A Functional Software Architecture (FSA) is an architectural model that identifies enterprise functions, interactions and corresponding IT needs. These functions can be used as reference by different domain experts to develop IT-systems as part of a co-operative information-driven enterprise. In this way both software engineers and enterprise architects are able to create an information-driven, integrated organizational environment.
When an integrated software system needs to be developed and implemented normally a number of tasks and corresponding responsibilities can be divided:
Strategic management and business consultants set objectives in relation to a more efficient/effective business process.
Enterprise engineers come up with a design of a more efficient business process and a request for a certain information system in the form of an Enterprise Architecture.
Software engineers come up with the design of this information system, which describes the components and structural features of the system by use of a certain Architecture Description Language (ADL).
Computer programmers code the different modules and actually implement the system.
The described work division is in reality much more complex and also involves more actors but it outlines the involvement of people with different backgrounds in creating a software system that enables the organization to reach business objectives. A wide variety of material produced by different actors within this... Read More