Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise architecture involves many key business insights throughout the development cycle – business strategy, technical infrastructure, competitive landscape, data, and most importantly, how to deliver value to all stakeholders (users, developers, managers and the architecture team).

We’ve found that while the interests of the user community are well understood and religiously protected, other stakeholders don’t enjoy the same support from the architecture. The architects on the team represent knowledge of the products of their organizational group (project, division, etc.) as well as the relative priorities of their system requirements (organizational goals, and product functionality and qualities).  We believe that architects cannot exist and work in isolation from the rest of the organization.

To avoid discord and chaos, CANDA delivers enterprise architecture using the following process to ensure client success:

  • Establish Boundaries   To avoid temptations and reduce distractions, we put a “wall” around the architectural team so they can make rapid and efficient progress is key to efficiency.
  • Prioritize    Keeping track of product priorities and developer concerns, is critical to the success of the project.  We establish open communication between developers, project managers, and the architecture team to ensure systems will be planned AND executed cohesively.
  • Reduce Risk    We have found that reducing risk is critical to keep projects on task and on schedule.  Technical risks can often be curtailed when the architect maintains direct contact with customers, keeping them educated and resulting in a team that is informed of market directions.
  • Team Organization    The key purpose of architecture is to facilitate team communication and understanding. In software development methodologies, reducing risk is also achieved by encouraging communication between various contacts and roles within a project, and involving business leadership in the development and implementation of the enterprise architecture.
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