Architecture Consulting

Architecture - Backbone of a successful product launch

Behind every successful launch, there is a solid architecture. 87% of the products fail to meet the customer demands of responsiveness and resilience. In today's world where time to market and customer satisfaction are paramount an unsuccessful product launch is death by a thousand cuts. The digital transformation journey needs architects who have been through the trenches and are well versed with Reactive Concepts and architectural strategies

Knoldus Architecture group can help you increase the overall quality of your projects by assessing and creating architecture roadmaps to enable your IT strategy.

Knoldus provides three types of architecture, which gives you directions for strategic investments and you can save money. Each of these is tailored to a specific phase of a project. Together they cover the full project lifecycle. Also, each of the audit types can be customized to your requirements. During a project, one or more types of the audit can be used to target specific areas of interest to you.

How we deliver value?

Knoldus uses a specialist/generalist approach
backed up by a QA consultant. The specialist
focuses on the technical details of an audit
(technology, code, checklists, best practices).
The generalist focuses on the functional details
(requirements, functionality, architecture, structure)
and has overall responsibility for the audit. Generalist
and specialist share the same technical background,
making it possible to work efficiently and in support of
each other. The QA consultant is an experienced auditor
that can be consulted during the audit and executes
peer reviews on audit deliverables.

Knoldus architects ensure that your product adheres to established best practices for Reactive Architecture through a comprehensive evaluation of application code and workflows, -ilities, supportability, and cloud readiness. Knoldus architects are battle-hardened experts in their fields, with many years of experience solving functional, performance, and security problems for enterprises.

Types of Audits

  • Landscape assessment

    • At the start!
    • Duration - 2 to 4 weeks
    • Phase of the journey - Initialization, few sprints into the project
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  • Landscape assessment

    Enterprise System Architecture needs to maintain a balance across multiple factors like rapidly evolving technology, dynamic business scenarios, and integration with diverse systems, without increasing the cost of software development and the complexity of software systems. Knoldus architects would come in and do a detailed assessment of the existing landscape and the gaps to arrive at the ETA. This includes

    Analysis of various system or product scenarios
    • Domain, industry practices, and statistics
    • Tools and technology usage
    • Costs and timelines
    • Learnings from similar systems
    Identification of key parameters before working on the architecture
    • Architectural principles applicable
    • Best practices to be followed
    • Quality of Service (QoS) to be achieved
    • Integration need
    • Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product consideration
    Also evaluated
    • Behavioral facts or metrics of the existing environment along with the structural integration and operational behavior of an organization
    • How the concerns raised by various stakeholders are addressed along with the mapping metrics
    • The rationale behind the selection of architectural principles and tradeoff considerations
    • Metrics about the expected and targeted quality if the architecture description is followed
  • Hand holding & review

    • Ongoing!
    • Duration - Sprint based, working sprint on sprint
    • Phase of the journey - Initialization, few sprints into the project, ongoing
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  • Hand holding and review

    Products need to be efficient, innovative, fast and reliable along with high-quality to respond to continually-changing business demands. Knoldus architects partner with your development team to extend their skills and effectiveness by providing a layer of architectural assurance, continuously assist with adoption of best practices, and implement industry-proven development methodologies.

    Our experience in handling huge streaming systems, real-time analytics, time series multi-point IoT systems, and fast data platforms make us hit the road running with your development team. Our Reactive Architecture certified engineers know what it takes to build highly scalable, fault-tolerant, real-time, secure systems which meet the need of the hour.

  • Architecture and Security Audit

    • At key milestones!
    • Duration - 2-4 weeks for assessment & reporting
    • Phase of the journey - Key checkpoints, ready for production & release
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  • Architecture and Security Audit

    • Is the product architecture meeting the key business requirements of your stakeholders and customers?
    • Can the chosen architectural strategies and standards hold water in event of failure?
    • Has the system been subject to Chaos engineering?
    • Instead of assuming that the system architecture will work as expected for the anticipated business goals, why not prove it methodically?

    Steps for an architecture and security audit are

    Business Domain Understanding Understand the business problem, business goals, and business requirements and then translate those requirements into a mapping with the technical architecture solution capable of meeting those requirements.
    Software Quality AuditValidating the code against the industry best practices, code, and design guidelines, architectural compliance, process compliance etc. Mapping the code and against the expected -ilities. Knoldus architects would use the Knoldus CodeSquad tool for the checks.
    Development Process AuditIdentifying the gaps in the development process with respect to best practices for software development. State of Agile adoption and recommendations on improvements.
    Security AuditA specialized check. Gauge the security of the system and validate if it can survive common attacks, as per the OWASP guidelines. The check would also validate whether the security architecture has been designed according to known standards and can serve as the basis for future releases of the application.
    Architectural Audit (AA)Evaluating and recommending improvements for the software architectures relative to defined quality attribute goals and SLAs. Evaluation of best practices and exposing architectural risks that potentially inhibit the achievement of an organization's business goals. Knoldus Architects work with the architects and managers to determine which business goals to focus on and to propose alternatives to improve and evolve the architecture, ranking these alternatives based on their expected costs, benefits, and uncertainty

Landscape assessment

Enterprise System Architecture needs to maintain a balance across multiple factors like rapidly evolving technology, dynamic business scenarios, and integration with diverse systems, without increasing the cost of software development and the complexity of software systems. Knoldus architects would come in and do a detailed assessment of the existing landscape and the gaps to arrive at the ETA. This includes

Analysis of various system or product scenarios
  • Domain, industry practices, and statistics
  • Tools and technology usage
  • Costs and timelines
  • Learnings from similar systems
Identification of key parameters before working on the architecture
  • Architectural principles applicable
  • Best practices to be followed
  • Quality of Service (QoS) to be achieved
  • Integration need
  • Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product consideration
Also evaluated
  • Behavioral facts or metrics of the existing environment along with the structural integration and operational behavior of an organization
  • How the concerns raised by various stakeholders are addressed along with the mapping metrics
  • The rationale behind the selection of architectural principles and tradeoff considerations
  • Metrics about the expected and targeted quality if the architecture description is followed

Hand holding and review

Products need to be efficient, innovative, fast and reliable along with high-quality to respond to continually-changing business demands. Knoldus architects partner with your development team to extend their skills and effectiveness by providing a layer of architectural assurance, continuously assist with adoption of best practices, and implement industry-proven development methodologies.

Our experience in handling huge streaming systems, real-time analytics, time series multi-point IoT systems, and fast data platforms make us hit the road running with your development team. Our Reactive Architecture certified engineers know what it takes to build highly scalable, fault-tolerant, real-time, secure systems which meet the need of the hour.

Architecture and Security Audit

  • Is the product architecture meeting the key business requirements of your stakeholders and customers?
  • Can the chosen architectural strategies and standards hold water in event of failure?
  • Has the system been subject to Chaos engineering?
  • Instead of assuming that the system architecture will work as expected for the anticipated business goals, why not prove it methodically?

Steps for an architecture and security audit are

Business Domain Understanding Understand the business problem, business goals, and business requirements and then translate those requirements into a mapping with the technical architecture solution capable of meeting those requirements.
Software Quality AuditValidating the code against the industry best practices, code, and design guidelines, architectural compliance, process compliance etc. Mapping the code and against the expected -ilities. Knoldus architects would use the Knoldus CodeSquad tool for the checks.
Development Process AuditIdentifying the gaps in the development process with respect to best practices for software development. State of Agile adoption and recommendations on improvements.
Security AuditA specialized check. Gauge the security of the system and validate if it can survive common attacks, as per the OWASP guidelines. The check would also validate whether the security architecture has been designed according to known standards and can serve as the basis for future releases of the application.
Architectural Audit (AA)Evaluating and recommending improvements for the software architectures relative to defined quality attribute goals and SLAs. Evaluation of best practices and exposing architectural risks that potentially inhibit the achievement of an organization's business goals. Knoldus Architects work with the architects and managers to determine which business goals to focus on and to propose alternatives to improve and evolve the architecture, ranking these alternatives based on their expected costs, benefits, and uncertainty

Knoldus Consulting Differentiators

Practical and concrete recommendations. For over 20 years our specialists have helped clients in the structural improvement of their software and their software production process. Practical structural improvements to secure the lifecycle of the product.

The Knoldus audit proposition has the following additional characteristics:

  • Checklists Based on ISO

    ISO 9126 (software product quality) is about all the "illities", like functionality, reliability, usability, maintainability, etc.

  • Best Approach

    Practical implementable best practice recommendations.

  • Assess Development Processes

    ISO 15504 is used to assess development processes. ISO 15504 is also named SPICE, which stands for Software Process

  • Auto Inspection

    Software inspections of Scala code are always executed using automated tooling (Scalastyle, Gatling, etc.). This much more efficient than visual inspection by humans. Such an inspection is only used when appropriate.

  • Proven Report Template

    Reporting is done based on a standard and proven report template.

  • Time Allocation

    For all audit types a 50/50 split-up holds between the execution of the audit and reporting, i.e. up to 50% of the time will be allocated for reporting.

Our experience in Architecture Consulting

Knoldus architecture consulting services support organizations in turning digital transformation into an integral part of internal capability.

Case Study

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

We provides a big data architecture to deliver the value faster by handling tradeoffs between data latency, volume, transformation, and integration.

Case Study

nDimensional

We provides the architectures that supported different sources of data and 100,000 streams with zero latency.

Case Study

Dun and Bradstreet

Successfully designed the architecture which handles 8x times the volume of alerts with the scaling on GridGain horizontally.

Meet our expert Architects

Vikas Hazrati

CEO & Founder

Helps in providing strategic planning expertise, best practices for process optimization, and strategies for business transformation

Ram Indukuri

Managing Partner

Help clients fully leverage their IT portfolio & execute IT strategies and business transformation

Awards and Recognition