At SATURN 2009 Pia Stoll from ABB described the use of a tool to support evaluating a software architecture for certain aspects of usability. The abstract of her talk is here. In the ABB experience, the architect used the tool for 6 hours and estimated it saved him 5 weeks of effort.
A version of this tool is now available for dowload. You can find it at here.
– Len Bass, SEI
Thank you to all SATURN 2009 attendees, presenters, and speakers for your contributions! Because of you, the event was a lively exchange of experiences in architecture issues ranging from software, system, system of system to enterprise architecting.
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Facilitator: Paul Clements, SEI
Panelists: Mark W. Maier, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, John A. Zachman, and Randy Case (Raytheon)
Panel: Exploring Boundaries Among Enterprise, Systems, and Software Architecture
Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 1:00 pm
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Just heard the very interesting keynote from Zachman at the conference, and there is one thought I cannot get out of my mind.
The Zachman framework is about architecting the enterprise in terms of What?, How?, Where?, Who?, When?, and Why? from several different perspectives, such as the owners, architects, engineers, etc.
I see several similarities that software architecture tries to answer, therefore would it make sense to use the Zachman framework for software only products? I could see for example to structure the architecture documentation in this way. It might help to easily extract the information needed for the different stakeholders, such as the management, the developers, etc.
Any one with experience in this topic? Any thoughts?
- Felix Bachmann, SEI
John A. Zachman
John A. Zachman, Zachman International, USA
Architecture Is Architecture
Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 9:00 am
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Introduced by Rolf Siegers of Raytheon. Siegers introduces Zachman Framework as a thinking tool for enterprise architecture.
Yesterday, I attended the tutorial on Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture: A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing by Doug Schmidt. While explaining a pattern sequence, he used an analogy of ordering hamburgers to explain two different ways of communicating in distributed systems. At McDonald’s, when a customer orders, the employee enters the request at the register, reaches back to the “cache” of precooked hamburgers kept warm under a heat lamp, and delivers it to the customer; the interaction is an example of “synchronous” communication. Continue reading