New book on systems architecting by Gerrit Muller
Systems Architecting: A Business Perspective
Gerrit's book Systems Architecting: A Business Perspective is derived from industry-training classes that Gerrit teaches at ESI and at Buskerud University College at Kongsberg in Norway. This practical, scenario-driven guide places the processes of systems architecting in a broader context by juxtaposing the relationship of the systems architect with enterprise and management.
It fills an important gap, providing systems architects insight into the business processes, and especially into the processes to which they actively contribute. The book uses a simple reference model to enable understanding of the inside of a system in relation to its context. It covers the impact of tool selection and brings balance to the application of the intellectual tools versus computer-aided tools.
Stressing the importance of a clear strategy, the authors discuss methods and techniques that facilitate the architect’s contribution to the strategy process. They also give insight into the needs and complications of harvesting synergy, insight that will help establish an effective synergy-harvesting strategy.
The book also explores the often difficult relationship between managers and systems architects. Written in an approachable style, the book discusses the breadth of the human sciences and their relevance to systems architecting. It highlights the relevance of human aspects to systems architects, linking theory to practical experience when developing systems architecting competence.