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Future-Proof Software-Systems

A Sustainable Evolution Strategy

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  • Presents a successful strategy for the management of complexity, change and uncertainty in large, mission-critical software-systems.

  • Offers deep practical insight into architecture-driven software development.

  • Provides direct guidance on principle-based architecting for the working software architect.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Foundation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Software Everywhere

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 3-10
    3. Force of Entropy

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 11-19
    4. Three Devils of Systems Engineering

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 21-44
    5. Future-Proof Software-Systems

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 45-55
    6. Evolution Strategies

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 57-89
    7. Architecture

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 91-111
    8. Principle-Based Architecting

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 113-124
    9. Context for Managed Evolution

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 125-137
    10. The Future

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 139-158
    11. Special Topics

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 159-198
  3. Principles

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 199-199
    2. Principles for Business Value

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 201-205
    3. Architecture Principles for Changeability

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 207-308
    4. Architecture Principles for Resilience

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 309-336
    5. Architecture Principles for Dependability

      • Frank J. Furrer
      Pages 337-363
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 365-376

About this book

Software is a crucial success factor for most of today’s products and services. The tremendous impact of software on all areas of our jobs, lives, the environment and on society is undisputed and is growing every day. 

The software community has a responsibility to produce and operate useful, dependable, and trustworthy software. The software should at the same time provide business value and guarantee a number of quality of service properties, such as security, safety, performance, integrity, etc. 

The lion’s share of current software investment is not for greenfield creation, but for the extension and evolution of existing software-systems. These systems are often very large, mission-critical, and long-lived. They need to be sustainable, both commercially and qualitatively. We call these “future-proof software-systems.” 

Experience has shown that a first-rate architecture is the foundation of future-proof software-systems. Therefore, the focus of this book is on architecture and architecture’s value for long-lived, mission-critical, trustworthy systems. 

This objective is achieved by using: 

• The powerful evolution strategy “Managed Evolution”; 

• The engineering best practice “Principle-Based Architecting”. 

Managed Evolution is based on a stepwise, risk-controlled, integrated approach leading to future-proof software-systems. In principle-based architecting, a set of proven, enforceable architecture principles are formulated and applied during each evolution cycle of the software-system. Following these architecture principles leads to the creation, evolution, and maintenance of superior, valuable architectures. 

This book does not represent a new development methodology but instead provides a set of good engineering practices that can be integrated into most development processes for the development of future-proof software-systems. 


About the Author 

Frank J. Furrer graduated as an electrical engineer at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, Switzerland and earned his Ph.D. from the same institution. Afterward, he was active in the industry as an entrepreneur, as an architect, and as a management consultant for Information Technology and IT Systems Architectures. Since 2013, he  teaches as an honorary professor at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (Faculty for Computer Science). This book represents the distilled outcomes of his long professional career as a software-systems architect, consultant, author, and educator.  

Keywords

  • software architecting
  • agile software development
  • Technical debt
  • Software Architecture Book
  • Future-Proof Software-Systems
  • Frank J. Furrer
  • Managed Software Evolution
  • Software evolution strategy
  • principle-based software architecting
  • evolution-driven software development
  • software architecture framework

Authors and Affiliations

  • Computer Science Faculty, Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany

    Frank J. Furrer

About the author

Frank J. Furrer graduated as an electrical engineer at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, Switzerland and earned his Ph.D. from the same institution. Afterward, he was active in the industry as an entrepreneur, as an architect, and as a management consultant for Information Technology and IT Systems Architectures. Since 2013, he  teaches as an honorary professor at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (Faculty for Computer Science). This book represents the distilled outcomes of his long professional career as a software-systems architect, consultant, author, and educator.  

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Future-Proof Software-Systems

  • Book Subtitle: A Sustainable Evolution Strategy

  • Authors: Frank J. Furrer

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-19938-8

  • Publisher: Springer Vieweg Wiesbaden

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science and Engineering (German Language)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-658-19937-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-658-19938-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXVII, 376

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 168 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Software Engineering, Programming Techniques, Software Management, IT Operations

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eBook USD 44.99
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  • ISBN: 978-3-658-19938-8
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  • Readable on all devices
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)