A solid software system’s architecture is the foundation on which really great software solutions are built.
Planning properly designed architecture requires a lot of experience, knowledge and attention to the requirement details. At CodeByZ, we don’t just pay attention to the existing requirements. We also foresee future enhancements, and plan for these ahead of time.
CodeByZ has a clear methodology for planning and designing a software system’s architecture:
We begin by collecting all requirements and inputs from the client, asking questions about the required end product, and properly documenting all requirements and common use-cases. We prioritize and enhance these requirements, raising further questions and issues to be handled. This results in new requirements and/or basic working assumptions being decided upon in partnership with our client.
The list eventually includes all high-level product requirements that might affect the architecture design considerations, as well as system interfaces, security aspects, scalability, redundancy, and availability.
As part of the process, we raise, address and mitigate potential project risks — one of the most important parts of this step.
High-Level Modularization & Architecture Mapping
When all requirements are known, we create a modular system plan that includes all the software components (modules), their logic, functionality, and location in the system.
The modular architecture ensures we cater for the high-level requirements and that the end system is maintainable, scalable and robust.
We now have a high-level view of the system’s main components. If the system is a complex one, modules might further be broken down into sub-modules as required.
The final step is building the low-level architecture design. This is where we go in depth into each component and define its fine-grained functionality, logic and module-specific requirements.
It is where we define information such the database schema, module interface methods, and other details pertaining to the specific module being defined.
The end delivery is a documentation set that includes documents from all architectural design stages, written clearly and straight to the point, and including all diagrams, details, calculations and any additional implementation recommendations.