Vector ITC analyses the benefits of the Architecture as a Service model

Companies today are in a changing marketplace with fierce competition and a volatile business environment, requiring them to demonstrate great speed and agility in adapting to their customers’ requirements. Companies’ IT systems must accompany this adaptation process with the same or greater speed in order to keep up with this frenetic pace. This leads in most cases to the need for modernisation of systems at both the infrastructure and architectural levels. For Vector ITC, an international technological and digital group, the approach to accelerate the development of applications goes through the conjunction of two complementary means: new methodologies (DevOps, agile methodologies, etc.) and the use of different technologies, introducing new fields to the construction of software (Big Data, Cybersecurity, Cloud).

For the application of these latest technological trends, companies require highly qualified technical profiles that analyse and evolve current architectures together with the business needs to propose new, more modern architectures that allow greater speed of development and characteristics such as maintenance and scalability. The need for knowledge in many new technologies and areas of software architecture leads to think that it is almost impossible for a single person to have sufficient knowledge in all areas necessary in the challenge of architectural modernization in the technology of enterprises.

Architecture as a Service:

It is precisely because of this need that the concept of Architecture as a Service (AaaS) appears. This concept is based on using architectural knowledge as a service and not like hiring an architect or architectural consultant.

The AaaS is based on offering not only the knowledge of an architect to evaluate and define a change in technological architecture, but also on offering a whole team of architects who are specialists in different areas of technology, represented by one or several project architects who will gather all the information on the current system, the needs and requirements of the business and will take all this information to an architecture table, where experts in the different areas will analyse all the data to offer a joint solution that will resolve the needs raised.

This work methodology is usually composed of two phases:

  • A definition phase, where one or more of the department’s architects are assigned for the initial contact. They will gather information on the initial state of the project and establish the specific needs. They will periodically check the information collected with the Architecture Committee, where they will detect new needs and resolve any doubts that may arise, proposing the best solution which will be transferred and agreed upon by the client with the Technical Manager of the project.
  • An implementation phase of what was defined in the previous phase, where the assigned architects will follow up the implementation, carrying out consultancy work and reconsidering the solution if new needs arise.

“The basis of a good technological platform is its software architecture, with increasing complexity in terms of technology and scope. Furthermore, it is one of the pillars on which the evolution of companies must be based in terms of the future development of their internal and market solutions. Technological specialisation, market knowledge, talent, adaptability to changes, agile development, economic efficiency and shared knowledge are trends that define the AaaS (Architecture as a Service), and which constitute Vector ITC’s approach to the market”, says Ivan Lastra Quintana, Architecture Manager of Vector ITC.

The digital transformation of companies is no longer a necessity but a reality. The client or user as the final consumer sets an essential direction in the whole process, with new needs, requirements and trends. Technology, and therefore technology suppliers, must offer what customers demand, and in the way they demand it. Even anticipating and offering solutions to needs that the client has not even detected could be decisive.

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