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The role of a software architect is constantly evolving. In fact, it is quite common for people to assume that software architecture is just an extension of the design task, which forms an integral part of the software development process. However, software architecture is more about taking a holistic approach to the design and development process. It is about understanding the working of the software system with respect to an enterprise as a whole.
The process of evolution from a software developer to a software architect is gradual. Software architects play a critical role in helping organisations meet their user needs and expectations. Given below are just a few reasons that make software architects so important for an enterprise in the modern times.
Enhance user experience
Most users look for user-friendly, efficient and well-designed software that they enjoy using. Software architects make this possible by creating the basic architecture to build a good GUI for maximum user satisfaction. This often requires these professionals to analyse the user needs and expectations quite closely so that the base software architecture they create integrates these requirements well.
Making the best use of technology
Software architects have a knack for identifying the best technologies to get the desired results from the GUI. They are capable of balancing the technical and practical aspects to ensure best results for the enterprise and the users.
Differentiate structure from form
Even the most experienced programmers to use the terms “structure” and “form” interchangeably while talking about software architecture. However, while the structure of software is a more tangible entity, the form is a relatively abstract aspect. A good software architect understands the difference as well as the significance of both the entities and uses them in the most effective manner to meet user expectations.
Communicate the vision
A software architect helps the developers and the other related professionals understand his/her vision of the project. Consequently, software developers better understand the features they want to include in the project. Creating software architecture is something that happens in real time along with its development. So the architects are able to help the developers find effective solutions to challenges by modifying their own approach.
Software architects also help in the overall creation and implementation of well-developed software in several other ways. These professionals can influence the right decision making in terms of design, based on their level experience. They can also enhance the level of abstraction and scale for the enterprise. So they play a crucial role in the growth of an enterprise and in boosting the brand value.
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About the Author:
Director of Academics
Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT)
Bhaskaran holds an MBA degree in Production Management from Bangalore University and a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication from NIT Warangal.
Bhaskaran is a Senior Strategy Consultant helping companies to innovate and deliver their products and services, in a manner that ensures sustainable business, for both themselves and their customers. He is a trusted advisor in helping craft and live a strategy. Bhaskaran works with companies to help improve performance parameters such as top line, bottom line, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, product and market mix. He is also an accredited CEO Coach through Coaching Foundation of India. With over 30 years of business experience, of which 10+ years were in the role of senior management in Royal Philips Electronics.