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Dismantle the overwhelming complexity in your IT projects with strategies and real-world examples from a leading expert on enterprise architecture. This guide describes best practices for creating an efficient IT organization that consistently delivers on time, on budget, and in line with business needs.

IT systems have become too complex—and too expensive. Complexity can create delays, cost overruns, and outcomes that do not meet business requirements. The resulting losses can impact your entire company. This guide demonstrates that, contrary to popular belief, complex problems demand simple solutions. The author believes that 50 percent of the complexity of a typical IT project can and should be eliminated—and he shows you how to do it.

You’ll learn a model for understanding complexity, the three tenets of complexity control, and how to apply specific techniques such as checking architectures for validity. Find out how the author’s methodology could have saved a real-world IT project that went off track, and ways to implement his solutions in a variety of situations.

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Sessions, an enterprise software architecture consultant, shows how to make simplicity a core architectural requirement, as critical as performance or security. The approach he presents can be applied to either business architectures or IT architectures, but is most effective when applied to both levels in an organization. The book begins with a non-mathematical look at complexity concepts, followed by more formal instruction in the mathematics of complexity. The second part of the book describes a specific methodology for addressing complexity in enterprise architectures, with chapters on software components of autonomous business capabilities and the SIP process. A real-life case study of a project for Britain's National Health Care System is included. The audience for the book includes IT executives and managers, software architects, and business analysts. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Sessions, an enterprise software architecture consultant, shows how to make simplicity a core architectural requirement, as critical as performance or security. The approach he presents can be applied to either business architectures or IT architectures, but is most effective when applied to both levels in an organization. The book begins with a non-mathematical look at complexity concepts, followed by more formal instruction in the mathematics of complexity. The second part of the book describes a specific methodology for addressing complexity in enterprise architectures, with chapters on software components of autonomous business capabilities and the SIP process. A real-life case study of a project for Britain's National Health Care System is included. The audience for the book includes IT executives and managers, software architects, and business analysts.

About the Author

Roger Sessions is a recognized expert in enterprise architecture. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA), is Editor-in-Chief of IASA's Perspectives Journal, and is a Microsoft MVP in enterprise architecture. He has written six books, including Software Fortresses: Modeling Enterprise Architectures, and many articles. He has been a keynote speaker on the topic of enterprise architecture for dozens of events in more than 30 countries. He is the Chief Technology Officer of ObjectWatch.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • The Question of Complexity
    • Chapter 1: Enterprise Architecture Today
    • Chapter 2: A First Look at Complexity
    • Chapter 3: Mathematics of Complexity
  • The Quest for Simplification
    • Chapter 4: The ABCs of Enterprise Partitions
    • Chapter 5: SIP Process
    • Chapter 6: A Case Study in Complexity
    • Chapter 7: Guarding the Boundaries: Software Fortresses
    • Chapter 8: The Path Forward
    • This Book at a Glance
  • Author Biography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780735625785
Author:
Sessions, Roger
Publisher:
Microsoft Press
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Computer Architecture
Subject:
System design
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Subject:
complex enterprises;computers;software development;systems architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Developer Best Practices
Publication Date:
20080507
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 7.38 x 0.6 in 0.97 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Sessions, an enterprise software architecture consultant, shows how to make simplicity a core architectural requirement, as critical as performance or security. The approach he presents can be applied to either business architectures or IT architectures, but is most effective when applied to both levels in an organization. The book begins with a non-mathematical look at complexity concepts, followed by more formal instruction in the mathematics of complexity. The second part of the book describes a specific methodology for addressing complexity in enterprise architectures, with chapters on software components of autonomous business capabilities and the SIP process. A real-life case study of a project for Britain's National Health Care System is included. The audience for the book includes IT executives and managers, software architects, and business analysts.
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