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What is the difference between Software architecture and Software design?

Software Design

Software design is the process of conceptualizing the software requirements into software implementation. This is the initial phase within the software development life cycle shifting the concentration from the problem to the solution.

When conceptualizing the software, the design process establishes a plan that takes the user requirements as challenges and works to identify optimum solutions. The plan should determine the best possible design for implementing the intended solution.

 Software Architecture 

The software architecture of a system depicts the system’s organization or structure, and provides an explanation of how it behaves. A system represents the collection of components that accomplish a specific function or set of functions. In other words, the software architecture process provides a sturdy foundation on which software can be built.

A series of architecture decisions and trade-offs impact quality, performance, maintainability, and overall success of the system. Failing to consider common problems and long-term consequences can put your system at risk.

There are multiple high-level architecture patterns and principles commonly used in modern systems. These are often referred to as architectural styles. The architecture of a software system is rarely limited to a single architectural style. Instead, a combination of styles often make up the complete system.

And then, what is the difference between Software Design and Software Architecture?

Software design provides everything that software developers need to know to produce consistent software that implements the required functionality. This includes specifications of services, components, integrations, data models and algorithms.

Software architecture places big-picture constraints on the design to ensure that it aligns with the business and technology strategy of an organization. This includes considerations such as compliance, technology standards and operational efficiency. Architecture is intended to prevent designs from repeating known mistakes or being inconsistent with the rest of the organization.

How are they related?

Software architecture exposes the structure of a system while hiding the implementation details. Architecture also focuses on how the elements and components within a system interact with one other. Software design delves deeper into the implementation details of the system. Design concerns include the selection of data structures and algorithms, or the implementation details of individual components.

Architecture and design concerns often overlap. Rather than use hard and fast rules to distinguish between architecture and design, it makes sense to combine them. In some cases, decisions are clearly more architectural in nature. In other cases, decisions focus heavily on design and how it helps to realize that architecture.

To learn it in a more practical way:

Software Design is a plan that gives enough detail for developers to implement consistent software.

Software Architecture is a plan that constrains software design to avoid known mistakes and achieve an organization’s business and technology strategy.

The level of software design is: implementation

The level of software architecture is: structure

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Software Development for Small Businesses is not a Thing of Dreams

Many small companies continue to work most of their processes as in the 80’s and the main reason is because software development is an unattainable dream for many of them. However, we believe that it is an unexplored field and that it has all the potential for growth.

The first thing you should know is that small and medium-sized companies tend to focus on the commercial sector and services, because their size and characteristics can’t be configured in the industrial sector that requires greater investment of resources. For example, large companies use various management programs in order to operate: from an ERP, through logistics software for the warehouse, a CRM for commercial management, resource management, security, human resources and many more. To make this simpler, they develop a single system that integrates all the functionalities or integrate one by one as they are required. In any case, the final result is a giant computer system that requires great maintenance, future adjustments and customization for your needs.

A medium or small company will never be able to cope with a system of these characteristics, such implantation costs will be unattainable. On the other hand, the vast majority don’t need such systems. It is not the same to organize the operations of 5,000 employees with 300 projects and daily revenue of several millions to getting 4 employees on board in the same project.

The great advantage of working with small companies is that they allow us to be much more agile in development, from the identification of their requirements, review and approval times are shorter, the learning curve is faster and the satisfaction of clients is higher when they see results that allow them to be more efficient with their business processes.

Here are some things we do that make software development for small businesses something you can actually aim at:

  • We develop custom software according to your unique goals and processes. If the objective is to standardize processes, a solution-oriented approach should be taken and a thorough QA process needs to take place since a solution that is too complex could cause problems for the organization instead of helping it move forward.·
  • We involve those in charge of the processes, especially in traditional or familiar settings. Change can be received with reluctance from company members, making it necessary to work with all the participants to make them feel the project is their own. This helps guarantee the achievement of the objectives set.·
  • We use agile methodologies, which allow the client to see small advances, provide feedback, improve and visualize early victories that embody the changes the software will bring for the company.
  • We choose a reliable development language that does not require too many changes and / or future updates, companies appreciate it and will surely want to work on similar projects in the future.

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