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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...