Introduction to Solutions Architecture
No business is without problems, and knowing how to effectively address these can mean the difference between success and failure. Solutions Architecture is a means of ascertaining which problems exist within your IT systems, developing a plan to implement and manage solutions to these problems, and using the appropriate technology to ensure that all business needs are met.
What is Solutions Architecture?
A Solutions Architect is a problem solver, tasked with not only discovering solutions to specific problems or necessary changes to system requirements, but also communicating these solutions to relevant stakeholders. Solutions Architecture enables the creation of newly-developed systems and solutions, ensuring that they conform to current system architecture.
Through analysis and consideration of business needs, Solutions Architecture will drive and manage technical efforts to ensure that any critical technical decisions or changes are made with an eye to the broader field of your IT systems. A Solutions Architect applies solid technical knowledge to real business requirements, ensuring that cost-effective and viable solutions are provided to satisfy your business needs, and add value to your services.
Solutions Architecture considers your business needs, and analyses your requirements based on your unique operational context. A Solutions Architect will develop a range of suitable solutions for your business problems, select the most optimal solution for implementation, and oversee and guide the implementation process. This means you can sit back and let your Solutions Architect handle any issues that might come up, while you focus on your core business operations.
How Will Solutions Architecture Benefit My Business?
- An expert analysis of your business needs can lead to innovative solutions for old issues.
- Systems are designed to seamlessly integrate with each other for greater compatibility and efficiency.
- By designing solutions to eliminate potential problems, save the time and money you would’ve spent on damage control.
- By reusing existing systems and components, you save money on the duplication of effort and services.
More About Solutions Architecture
Solutions Architecture crafts solutions that harmonise the contribution of various ICT components to create value for your business. Through a comprehensive cycle of enquiry, analysis, solution development, and recommendation, Solutions Architecture provides for smoother, seamlessly integrated developments in your IT systems and processes. Solutions Architecture crafts solutions that harmonise the contribution of various ICT components to create value for your business. Through a comprehensive cycle of enquiry, analysis, solution development, and recommendation, Solutions Architecture provides for smoother, seamlessly integrated developments in your IT systems and processes. Through conceptualising new and improved ways of problem solving or new product entry, Solutions Architecture means you can expect innovative IT solutions specifically developed to meet your unique needs.
Solutions Architecture will create cost-effective and compliant solutions to a range of complex requirements. This will be done by ensuring that all solutions are cross-functional across every aspect of the problem, and that any interdependency is clearly visible. Moreover, any solutions will be developed to be cost-effective, through ensuring that there is a minimum of duplication within existing services, and by using consistent cost and price modelling. Through the application of appropriate standards, frameworks, and models, any risks to your system will be mitigated and managed.
Essentially, Solutions Architecture is about managing technology complexity in harmony with business goals. As a member of your team, the Solution Architect:
Gathers all requirements;
Determines the overall structure of the ‘system’;
Defines what must be common for efficiency and consistency, and what should be variable for differentiation and competition;
Defines how the variable parts fit within the common environment;
Communicates to stakeholders;
Drafts specifications and documents;
Defines processes for integrating architecture into enterprise processes (strategy, portfolio management, design, development, procurement);
Defines governance, as well as the metrics for measurement, monitoring and improvements.
Why Choose BCX?
Our Solutions Architects are adept at crafting solutions that create value for your business
Our expert team will develop solutions utilising global best practice in Solutions Architecture.
With over 30 years’ experience, we’re one of Africa’s most trusted providers of IT-related services.
Our current 4.25 ITIL v3 rating is the highest in South Africa, so there’s no one better to provide service to you.