Strategy & Architecture

Successful solutions pair the correct strategy with a strong architectural understanding.

The correct strategy

Vince Lombardi once said "Hope is not a strategy." Simply hoping that your software project will be successful is not sufficient, you need to have a winning strategy. At JBS we mirror this philosophy and develop winning strategies for our clients' projects based on decades of software project experiences. No two clients are the same - we develop a unique strategy for each customer based on their existing infrastructure and staff, business requirements, budget, and timeline. For all of our projects, we put processes in place to mitigate risk, reduce overhead, shrink feedback loops, maintain code quality, and improve system integrity.

Too often, product management relies on hope to drive software teams. Our High Velocity Software Development process means that we deliver iteratively. This allows product management to view progress early and often, redirecting efforts when the result does not match expectations. Our core strategy is to deliver these smaller pieces of business value all the time. This results in lower bug rates, quickly fixed defects, and faster development progress. JBS also strongly supports continuous integration and deployment, the process of automating test, build, and deploy processes. Together, these strategic choices allow our teams to move quickly, deliver tangible value, and reduce delays in the overall development process.

Proven architecture

At JBS we design and develop systems that stand the test of time. We do this by leveraging a myriad of architectural experience, gained from decades of working in the software industry. JBS's architectural board, a group of senior architects, has designed and implemented architectures that include serverless hosting, microservices, real-time streaming, enterprise service busses, and complex systems integrations. Working with different clients, we have gained a breadth and depth of architectural knowledge that is difficult to find anywhere else. We leverage our diverse background to drive the architectural decisions we make for all of our clients.

As a direct benefit of our years of architectural experience, our clients consistently report improvements to their systems' reliability, durability, scalability, extensibility, and cost effectiveness. We choose the architecture that we know fits your needs best, creating maximum benefit from minimal effort. This streamlines operations for your organization as well as reducing overhead by driving toward the right solution - the first time. We know what works because we've been there and as a result - we've also learned what doesn't work. Regardless of the architecture that you currently have, or the one you're envisioning for your future, JBS has the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate your architectural decisions.

Microservice Expertise

Conway's Law states that "organizations which design systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations." In other words, system design should mirror organizational structure. Following a business-driven architecture, JBS focuses on decoupling separate domains, maintaining backwards compatibility, and providing clearly-defined service contracts. For many projects, JBS does this by following a microservices approach - designing a system with a service for each distinct business domain involved. We have years of experience with microservices and we know how they can help your organization.

Although we follow a microservices approach, that does not mean that we always build many independent services. We isolate and decouple different business domains, separating responsibility and defining clear contracts between the newly-decoupled services. After our business domains properly separated and our contracts defined, the most important piece of our architectural design becomes backwards compatibility. By maintaining backwards compatibility in services, you can ensure that changes to any one part of the system do not break existing integrations between business domain services.