Designing solutions and processes to implement applications and environments
creating solutions to meet strategic goals and designing applications and integrations to implement the solution
Solutions Architecture describes how something will be implemented. Unlike Enterprise Architecture, which details the entire organization, Solutions Architecture focuses on an aspect of a strategic goal. Utilizing modeling and the Software Development Lifecycle, the solutions architect becomes the technical lead and delivers class models and application architectures.
Service Stratum has very experienced Solutions Architects and can meet the needs of your organization. Whether the solution is .NET, Java, SQL, NOSQL, or an integration project, Service Stratum consultants can meet the need.
What industry does your company live in? Many times Solution Architects recommend the same solutions over and over based on how their industry practices application development. That is where Service Stratum differs. With cross-industry experience, Service Stratum architects can determine a solution that will fit the requirements but can also recommend other alternatives from various industry verticles.
For instance, if you are in the Life and Liability Insurance industry leveraging transactional analytics and logistical regression from the financial verticle can assist your organization in finding the right markets and age groups. We're not talking about nightly or monthly reports, we are talking about as it happens. Having the ability to see how your population is distributed, what products they are using and are interested in and the cost of these products throughout a demographic in real-time has value.
Service Stratum can assist with the solution design to maximize your presence and minimize technical debt.
What type of artifacts can you expect from a Solution Architect?
Reference Architectures, design patterns, solution and development patterns, detailed system and functional requirements specifications, UML Use Case models, UML Class Diagrams, Test Strategy and high-level test plan, an Implementation Guide and Post-Production Support Manual. There are many artifacts that can be listed but these are the bare minimum. Without them the project or Agile team will lack the necessary direction to implement the solution or will derive potentially inaccurate or erroneous requirements.
Designing solutions is an art. Understanding the Software Development Lifecycle is essential to a successful project. Solutions Architecture aligns developers, testers, and automation resources in order to deliver a quality product. Solution Architects work with the QA department to ensure unit, regression, exploratory and other types of testing occur. If your project is Agile based, the solution should be structured in a way the development, testing and acceptance happen throughout each integration.
Goals and Benefits
Solutions Architecture helps your organization by providing artifacts that describe how your solutions meet business objectives and key strategic goals. These artifacts create a catalog of solutions. With this catalog, you can schedule updates, sunset activities, and optimization efforts.