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INFOTECH: Bridging the Architecture Gap

 





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IT architecture is an art and a science. To assure flexibility and lasting value, information system designs and product selection must be guided by an architectural plan. The art of IT architecture lies in extracting business requirements; the science is translating them into technology solutions.

“Architecture bridges the semantic gap between the requirements and the software,” explains Mahesh Chavan, CTO of specialist systems integration house Logikal Consulting. “Application software systems must be architected in order to deal with current and future business needs, and managing projects using an architecture approach must be an intentional step in the process of deploying information systems – not an accidental by-product of the software acquisition and integration process.”

Businesses to Evaluate Their Direction Via Software Architecture

He adds that the same principles that apply to software architecture are relevant to application architecture. “It is vital for businesses to take this approach in order to evaluate their direction, and it provides cost savings in the long term too. Without the correct architecture, and without the correct approach, companies will battle to make the right technology platform decisions. It is with this in mind that businesses should evaluate platforms and products. Every technology deployment should be about improving business.”

With the advent of enabling technologies such as cloud services, mobility, analytics including big data, and social media, enterprise architecture has regained prominence among technology decision makers. Businesses are aware that they must update or recreate their technical architectures to extract the maximum business value from these enabling technologies. This is evident in the success of Logikal Consulting’s architecture consulting practice.

The company has successfully delivered solutions to a number of South Africa’s largest organisations, including some of the largest financial institutions in the country. “We are one of very few home-grown companies that can deliver projects on this level of complexity, and our wins prove that we are effectively competing with the big guys,” Gerald Naidoo, Group CEO adds. “So many IT companies are product-focused rather than architecture-focused. By providing the right focus, we ensure that our clients obtain all the benefits their IT systems can offer.”

Business Opportunities are Identified Through Possible Future Architecture

He points out that Logikal Consulting’s expertise ensures that in addition to identifying business opportunities to be exploited through the current state or possible future architectures, all regulatory frameworks are taken into consideration so clients can be assured of compliance across the board. “Our approach allows us to establish a value trail from the organisational strategic vision, drivers and principles through to detailed transition planning and programme implementation, as well as meet all regulatory requirements. The results speak for themselves, with our clients being able to make business change decisions that are fully supported by possible future architectures.”


 
 
 
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