Software Architecture: 7 Things You Should Know

There are plenty of jobs to fill
Published 09/30/2020
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Architecture plans and sketch of house project with compassSoftware architecture is the process of how we design architecture for a system and the technologies we use to build systems.

Due to the ever-growing and in-demand field of software architecture, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society have assembled a variety of resources to assist in your understanding and growth within the industry.

See our top 7 tips and resources for a successful career in software architecture:


1. Learn everything you need to know about careers in software architecture with Advice From an Expert

For this career article, we interviewed Eoin Woods, chief technology officer for Endava, a global technology company that works with some of the world’s leading finance, insurance, telecommunications, media, technology, and retail companies.

He authored the article “Software Architecture in a Changing World,” which appears in the November/December 2016 issue of IEEE Software magazine. Woods is also the editor of the “Pragmatic Architect” column in IEEE Software. We asked Woods about careers in software architecture.


2. Discover the difference between enterprise architecture and technical software architecture in our On Architecture Podcast

In this episode, Grady Booch (Chief Scientist of Software Engineering at IBM), discusses how enterprise architecture and technical architecture are related yet different. Enterprise architecture focuses on the architecture of a business that uses software-intensive systems, whereas technical architecture focuses on the architecture of the software-intensive systems that are used by a business to make its mission manifest.

From IEEE Software’s Issue No. 02 — Mar./Apr. 2010


3. Explore our “Career Round Table” on the growing trillion-dollar software market and see how architecture fits in

The staggering growth of IoT devices, sensors, and higher-level machines (as well as state-of-the-art developments in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cloud computing) demand ever-increasing innovations in software performance, scalability, and security.

There will be plenty of jobs to fill. We asked an additional panel of experts about the growth of careers in software engineering and what that means for recent graduates and current job-seekers.

Here’s what they had to offer.



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4. Read Software Architecture in a Changing World to explore the evolution of software systems

As software systems have evolved, so has software architecture, with practices growing to meet each era’s new challenges. The next phase of evolution, intelligent connected systems, promises to be an exciting time for software architects.

Published in IEEE Software Magazine, Software Architecture in a Changing World is guaranteed reliable, useful, and peer-reviewed for leading software practitioners, the developers and managers who want to keep up with rapid technology change.


5. Take the online course, Distribution, Data, Deployment Software Architecture Convergence in Big Data Systems

Exponential data growth from the Internet, low-cost sensors, and high-fidelity instruments have fueled the development of advanced analytics operating on vast data repositories. These analytics bring business benefits ranging from Web content personalization to predictive maintenance of aircraft components. To construct the data repositories underpinning these systems, rapid innovation has occurred in distributed-data-management technologies, employing schemaless data models and relaxing consistency guarantees to satisfy scalability and availability requirements.

These big data systems present many challenges to software architects. Distributed-software architecture quality attributes are tightly linked to both the data and deployment architectures. This causes a consolidation of concerns, and designs must be closely harmonized across these three architectures to satisfy quality requirements.


6. Subscribe to Computing in Science & Engineering magazine for algorithm, software, and architecture content

The computational and data-centric problems faced by scientists and engineers transcend disciplines. There is a need to share knowledge of algorithms, software, and architectures, and to transmit lessons-learned to a broad scientific audience. Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE) is a cross-disciplinary, international publication that meets this need by presenting contributions of high interest and educational value from a variety of fields, including—but not limited to—physics, biology, chemistry, and astronomy.

CiSE emphasizes innovative applications in advanced computing, simulation, and analytics, among other cutting-edge techniques. CiSE publishes peer-reviewed research articles, and also runs departments spanning news and analyses, topical reviews, tutorials, case studies, and more.


7. Attend the IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering (ICEBE) for cutting-edge ideas, findings and experiences of e-business

The IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering (ICEBE) is a prestigious conference, and a flagship event co-sponsored by IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems (TCBIS, formerly known as TC on Electronic Commerce), and the National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies (NELECT).

New IT breakthroughs always bring the evolution of e-business in wide spectrum, e.g. innovative business model, new marketing and sales channel, rapid sense-and-response, etc. How to adapt the changing computing paradigm and adopt new IT technologies for keeping competitive is a great challenge for modern enterprises. Based on the essential complexities in e-business, ICEBE 2020 invites an extensive coverage of system, software, service, business, combinations of the aforementioned, etc. to address related issues and promote research opportunities.