1. Solutions Architecture

 Although Solution Architecture has achieved a wide acceptance in the last decade, and few serious projects skip the solution architecture component, it is still widely misunderstood and underestimated to various degrees.

Solution Architecture, contrary to what many believe, is not simply decomposing a proposed solution into components, or even choosing the right components. It is most of all, translating a vision into achievable reality, and more often than not, driving its implementation to successful completion.

Just like architecture in the common sense, i.e. the design of physical structures, Solutions Architecture is at the same time Art and Science. The architect starts from a vision of what needs to be accomplished, identifies how it breaks down into a set of problems, then works on solving each problem, and making sure the solutions work together.

In short, it has to encompass many types of knowledge and creative processes, among which:

·        Deep knowledge of technology, what works and what doesn’t work together.

·        Deep knowledge of a vast set of problem domains, their patterns, and the best practices for solving them.

·        Sharp view of how technology achieves business and lifestyle goals.

·        Problem identification and solving skills, including out-of-the-box thinking.

·        Risk identification and risk management skills.

·        Planning and driving successful results.

·        Deep understanding of the solution development lifecycle.

·        Deep understanding of project management.

·        Deep understanding of human psychology and what drives adoption of change.

Although it is to a great extent a creative activity, good Solutions Architectures are defined by their capacity to hold against scrutiny and their ability to deliver the vision. They are made for the environment in which they are to be implemented, and they fulfill the requirements and limitations they are based upon, including the time they should last, the capacity to evolve and the time and resources that they should be achieved within.

As a solutions Architecture practitioner for many years, Malek Kemmou has a proven record of building architecture for dynamic and mission critical solutions, in highly sensitive contexts sometimes, and even in extremely constrained contexts.

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