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What does a Software Architect do?

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Who is a Software Architect?

A software Architect is a software engineer dealing with software structure. Every system has a software architecture, and a Software Architect performs this task. The job of a Software Architect is the basis of software design. They arrange the structure of software and regulate how its features interact. A Software Architect deals with questions like - what the software is, what it will look like, what its function would be, and so on.

What Skills does a Software Architect require?

A Software Architect requires technical and soft skills to engage with clients and understand their requirements while ensuring that he and his team work towards meeting client expectations.

Skills

  • Managing software development in a more agile fashion. It is paramount to understand and be adept with DevOps practices.

  • Finding a team that possesses a deep knowledge of programming languages.

  • To build complex architecture essential requirement is a unified modelling language.

  • Being a leader by coordinating among available talent and helping them meet the standards.

  • The Software Architect is a link between his team and the clients; they convey the expectation to their teams and ensure that they deliver along the lines.

  • Software Architects lay the foundation of software & therefore need to make sure that they think systematically.

Various types of Software Architects

Enterprise architects are responsible for formulating and realizing the company’s business strategy. They define business goals, and execute strategic roadmaps, as well as determine methods for improvement.

Domain architects provide technical leadership while the project is in development. Their key responsibility areas include standards, strategies, and design patterns within the domain.

Security architects concentrate their energies on all the technology and mechanisms that are used to protect the assets of the enterprise from any unauthorized access.

Difference between an Architect & a Solution Architect

There is often some confusion between the role and responsibilities of a Software Architect & a Solution Architect. Sometimes a Software Architect plays the role of a solution architect, too but usually, in large organizations, the work is distributed between these two. A solution architect discusses the demands of the software and how to address those concerns. They try to find the best solution to the questions the software aims to answer. They bring forth the clients' expectations and create a set of guidelines. Once they have a clear plan, the expectation to develop a solid foundation is passed on to Software Architects. They, in turn, then build on the solution architect's suggestions and vision.

Duties and functions of a Software Architect

  • First and foremost, a Software Architect needs to ensure that the concerns of all the stakeholders are addressed and well understood. It is essential to think about not just the users but also the acquirers who decide whether the software meets their requirements. A lot of thought should go into how the software can be made better for the operators of the software support teams as well.

  • All the stakeholders have some fundamental concerns like smooth functioning and an easy-to-understand system, but the more the number of stakeholders involved, the more the problems to be addressed. For instance, the need for extra security may result in lower performance. A good balance needs to be maintained; a Software Architect needs to think from different perspectives and ensure perfect implementation of the software system.

  • They enable the software engineers/designers to proceed with the structure built by them and set the plan in motion. They must ensure that the software systems are prioritized and convey their thoughts and ideas agilely to the engineers.

  • Software Architects act as facilitators and ensure software engineering delivery. Once a Solution Architect hands over the reins, they become integral to all the different facets of a software's creation.

  • There are various elements to creating software; a crucial one is security. Keeping up with newer ways to make the system more secure is an important responsibility. They need to think ahead to give heed to security challenges that lie ahead.

  • A Software Architect does not only address the concerns at the development stage but also thinks about how the system will grow and evolve.

  • A Software Architect must collaborate with development teams and control the development process, ensuring that the vision is transformed into reality. Taking charge of the process will guarantee that no team member drifts away from the basic idea behind the software creation.

The three levels of architecture:

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1. Presentation

In the presentation tier, the application can provide multiple views of the database. It sends content to web development frameworks, such as JavaScript, CSS, and HTML, and displays information as a graphical user interface. It communicates with other layers by putting the results to the browser and different tiers through API calls. End-users are at this tier.

2. Application

Processing the business logic for the application builds a bridge between the presentation layer and the data layer to make communication faster between the presentation and the data layer. The application tier is called the business logic or middle tier. The application tier is usually coded in Ruby, C#, C++, Python, Java, etc.

3. Data

Data-tier is composed of a persistent storage mechanism and the data access layer. It supports connecting with the database and inserting, updating, deleting, and getting data from it based on our input data.

In a nutshell

As can be inferred from above, the skill set required and the responsibilities taken up by a Software Architect is complex and crucial. Aligning your business vision with a solid IT infrastructure would be our goal; a team of highly skilled experts with the combined expertise of 50+ years will cover all your IT requirements. Covrize comes into the picture by providing a wide range of IT solutions to develop and build the required software system. Your search for the best Software Solution Architect ends at Covrize; we work continuously to address your system software needs.

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Gautam Sharma

A VP of sales and partnership at Covrize, Gautam Sarmah has been in the IT outsourcing industry for 12+ years. In addition to his deep industry knowledge, Gautam helps Covrize create go-to-market strategies and Business Development and Operations. At Covrize, Gautam pursues business opportunities across geographical boundaries.