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The reality of communication to solve problems…

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It is often confusing to people when I tell them what I do for a living. I am a solutions architect I tell them. They look at me. “So you make buildings?” I always laugh, not at the person but the misconception, Architects design buildings, engineers build them. In the world of software architecture, we take the initial concept, align with the existing processes and the business goals and available technology, and that creates a solution. In my current job, I am often asked to take a look at the bandwidth a company needs.

I talk about two concepts that most people grasp very quickly. The first is the concept of cost avoidance, and the second is the reality of cost removal. Cost avoidance is the money that the organization never has to spend. Cost removal means that the solution is cheaper this week than it was last week. The two can operate together. Or you can apply them separately to the issue at hand.

Why am I telling you this? Well, it has two distinct parts. The first is that in solving problems with software there are always reasons why you will fail. I will tell you, though, having built software for some of the biggest companies on earth there is one rule, originally coined by Ed Richter.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

If the first two fails, try the 3rd, if the 3rd fails to start over at 1. It seems so easy, but it is often the hardest thing to do.

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