System Architecture

Before our engineers began writing code, our lead software engineer will design the system’s architecture. This specification will ensure that as the team collaborates on building the system, it’ll appear to be designed by one-mind. This will improve long term maintainability, adherence to functional specification, and ultimately minimize wasted effort.

After the project lead has worked with you to prepare a functional specification, they will began work on the system architecture designs. Below are some of the common items that come out of that process.

Data Schema

During a product’s life cycle, that structure and volume of data will scale. If the storage mechanisms are improperly designed, then it could cause performance issues or worse, put the integrity of your data at risk.

Depending on the complexity of your system, the system architect will prepare schemas as UML compliant diagrams that denote relationships between entities and their properties. Some systems warrant varying levels of granularity.

Data Flow Diagram

Most systems take data in from external sources, and often emit them out to third-parties. It’s important to understand the needs of those sources so that data can be gracefully and consistently transformed as it passes into and out of the system. Additionally, systems that provide dashboards or reporting are likely to prepare and store aggregations or stratifications of the raw data.

It’s important for the developers to know ahead of time how that data will flow. For this reason, the architect will typically prepare flow diagrams that depict the state of data as it moves between systems and services, as well as field mappings between those variants.

Activity Flow Diagrams

While collaborating with the user experience designers, the system architect will take the functional specs and use cases to document activity flows. These are visual representations of how actions from users affect a system and that resulting pathways of events as it reacts to various states in the system.

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