Practical Software Architecture Moving from System Context to Deployment

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2015-11-22
  • Publisher: IBM Press
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Getting Architecture Just Right: Detailed Practical Guidance for Architecting Any Real-World IT Project

To build effective architectures, software architects must tread a fine line between precision and ambiguity (a.k.a. big animal pictures). This is difficult but crucial: Failure to achieve this balance often leads directly to poor systems design and implementation. Now, pioneering IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer Tilak Mitra offers the first complete guide to developing end-to-end solution architectures that are “just enough”--identifying and capturing the most important artifacts, without over-engineering or excessive documentation, and providing a practical approach to consistent and repeated success in defining software architectures.

Practical Software Architecture provides detailed prescriptive and pragmatic guidance for architecting any real-world IT project, regardless of system, methodology, or environment. Mitra specifically identifies the artifacts that require emphasis and shows how to communicate evolving solutions with stakeholders, bridging the gap between architecture and implementation.

Through a real-world case study, Mitra guides you iteratively through building an end-to-end solution architecture. Step by step, he addresses key topics in developing system contexts, architecture overviews, architecture decisions, functional models, operational models, integration patterns for systems design, infrastructure matters, and more. Throughout, you’ll find clear, crisp, and accurate guidance for crafting architectures that can be confidently delivered on time and budget.

Coverage Includes
  • Using architecture to promote communication, enable planning, and support functional as well as nonfunctional capabilities (such as scalability, performance, maintainability, and security)
  • Focusing on the architectural problem at hand and avoiding overreliance on theory and generalization
  • An architectural introduction to analytics
  • Capturing “just enough” about system context, architecture overview, architecture decisions, functional models, and operational models
  • Integration patterns and their usage in architecture design
  • Infrastructure matters in any software architecture
  • A real-world case study and its software architecture

Author Biography

Tilak Mitra is a Chief Technology Officer at IBM, Global Business Services. Tilak is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, with more than 18 years of industry experience in the field and discipline of IT, with a primary focus on complex systems design, enterprise architectures, applied analytics and optimization, and their collective application primarily in the field of industrial manufacturing, automation, and engineering, among various other adjacent industries. He is an influential technologist, strategist, well-regarded thought leader, and a highly sought-after individual to define and drive multidisciplinary innovations across IBM.

As the CTO, Tilak not only drives IBM’s technology strategy for the Strategic Solutions portfolio but also spearheads transformative changes in IBM’s top clients, developing innovative and new business models to foster their IT transformational programs.

Tilak is the co-author of two books--Executing SOA and SOA Governance--and has more than 25 journal publications. He is a passionate sportsperson, captains a champion cricket team in South Florida, and is also a former table tennis (ping pong) champion.

He currently lives in sunny South Florida with his wife and son.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Architecture Overview

3. The System Context

4. The Functional Architecture

5. The Operational Architecture

6. The Integration Architecture

7. The Infrastructure Architecture

8. Performance Modeling

9. Capacity Planning

10. A Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

11. An Analytic Referen

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