The high level design and description of software systems frequently characterized by having large quantities of persistent data that is accessed concurrently.

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What is enterprise software, exactly?

I don't understand the difference between "normal" software and enterprise software. Even after reading these... "Enterprise Software" on Wikipedia "Enterprise Software Is Sexy Again" on Techcrunch ...
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Which platform to choose, Java or .NET? [duplicate]

I am working in a private bank, a leading mid size bank in local market. We are going to create our core banking solution. Existing solution has been developed on Java using IBM Visual Age 4.0. It is ...
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Are there any notable examples of business disasters directly attrutible to open-source software? [closed]

In "enterprise" environments, I've observed a strong prejudice towards proprietary software. Even in large business that use Java, it is unusual to find MySQL or PostgreSQL, and WebSphere and WebLogic ...
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Standard practices for an architect

I am the architect for my group. Unfortunately I was given this position organically and there are no standards in place for how I should do my job. At different companies, how does the architect role ...
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Dev vs Stage environment vs Prod Environment

I work for a company where we build enterprise applications, and we maintain three environments: dev, stage and prod. The meaning of dev is intuitive: it's the environment used during development of ...
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De-facto standards for customer information record [closed]

I'm currently evaluating a potential new project that involves creating a DB for typical customer information (userid, pwd, first & last name, email, adress, telfnr ...). At this point, ...
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How granular should a command be in a CQ[R]S model?

I'm considering a project to migrate part of our WCF-based SOA over to a service bus model (probably nServiceBus) and using some basic pub-sub to achieve Command-Query Separation. I'm not new to SOA, ...
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How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8

I think I have a grasp on the expectations of consumer application development for Windows 8. Create a new Metro-based UI on top of WinRT, deploy it to your customer via the Marketplace, and everyone ...
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Can cloud computing replace enterprise architecture?

Is cloud computing mature enough to alleviate some of the pains of maintaining the IT infrastructure on site? If so, what are some of the drawbacks of adopting it? Is security and privacy a big ...
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What is the alternative to an enterprise portal strategy in the Java space?

Disillusionment with the Portal Space I'm seeing a disturbing number of large, enterprise clients who have become disillusioned with their enterprise Portal experience, especially those in the ...
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How Do You Organize Your ASP.NET MVC 3 Applications? [duplicate]

The one thing that I am having a hard time figuring out with developing an extensible application platform in ASP.NET MVC 3 is how to modularize everything into an easy to update and distributable ...
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Has anyone successfully used Windows Workflow for a Business Rules/Validation engine?

I was wondering if anyone has successfully used Windows Workflow Foundation for a BusinessRules/Validation engine, or if you know of some sample code or articles about this. If you have used it ...
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What considerations should be given for and against “super” sites?

My company is considering consolidating all their tier-1 (i.e. top end production) applications and sites into one all-encompassing code base. The theory is that their permissions, design and overall ...
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Why should large financial/insurance companies use git and/or github

I work for a large enterprise (30K employees) in the financial/insurance industry. While "IT" isn't our main focus, let's be honest, these are information driven industries and the companies with the ...
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What are options for 3rd Party Centralized Software Settings Management?

I am an architect in an enterprise looking to build a SaaS solution. Our products are distributed over many different deployable containers, Web Services, Web UI's, etc. I am looking for some ...
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Applications Architecture - fewer big systems vs more smaller systems

re: Applications Architecture, that is, "the science and art of ensuring the suite of applications being used by an organization to create the composite application is scalable, reliable, available ...
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Enterprise VS Regular corporate developer

Ok, I "almost" lost a job offer because I "didn't have enough experience as an enterprise software engineer". I've been a programmer for over 16 years, and the last 12-14 professionally, at companies ...
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Moving all UI logic to Client Side?

Our team originally consisted of mostly server side developers with minimum expertise in Javascript. In ASP.NET we used to write a lot of UI logic in code-behind or more recently through controllers ...
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Help me classify this type of software architecture

I read some books about software architecture as we are using it in our project but I can't classify the architecture properly. It's some kind of Enterprise Architecture, but what exactly... SOA, ESB ...
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What are requirements for a successful SOA?

I’m an EA in an organisation with 10000+ employees. Strategically we are heading towards SOA. Currently I’m researching about SOA’s and creating a road map and I have come over many blogs that talk ...
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Maintenance model for external artifacts

When we think about maintaining a software solution holistically, we have to think about things like non-code change control and configuration management, in addition to the actual source code. For ...
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The practical size limits of an AngularJS based application [closed]

We have been tasked with replacing a series of 25 year old mainframe applications with web applications. There are 4 applications in the series and we are trying to come up with a stack that will ...
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Are external configuration files considered an antipattern?

Many times I have been in a situation where an application is apparently broken, only to find that an external configuration file has been at fault. Typically this is because the wrong file is there, ...
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DDD Bounded Contexts & Domains?

I've been working in a relatively complex application with 10's of database tables (Aggregates, Entities/Value Objects) and applying DDD. At this point it appears to be basically DDD-Lite meaning that ...
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Would experience in multiple programming languages/frameworks assist one in becoming a software architect?

Would it be useful to have experience in multiple programming languages/frameworks/stacks when applying for a software architect role? For example, combining experience in C#/.NET with Java/J2EE. ...
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What are the most common ways used to migrate a Delphi application incrementally to .NET?

If you have several million lines of Delphi code and want to incrementally migrate to .NET/C#, what strategy would you use?
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Does project architecture have a strong relation to used libraries?

Programmers, when it comes to talk about popular patterns in enterprise applications, preach that you should code against interfaces to remove strong relations between components; doing this will aid ...
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Handling (many) multiple projects in Git in an enterprise environment

One of the advantages of older version control systems such as CVS and SVN in enterprise development is that anyone can connect to source control and see all the projects that the company has. This ...
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How best to design Access Control Layer in n-tier architecture application

This is a typical architecture scenario for a 3-tier design: UI-tier Has Graphical User Interface components Middle-tier Has business logic including the following layers: Data Access Layer ...
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Is “Experience working on large projects” something that I should strive for?

This is in the context of job search. There are fancy words such as "Enterprise software" (as opposed to a school project). Then there is the experience of developing/architecting large software ...
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Project/DLL separation of concerns in ASP.NET MVC

I'm coming from a web forms n-tier background into ASP.NET MVC projects, and I'm wondering what the best practices are for separation of the components of MVC into different libraries (or not to) in ...
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How do the Application and Database Interface Layers interact at their boundary?

I was watching one of Uncle Bob's videos and he brought up the Database Interface Layer. He had this diagram showing it: These arrows show that the DB Interface Layer is aware of and calls the ...
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What does “enterprise” means in relation to software architecture?

I see the term "enterprise" being thrown around software developers and programmers a lot and used loosely it seems. en·ter·prise/ˈentərˌprīz/ Noun: A project or undertaking, typically one ...
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Is SOA an Utopia? [closed]

I have attended to many SOA related sales pitches and presentations through the years. SOA projects have died because of lack of interest or because of grandiose scopes. The very buzzword has lost ...
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Can agile be effectively used for initial development on a substantial project?

I think the short answer to this question is probably "yes", but I thought I'd ask anyway! We are in the process of taking a number of existing similar-but-different applications and, as part of what ...
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What is the best way to create and guide an enterprise architecture?

Wikipedia defines Enterprise Architecture as follows: An enterprise architecture (EA) is a rigorous description of the structure of an enterprise, its decomposition into subsystems, the ...
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Choosing right technology for messaging system

I'm working on a messaging system for two years now, the system was written by a long ago gone team and involves emails and document processing. The basic process is: Receive an email, parse it, ...
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Preferred way for dealing with customer-defined data in enterprise application

Let's say that we have a small enterprise web (intranet) application for managing data for car dealers. It has screens for managing customers, inventory, orders, warranties and workshops. This ...
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Where to store global enterprise properties?

I'm faced with a crowd of java applications, which need different global enterprise wide properties for operation, for example: hostname of the central RDBMS, hostname and location of the central ...
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How to enrich a simple two endpoint SOAP application to become enterprise level?

Imagine you have some exchange of data between two endpoints (webservices or let's call URL). Data can travel in any way (Xml, Json, GET, POST) it doesn't matter. I've got the source code of the ...
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Fowlers Data Access Layer patterns

Fowler talks about a number of design patterns available for the data access layer e.g. Table Data Gateway, Row Data Gateway, Active Record and Data Mapper. In the book it suggests using Data Mapper ...
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What are some high quality Enterprise Architecture conferences or training programs? [closed]

I am looking for a conference or training which will give me a broad exposure to enterprise level software architecture. I've been with the same company for 10 years and we've grown to the size where ...
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Multi-platform design with Delphi, Java, MySQL and CouchDB

What are the most obvious drawbacks to this idea for an enterprise(ish) model using the following technologies. Browser based and native developed GUI using Delphi to connect to Datasnap server ...
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How should I architect multi-language support for a group of applications?

I have about 8 web applications (all of them ASP.NET based), and I want to implement multiple language support for all of them and have an architecture that I can leverage on new web applications down ...
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If I unite many web apps into one, will I save resources?

I'm comparing 2 different approaches of J2EE application architecture: Divide independent parts as modules of one big web app. Divide independent parts as different web apps running on same server. ...
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storing and retrieving millions of documents using c#

I am working on an integration project, where my “app/web service” will sit in the middle serving documents. Basically, a request is sent with the document id as part of the query string, I check if ...
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What is one correct architecture when using a DB with multiple clients?

We have a legacy system with data stored in a SQL database. Several clients connects to this database using a web service. The web service expose a lot of "commands" to query the database and to "do" ...
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Handling multiple clients using single application

We are developing an ERP web application using Vaadin framework where each of the potential client companies will have their own data and file storage. Current implementation only allows having one ...
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Handling ground-breaking changes in a production system - Insert intermediate level Management object

As our client request, we are proceeding to change the base of our system. We already have the following structure: A class has many students. (simple typical one - to - many) Now we must change ...
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Design Pattern for enterprise application

I read few articles about composite pattern and I want to know whether its applicable in following situation, I found that "A Composite Entity object can represent a coarse-grained object and all its ...