Today’s systems are utterly complex. Architecture is the answer to provide order in this chaos. An architecture is your compass for change, with the purpose of planning investments, development and system change in a managed way. Architects should strive for simplicity in their designs, such that they can be understood by the relevant audiences.
This article attempts to give an explanation of simplicity.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of Internet Dating, that is, finding your future partner using Internet Dating sites. And there are many sites you can choose from. I have several reasons to participate in Internet Dating and I will describe my main experiences.
We are all familiar with the photographer, who captures what he sees and feels into a photo. In these short stories, I do pretty much the same, the difference being that my impressions are captured into words that typically cover 1-3 pages of text. As someone told me recently, architects have good eyes, and excellent writing skills that are used for describing their findings and systems harmony.
Twice I have experienced “Happy Hour”, but let me first explain what it denotes. “Happy Hour” is a bar term. It promotes a certain period of time, in which the drinks are less expensive than normally. This time period is usually between 4 and 6 pm or between 5 and 7 pm. It is especially during these hours, when we have stopped our daily work, that we are ready to have a few drinks.
In 2002 I had to go to New York for business, and my secretary arranged the flight. It turned out to be flight KL6071 with KLM from AMS (Amsterdam airport, also known as Schiphol) to JFK (John F Kennedy airport of New York). The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has defined three letter acronyms for all its airport members in the world.
"Simplicity is a high priority for my company..."
~ Ron Tolido, CTO Cap Gemini ~ Netherlands
"Simplicity is not an add-on feature"
~ Wlad Turksi
~ Development of the process computer for a cold steel mill.
~ Development of alarm centers for the Dutch police of the major cities.
~ Project advisor for an international airline.
~ Development of a three day course on architecture for a large international system integration company.
~ Architecture for a large transportation company that solves the system integration with new customers.
~ Delivery of a knowledge management framework for a large application services company.
~ Automation of Lycra beaming plants worldwide