An architecture that fits like a glove
More and more new technologies, increasingly short innovation cycles. Do you sometimes get the feeling that your business is changing more quickly than your IT? If so, you should consider changing your IT architecture. But be careful! Not every architectural trend is better than what you’ve already got. Your requirements are key.
Whether you’re planning to develop an application landscape, designing the structure for an application in your own data center, or want to use cloud computing: Our experts know which solution is right for you. Why? Because they talk to each other to make sure they see the big picture.
Here are some of the things we can provide practical advice on:
- The principles of twelve-factor apps
- Microservice architectures
- Event-driven architectures
- Cloud-native architectures
- Domain-driven Design (DDD)
Architecture – what does it actually mean?
Do you sometimes lose your way among the many different definitions of “architecture”?
We’re pragmatists, and like to keep it simple: Architecture is anything that helps us make complexity manageable and to create appropriate structures. Appropriate means that the structures must be able to implement both the functional and the non-functional requirements placed upon IT systems.
Please keep one thing in mind: The composition of the architecture is the decisive criterion. The architecture influences the entire software development process. You should therefore proceed with care. Because we recognize this fact, we always involve our various specialists when we’re faced with architecture issues. The expertise of these specialists in areas like application security, performance optimization, test automation, and enterprise architecture planning is worth its weight in gold. This means that we can always keep an eye on interdependencies and can purposefully help you to formulate holistic solutions.
But when is an architecture “right”?
It’s simple: If it fulfills its purpose. Architecture is not an end in itself, nor is it an “ivory tower” science. It’s the requirements that matter, and the appropriate architectural style for these requirements needs to be chosen. We are familiar with the various trends and hypes, discuss various architectural styles like event-driven architectures and microservices, and carefully weigh up the advantages and disadvantages with you. This means that you can rest assured that you’ll ultimately choose the solution that’s right for your company.
Can you bring architecture to life?
Absolutely! But only if it’s explained and tested. That’s the only way of making it real for your employees. After all, even stunning architecture is useless if it can’t reach the team or, ultimately, your software. To prevent such problems, we can help you with methods and tools for architecture documentation and review.
Turning the old into the new – can you do it step by step, too?
Of course you can! In most cases, some systems are already in place. You then need to ask yourself: How can I develop what I already have? And what new features need to be added for my requirements? One thing’s clear: Large, monolithic systems that support critical business processes and functions cannot be replaced overnight. But you don’t need to do so, anyway! Here’s the practical thing about architecture: It can be developed in evolutionary steps as required. This can be achieved through step-by-step modularization or gradual internal refactoring. How? That’s where we can help. We’ll be happy to support you in finding the ideal path towards step-by-step modernization – always after thoroughly weighing up what’s feasible from an organizational and financial point of view. Often, the first sensible step is a review of the existing architecture of your application landscape.