What makes IT architecture successful
The architectural complexity of an IT infrastructure is comparable to that of a skyscraper; up-to-date manufacturing plans containing detailed information on appropriate stages are indispensable to the successful functioning of the infrastructure. Up-time ratio, scalability and performance are only possible if the infrastructure has the appropriate architecture and the implementation of each individual part is co-ordinated with the rest of the structure as a whole.
Just as electrical, plumbing and heating installations are required to build a house, so are guidelines and documentation on topology, components, network, data architecture and security necessary for establishing an IT infrastructure. If this information is not available, it means that the individual elements in a project continually need to be redefined and implemented, existing components are not reused, and the whole IT environment ends up resembling a patchwork carpet. This naturally has negative consequences on the availability, manageability, performance and scalability of an infrastructure.
Architecture is decisive for the success of a project; of crucial importance are the availability, security, durability and, in the end, the quality of the architecture. Other important factors include: standardisation; maintainability; overview; and early recognition and correction of problem areas in the whole system.
IT Architecture consulting services should provide the necessary support to avoid the above-mentioned problems. The infrastructure must ensure that the system fulfils the requirements of being robust to change and can provide data to the user within a secure environment.
The core tasks of architecture consulting include the following:
- Overall co-ordination of the architecture within a project;
- Design of software architecture for a project;
- Architecture sign-off for projects;
- Coaching the development team in implementing the architecture;
- Developing architectures within the Federal Department of Justice and Police FDJP (strategic IT planning);
- Architecture roadmaps.
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