ICT architecture - the key of success
The complexity of ICT architecture is comparable to that of a multi-storey building. Up-to-date blueprints and appropriate levels of detail are indispensable. High availability, security, expandability and performance can only be assured when they are grounded on the proper architecture and when implementation of the individual components is adapted to the overall structure.
Just as the construction of a building includes electrical installations, heating and plumbing systems, an ICT infrastructure requires detailed guidelines and specifications for topology, components, network, data architecture, security, etc. If that information is not available, each of the components of an ICT project must be developed individually and continually re-adapted and implemented.
In order to achieve optimal client benefit, it is crucial that availability, security, robustness, performance and, finally, overall quality assurance be guaranteed. In addition, a high level of standardisation helps to ensure maintainability and ease of use. The foundation on which all of that rests is a proper ICT architecture.
Architecture consulting provides the support needed for meeting the challenges described above. It ensures that the systems later introduced will meet the stated requirements and remain both stable and sufficiently flexible to allow for modifications, making certain at the same time that compliance standards are adhered to.
Major core tasks of architecture consulting include the following:
- Overall co-ordination of all architecture issues involved in an ICT project
- Design of software architecture for ICT projects based on a reference architecture (blueprint)
- Architecture testing for ICT projects
- Coaching of development teams during the architecture implementation process
- Ongoing development of FDJP ICT architectures
- Architecture roadmaps
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