Software Architecture

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Types of software architects

The enterprise architect handles business-related software decisions that frequently can involve multiple software systems within an organization, spanning several projects teams, and often at more than one site. The Enterprise Architect may seldom see or interact with source code.

An application architect works with a single software application. This may be a full- or a part-time role. The application architect is almost always an active software developer.

Other similar titles in use, but without consensus on their exact meaning, include:

  • Solutions Architect, which may refer to a person directly involved in advancing a particular business solution needing interactions between multiple applications. May also refer to an Application Architect.
  • System Architect (singular), which is often used as a synonym for Application Architect.
  • Systems Architect (plural), which is often used as a synonym for Enterprise Architect or Solutions Architect.
The software architecture of a program or computing system is the structure or structures of the system, which comprise software components, the externally visible properties of those components, and the relationships between them. The term also refers to documentation of a system's software architecture. Documenting software architecture facilitates communication between stakeholders, documents early decisions about high-level design, and allows reuse of design components and patterns between projects.