Chapter 7

Practices of Software Architects in Business and Strategy—An Industry Experience Report

Michael Stal,    University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Some organizations consider software architects as advanced software engineers with a high-technology bias. From their perspective, architects do not require expertise in business and strategy. Even software architects themselves tend to believe they are only responsible for technology and design decisions but not for economic aspects. This attitude leads to solutions that are technically sound but fail to deliver the expected return on investment. If software architects do not understand economics and the business, they cannot come up with economic solutions that support the business ...

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