When it comes to implementing an IT project, having a clear map of what needs to be built and how it will be built is crucial. That’s where solution architecture and design really matter. While enterprise architecture looks at the bigger picture of an organisation’s technology landscape, solution architecture is focused on the specific project or system at hand.
At Business Aspect, we use industry-standard structures for developing solution architecture and design, such as the 4+1 view model. This is delivered as Solution Overview Documents, or Solution Architecture Documents. Our approach is pragmatic, and we use modelling and formalisms that are appropriate for the domain. For instance, when designing an application system, we use UML, whereas when working on a network, we use logical network diagrams and standards such as IEC 62443 to describe requirements.
Our Solution Architecture and Design Process
To develop a solution architecture, we follow a staged approach with carefully planned phases. The first step is to define the scope of the project and understand the context, including the goals, risks, constraints, and limitations. Once we have a clear understanding of what needs to be achieved, we move on to gathering the business requirements, including data requirements.
Next, we identify, evaluate, and select solution options. This is where we look at the various ways in which the project can be approached and weigh the pros and cons of each option. Once we have selected the best option, we move on to defining the application or service. This involves specifying the features and functions that the system will provide.
The next step is to define the technology that will be used to build the system. This includes selecting the hardware, software, and networking components that will be required. Finally, we create a realisation plan that outlines the steps needed to build the system, including timelines, resource allocation, and testing.
Our approach to solution architecture and design is flexible and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each project. Whether you need help with a new system implementation or an upgrade to an existing system, our team of experts can provide you with the guidance and support you need to achieve your goals.
To sum up, solution architecture and design are crucial components of any IT project. By following a phased approach that considers the business requirements, technology, and realisation plan, we can ensure that the project is completed on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. If you need help with solution architecture and design, get in touch with us at Business Aspect, and we’ll be happy to assist.