System architecture

January 2015 [link to original article]


Systems architecture wasn’t born with computers. It is comprised of techniques developed over thousands of years from disciplines such as manufacturing and construction.

It is a process that lends itself to designing any efficiently complex system, for example when Affinity builds an IT infrastructure for a business we may use an Enterprise Architecture.

Systems Architecture mostly describes how objects (called ‘systems’) are handled within a structure and how they interact to mutually support this framework. It involves taking multiple viewpoints of a system from different perspectives and circumstances, including socio-cognitive aspects. Each view produces an analytical description of the system.

Such in-depth analysis produces an Architecture Description, a formal representation of the whole system and how it interacts. This allows specialists from diverse fields and departments to work together on a highly complex system whilst keeping the development process transparent. Systems Architecture makes your project perform to its best potential and run more efficiently, reducing delays and costs.

Affinity use a powerful tool to overcome the complexity of systems. Systems Architecture is more than just a design model for complex systems, it is a discipline. A lingua franca to describe, model and design systems in a rich and diverse way. This leads to good object handling within the system and better-informed decision making in the development of your project.

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