solution Architect; Enterprise Architect what does all this mean?
Who are they and where does they fit into the business?

These are some of the most common questions asked by Business Executives.

In conceptual terms the following analogy could be used.

A newspaper – Enterprise Architect

The sports section – Solution Architect

The latest football news – Application Architect

The definition of an architect is: “someone who create plans to aid in the construct of things”.

At a practical level the table below gives a breakdown how each architect will contribute to the business.

Architect Type Strategic Thinking System Interactions Communication Design
Enterprise Across Projects Abstracted Enterprise level High level
Solution Solution Very detailed Single project, multiple teams Detail
Application Component re-use, maintainability Single application Single team Very detailed

Application and IT Architect focus at the same level.

The IT Architect is more concerned with hardware and networks versus software applications.

The Solution Architect works across 3 IT Domains (IT, Application & Data).

The Enterprise Architect works across all 4 domains – Business, Application, Data and IT.

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