How to apply user-centered design as a Software Architect?

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Often as a software architect, the focus is on technology and related software delivery areas. However, awareness and knowledge about design processes help a software architect to deliver the required business value. User-centered design is one of the design processes, which helps software architects to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to build the end-to-end user experience. That’s why you should learn how to apply user-centered design as a software architect. Definition…

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Top 10 Tips You Should Know As A Modern Software Architect

With fast-paced technology evolution, software architecture is evolving each day with new patterns and technology choices. This article summarizes the top 10 tips you should know as a modern software architect and the list is not limited but evolving. #1 – Be observant of frameworks providing acceleration towards Microservices Architecture (MSA) With Microservices Architecture in mainstream adoption, most of the frameworks either have started remodeling themselves as per Microservices Architecture.…

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Are you an API Architect? Apply these standards for defining Event-driven and RESTful APIs

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With the rise of Cloud, Microservices, and Cloud-native technologies, API development is one of the key focus areas for organizations – both from an internal and external integration perspective. OpenAPI – Standard for RESTful APIs OpenAPI specification (originally based on Swagger 2.0) has become the de facto industry standard for HTTP APIs providing the programming-language agnostic interface. Key highlights are: OpenAPI can not only describe APIs based on the HTTP…

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5 Steps You Should Know About Building Cloud Solution Architecture on Azure Cloud

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Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest-rising cloud solution providers and with their enriched history of building products, Microsoft has created a knowledge hub to help build cloud solution architecture. Azure Architecture Center provides a centralized place for architecting solutions on Azure using established patterns and practices. The below diagram depicts the five-step process to follow when building cloud architecture on Azure: Step 1 – Choose Architecture Style First step…

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Essential Engineering Skills For Every Software Architect

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As a software architect in today’s world, expectations of essential engineering craft have increased drastically with the rise of the spectrum of technologies. Full-stack architecture knowledge, product & design thinking with customer centricity, startup mindset to do experimentation applying platform engineering, proactive production monitoring & observability applying SRE practices, and many more engineering practices are the new normal. The breadth of Engineering Knowledge is becoming more important than the depth…

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Evolution of Microservices Frameworks & Services (API) Development in Java

EVOLUTION OF MICROSERVICES FRAMEWORKS

In continuation to the previous article on Top Microservices Frameworks in Java, the evolution of Java frameworks with service-oriented architecture towards microservices architecture helps to understand the complete perspective. Evolution of Java & Services Frameworks with Industry Trends Java EE launched EJB Specifications in 1999 to standardize enterprise services development to help developer’s focus on business logic encapsulation and underlying container (application server) handling non-functional aspects. Spring framework (launched in…

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Engineering Blogs Every Software Architect Should Read

Engineering Blogs Every Software Architect Should Read

As a Software Architect, being aware and gaining broader context is a table-stakes in the current environment. But with information overload with many sources (social media, blogs, news articles, etc.), it is essential to prioritize your reading preferences. The decision to what to read and what not to read is a personal decision and your area of interest/skillset (user experience, web, data, integration, machine learning / artificial intelligence, IoT, DevOps,…

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Top Microservices Framework In Java

This article is an effort to summarize the Top Microservices Framework in Java and listed in no particular priority order. Considering the flexibility in MSA (Microservices Architecture), these are not mutually exclusive and you can choose as per your architectural requirements, business need, organizational context, and other factors under consideration. #1 Spring Boot with Spring Cloud (Production-grade, Widely Adopted) Star Developed by: Pivotal (part of VMWare)Link: spring.io/projects/spring-boot Spring Boot does…

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Software Quality Strategy Is Essential For Every Architect

Ensuring software quality is one of the key performance indicators for a software architect. That’s why having a strategy to ensure software quality is an essential aspect of software architect’s key responsibilities. Essentially you can apply Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) to manage Software Quality: 20 % of your focus on Software Quality can bring 80% of effects in delivering better Software Use the below three steps to make your software…

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AWS App Mesh vs. Istio: A Comparison Of Service Mesh

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Context As Microservices architecture isolates system functionalities into multiple independent services, the communication mechanism between these services plays a key role for a scalable, available, and high-performance architecture. A service mesh is an infrastructure layer that manages service communication in a transparent and language-independent way. It helps to configure how service instances perform critical actions such as service discovery, load balancing, data encryption, and authentication and authorization. Applicability Service Mesh pattern…

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