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September 08 , 2009

Software Systems Architecture

Working with Stakeholders Using Viewpoints and Perspectives


Software Systems Architecture, Second Edition is a highly regarded, practitioner-oriented guide to designing and implementing effective architectures for information systems. It is both a readily accessible introduction to software architecture and an invaluable handbook of well-established best practices.


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With this book you will learn how to

  • Design and communicate an architecture that reflects and balances the different needs of its stakeholders
  • Focus on architecturally significant aspects of design, including frequently overlooked areas such as performance, resilience, and location
  • Use scenarios and patterns to drive the creation and validation of your architecture
  • Document your architecture as a set of related views


Reflecting new standards and developments in the field, this new edition extends and updates much of the content, and

  • Adds a “system context viewpoint” that documents the system’s interactions with its environment
  • Expands the discussion of architectural principles, showing how they can be used to provide traceability and rationale for architectural decisions
  • Explains how agile development and architecture can work together
  • Positions requirements and architecture activities in the project context
  • Presents a new lightweight method for architectural validation


Whether you are an aspiring or practicing software architect, you will find yourself referring repeatedly to the practical advice in this book throughout the lifecycle of your projects. A supporting Web site containing further information can be found at

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