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 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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Should I use a workflow engine?

I need to add some new features to a PHP application. It is to follow the steps of a order. A process create some orders, the order goes to confirmation, then if approved is sent to a provider, later ...
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admin-over-clients application

I have the same web application running on several different servers. Now I want a central place to administer everything in one web interface. What is the best way to do this? Should I provide a ...
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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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What is a best practice tier structure of a Java EE 6/7 application?

I was attempting to find a best practice for modeling the tiers in a Java EE application yesterday and couldn't come up with anything current. In the past, say java 1.4, it was four tiers: ...
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Should I cache the data or hit the database?

I have not worked with any caching mechanisms and was wondering what my options are in the .net world for the following scenario. We basically have a a REST Service where the user passes an ID of a ...
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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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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 should I host our scalable worker processes?

We are designing a new architecture for an enterprise business. The principles we've followed so far is not to develop what you can (possible buy and) deploy, ie, don't reinvent any wheels. In this ...
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Architecture for interfacing multiple applications

Let's say you have a Master Database and a few External/Internal applications that use WebServices to interface data. What would be your preferred architecture to interface data from and to those ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should Business Interfaces be part of the Model layer?

In an oriented-services enterprise application, isn't it an antipattern to mix Service APIs (containing interface that external users depends on) with Model objects (entities, custom exceptions ...
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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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When using Java Persistence API (JPA), which layer owns the entities?

When working with annotations on entities in JPA, do these entities belong to the model layer or the persistence layer? Does there have to be some kind of clone of the entities (simple JavaBeans) in ...
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Enterprise Architecture Certification

I want to make the step up from developer to enterprise architect. I have 13 years experience in various environments, from SME line of business apps to investment banking enterprise systems. I'm ...
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Books that every software system architect/data modeller must read [closed]

I hope I'm not confusing the term system architecture with the data model/database. Is there a book out there that's the standard for describing best practices, design methodologies, and other ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Silverlight - modularity. Best way to physically separate binaries?

We are working on LoB app with lot's of content. XAP download will be rather large I think for one time download. I'm planning to break solution into separate projects. Not sure why - but I DO NOT ...
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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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Switching to Windows Identity Foundation - Should we use the SQL Server role and membership provider?

We have an application which uses SQL Server as the back end. It was client server based, now it will be web based. Our implementation to logon was a user ID and password hash/salt stored in the ...
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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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Location of Solution Components - Centralisation versus Multiple Instances versus Libraries

We're currently in the early stages of building a substantial system, aiming to do much of what several existing systems do, in a flexible, extensible, maintainable way. It will support multiple ...
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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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Learning Sparx Enterprise Architect

I have a basic working knowledge of Enterprise Architect with 6 months experience. But I would like to learn how to use more of it. Anyone have a recommendation for a learning source or course?
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Advice and resources on collaborative environments

I need some advice on collaborative software environments. More specifically, I am looking for books and reference materials that can aid me in understanding team and code structures and the ...
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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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Benefits of integration platform

We are looking at introducing an integration platform. In the begining it is an extra layer and an extra cost. But after a while the service that a new system needs will be available on the ...
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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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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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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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Measuring an enterprises reliance upon software

In bidding a complex project for a client, I wanted a way to determine their reliance upon software. They have many people doing manual entry and Excel spreadsheets power many pieces as well as legacy ...
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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 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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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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What are the most commonly used enterprise Java technologies, and what would you want a non technical audience to understand about them?

I have been asked to give a presentation to a non-technical audience on what Java technologies are currently being used in the enterprise world. The goal is to give this non-technical audience the ...
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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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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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Should I use a single platform for common services or modularize them?

I am designing a suite of web applications that have the same base functionality. That is, they all will know how to create and operate on widgets. The differences will be in their target audience and ...