5 Important Responsibilities of a Software Architect


In this article, we look at some of the important responsibilities that an architect is expected to handle. Although we chiefly focus on application architects, most of these also hold true for enterprise architects as well.

Five Responsibilities Of Architects that we look at are

  • Clean And Simple Architecture
  • Clear Standards
  • Proper Governance
  • Best Engineering Practices
  • Awesome Technical Processes

This is the fourth article in the following series of articles on Software Architecture :

Clean And Simple Architecture

Any application that you work on needs to have a very clean and simple architecture. There must be great clarity in the organization on application layers, the use of specific frameworks at each layer, and patterns in communication with external applications.

Clear Standards

There needs to be clarity on the sets of standards followed in design, development, deployment and operations.

Governance

Architects needs to ensure proper governance around the various standards, and on the creation of common components. In any enterprise application, it always adds great value to have common components that are frequently reused across different applications and application layers.

Best Engineering Practices

It is very important to adhere to engineering best practices over the lifetime of an application. Interesting examples are Test Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development, DevOps. Such practices also involve use of consistent build and deployment tools and processes.

The question you need to ask yourself frequently is - Are you are making the best possible use of these practices, to achieve business goals?

Awesome Technical Processes

You need to make sure that you have great processes in place for the following:

  • Development
  • Deployment
  • Continuous Integration
  • Immediate Defect Feedback

You need to have complete control over such issues.

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Summary

In this article, we looked at the some of the important responsibilities of a software architect.

Five Responsibilities Of Architects that we looked at are

  • Clean And Simple Architecture
  • Clear Standards
  • Proper Governance
  • Best Engineering Practices
  • Awesome Technical Processes

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