IDesign system design (architecture) engagements are short, dedicated, effective and very intense. Using the IDesign Method for system design, we identify the areas of volatilities and encapsulate those in components of the architecture. These include the clients, managers, engines, resource access, and utilities. The result is the smallest set of building blocks that developers can put together to support all requirements. This explicitly means all requirements: present and future, known and unknown requirements. We then validate this design against the core set of use cases to ensure the architecture can indeed handle all requirements.
We complement the architecture with vertical slice of the proposed system design. A vertical slice is a stubbed-out implementation of one or two services in each architecture segment or layer. The vertical slice is the best way to proof the architecture and to ensure the customer understands it and can take it from there. The vertical slice represents most if not all of the “plumbing” issues that are the Achilles' heel of most applications, where developers spend the bulk of the effort, both in initial development time and in long-term maintenance. We also stress-test the vertical slice to ensure that there is nothing in the architecture that will preclude meeting your performance, scalability, throughput, availability, or responsiveness goals. Having the design done and prototyped in a few days is a huge productivity and quality boost, as well as overall upfront risk reduction.
We have successfully applied our architecture method at companies large and small, from the Fortune 100 to the startup.
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At Kinitos we required validation of our architecture and audit of our security mechanisms. ...read more IDesign provided us with world-class expertise in both architecture and security. IDesign were not only great consultants, but also great mentors as well. IDesign helped us design world-class security architecture in a matter of days and left us with the expertise to continue on our own afterwards.
Our division had an important and aggressive deadline, and to meet it, we needed to architect, design, build and test a new architecture that would interact with our complex legacy framework. ...read more The design was required to compensate for the technology gap, encapsulate the legacy side, and provide the new common interfaces. Juval took care of all requirements and did it at 75% of the allocated hours in the purchase order and beat the assigned schedule. He gave sound advice on services related to the project and spent a holiday weekend assisting the project. Juval came up with creative ideas, such as ways of converting legacy events to loosely coupled events, and then implemented them. Juval also assisted other engineers in the division with their technology and architecture-related issues, and provided feedback on our overall architecture.
We engaged IDesign for architecture consulting contract and Virtual Architect support to help me build our Architecture process. ...read more After a wee-long engagement to create our Architecture, Monty and I started putting together a repeatable process starting at the framework. If you can convince management to bring IDesign on, please do so! It will leap you forward years ahead of where you would be without them. Currently we are implementing the architecture proposed by IDesign and building our Architecture process with a single team. We are close to releasing the process and framework to other teams so we can normalize the Developer Experience at Mindbody. We were on schedule and on budget due to the combination of solid architecture and project design. In the end, I went from an unscalable and stressed-out Architect to a happy and scalable Architect.
The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California embarked on a complex migrating of the old mainframe systems to the new . ...read moreNET technologies. Our business analysts already spent thousands of hours working on business modeling and requirements. Is it even humanly possible to understand all of them and to generalize them enough to create common architectural patterns? The answer is “YES”. In the first two days IDesign worked primarily with Business Analysts. By the end of the second day they were able to identify major patterns of the system and started working with our engineers on static diagrams. By the third day we were into the system architecture. The fourth and fifth days were intense as they get writing a lot of code and verifying different architecture options for the subsystems. We covered miles of space including architecture, technologies, process boundaries and distributed transactions, authentication and authorization and security mechanisms, smart clients, web clients, multithreading, queued services, dynamic factory interfaces, and the list goes on. We asked thousands of questions. The session turned out to be an incredible experience. It was like learning to play chess by the Champion of the World. If you start on a complex project speak to the IDesign architects first. You will get an immense value from their insight as well replace classic mistakes of large system design with best practices.
Our company was developing a very large service-oriented, WCF-based distributed banking management application. ...read more The week spent with IDesign was a very valuable experience for our team. In an intense and focused engagement we managed to tackle the important issues for our project, to leverage the new Microsoft technologies and to apply a number of architectural patterns to our concrete requirements. The amount of knowledge and insight we gained during this week is something we are going to remember for the rest of our professional careers.
IDesign’s week long Architectural Consulting engagement was an incredibly productive exercise for my company. ...read more From a business stand point, the process gave our architecture an enormous leap forward. We, literally, could have spent years learning from trial and error how to properly put together a large WCF-based system. Instead we spent a week being guided by IDesign, the experts in the field. That kind of opportunity is priceless for any company.
We engaged IDesign for architecture consulting contract and Virtual Architect support to help me build our Architecture process. ...read more After a weeklong engagement to create our Architecture, Monty and I started putting together a repeatable process starting at the framework. If you can convince management to bring IDesign on, please do so! It will leap you forward years ahead of where you would be without them. Currently we are implementing the architecture proposed by IDesign and building our Architecture process with a single team. We are close to releasing the process and framework to other teams so we can normalize the Developer Experience at Mindbody. We were on schedule and on budget due to the combination of solid architecture and project design. In the end, I went from an unscalable and stressed out Architect to a happy and scalable Architect.