“The role of software architect has really come into its own in the last few years and is now recognized as a key determinant of project success. However, even today there is little common understanding of how to do the job: analyze requirements, understand concerns, evaluate alternatives, and construct and document an architectural description that is fit for purpose. Eeles and Cripps have filled this gap in their useful and practical book. The material is clearly and simply laid out, and follows a logical progression from inception through delivery, with tasks and work products clearly explained and illustrated using a real-world case study. This is a vital handbook for everyone from brand new architects to seasoned professionals.”
—Nick Rozanski, coauthor of Software Systems Architecture
“If you need a thorough and authoritative reference for a complete software architecture process, then look no further. Peter Eeles and Peter Cripps have produced a definitive guide and reference to just such a process. Being precisely defined using a metamodel, illustrated with a realistic case study, and clearly related to key standards such as UML, RUP, and IEEE 1471, the process presented in this book provides a valuable guide for those developing software architectures for large projects. I have no doubt that it will become a valued reference for many software architects.”
—Eoin Woods, coauthor of Software Systems Architecture
“Eeles and Cripps distill years of experience into a single guide that helps the reader understand not just what architects produce, but how they produce it. The Process of Software Architecting
is a very practical guide filled with lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid. Practicing architects will want to refer to it as they hone their skills, and aspiring architects will gain key insights that otherwise could take painful years of experience to acquire.”
—Bob Kitzberger, program director, Strategy, IBM Software Group
“For most of my career in this field, software architecture has had the feel of being a black art that only a select few gurus and wizards had a talent for. This book follows on from industry best practice and a wealth of author experience to bring solutions architecture into the realms of being a true engineering discipline. Now I have a real guide I can pass on to new practitioners, a guide that embodies what used to require years of trial and error.”
—Colin Renouf, enterprise architect and technology author, vice chairman, WebSphere User Group, UK
About the Author
is an IBM executive IT architect, working within the Rational brand of IBM’s Software Group. In this capacity he helps organizations improve their software development capability, with a particular focus on and interest in improving the architecting process. Peter has been in the software industry since 1985 and has spent much of his career architecting and implementing large-scale, distributed systems. Peter is coauthor of Building J2EE Applications with the Rational Unified Process
(Addison-Wesley, 2002) and coauthor of Building Business Objects
(John Wiley & Sons, 1998). He is a fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET), an IBM technical staff member, an Open Group Master Certified IT architect, and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).
is an IT architect in IBM Global Business Services in the United Kingdom. He has been in the software industry since 1980, during which time he has worked as a programmer, real-time software engineer, and process engineer across a range of industries, including telecommunications, financial services, retail, and government. Peter’s particular areas of technical expertise and interest are the application of component- and service-based development techniques and the development of good architecture practice. He is a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).