Architecture

Solution Architecture

Solution architecture is a practice of designing, describing, and managing the solution engineering in relation to specific business problems.

A Solution Architect is the person in charge of leading the practice and introducing the overall technical vision for a particular solution.

What is Solution Architecture?

A solution architecture (SA) is an architectural description of a specific solution. SAs combine guidance from different enterprise architecture viewpoints (business, information and technical), as well as from the enterprise solution architecture (ESA)
Gartner


A description of a discrete and focused business operation or activity and how IS/IT supports that operation. A Solution Architecture typically applies to a single project or project release, assisting in the translation of requirements into a solution vision, high-level business and/or IT system specifications, and a portfolio of implementation tasks.
TOGAF



Solution Architect/Engineering is responsible for defining and communicating a shared technical and architectural vision across multiple ARTs to help ensure the system or Solution under development is fit for its intended purpose.
SAFe

Snippet from Wikipedia: Solution architecture

Solution architecture is a practice of defining and describing an architecture of a system delivered in context of a specific solution and as such it may encompass description of an entire system or only its specific parts. Definition of a solution architecture is typically led by a solution architect.

There are many definitions of "solution architecture" in the industry but no official definition exists yet. The Open Group (2009) defined solution architecture as:

A used business operation or activity and how IS/IT supports that operation. A Solution Architecture typically applies to a single project or project release, assisting in the translation of requirements into a solution vision, high-level business and/or IT system specifications, and a portfolio of implementation tasks.

The definition provided by Gartner (2013) hints at a relationship between a solution architecture and the enterprise architecture:

A solution architecture (SA) is an architectural description of a specific solution. SAs combine guidance from different enterprise architecture viewpoints (business, information and technical), as well as from the enterprise solution architecture (ESA).

Greefhorst and Proper (2013) define solution architecture as:

An architecture of a solution, where a solution is a system that offers a coherent set of functionalities to its environment. As such, it concerns those properties of a solution that are necessary and sufficient to meet its essential requirements

Most definitions agree that the distinguishing characteristic of a solution architecture is that its context is a specific solution or deliverable as opposed to an entire enterprise or a segment of an enterprise. Furthermore, definitions put emphasis on the very specific nature of solution architecture and on its alignment with higher-level principles and specifications.

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