Issue Resolution: Understanding the Problem

August 22, 2011

For a Solution Architect, creating the blueprint for a quality product is often only half the job: After all, the greatest design in the world isn’t worth much unless it is accurately implemented. Read more

Facts: The Architect’s “Big Stick”

August 16, 2011

“Speak softly and carry a big stick: You will go far.”
– African Proverb

Diplomat is a key role that Systems Flow’s architects often fill for our clients. Software projects and change initiatives inevitably bring disputes and disagreements over requirements, scope, priority, standards, architectures and solutions. While most project management disciplines offer approaches to managing issues, we have found a basic mantra that keeps us on track: Read more

Buy vs. Build Your Software

August 8, 2011

Most organizations shift back and forth between building and buying software solutions in time with executive leadership shifts. To avoid the resulting IT portfolio churn, each organization should establish the IT strategy that best supports its business model – including decision criteria for build vs. buy – or be condemned to holy wars on every solution design. Our default recommendation is “buy,” and here is why. Read more