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ISSN 2587-814X (print),
ISSN 2587-8158 (online)

Russian version: ISSN 1998-0663 (print),
ISSN 2587-8166 (online)

Igor Ilyin  1, Anastasiia Grigoreva 1, Igor Zapivakhin 1
  • 1 Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, 29, Polytechnicheskaya Street, St. Petersburg, 195251, Russian Federation

Architectural Solution as a tool for planning and approval of changes in projects for information systems implementation and customization

2017. No. 2 (40). P. 68–78 [issue contents]

Igor V. Ilyin - Professor, Director of Graduate School of Business Technologies, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Address: 29, Polytechnicheskaya Street, St. Petersburg, 195251, Russian Federation
E-mail: ivi2475@gmail.com

Anastasiia A. Grigoreva - Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Business Technologies, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Address: 29, Polytechnicheskaya Street, St. Petersburg, 195251, Russian Federation
E-mail: grigoreva_spb@list.ru

Igor M. Zapivakhin - Consultant on Integration, SOLMIKS Consulting LLC; Master Student, Graduate School of Business Technologies, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Address: 29, Polytechnicheskaya Street, St. Petersburg, 195251, Russian Federation
E-mail: igorzapivakhin@gmail.com

      The agile project management approach has been considered to be one of the most popular approaches for developing IT solutions. Use of this approach allows us to change the requirements at any stage of the IT project, and one of the twelve principles of Agile Manifesto, – “Simplicity”, – promotes the use of a minimum amount of project documentation. One of the disadvantages limiting the implementation in such resource-intensive projects as Information Systems Projects (ISP) is the risk of exceeding budgets and time limits. Therefore it is highly important to develop such a tool that will contribute in discussion and approval process with the customer before changes are started so as to minimize the possibilities of changes at further stages of the project.
      This article investigates the possibility of applying holistic methods of the Enterprise Architecture (EA) in order to support solutions design during an Information System Project, in particular, in the form of documentation at the stage before implementation planning. The main aim of our research is to develop a tool that will help the customer to understand the planned changes and will contribute in that their influence on the already existing EA is taken into account. This article first reviews standards of IT project management in the context of recommendations for “conceptual project” outcomes.  Next, the results of interviews conducted with IT consultants are presented. The proposed Architectural Solution (AS) is a document that completes the stage of design and coordinating IT changes. It is based on the application of methods and models from the field of EA. We believe this solution may be a sufficient document for coordinating projects that are conducted under agile philosophy. 

Citation:

Ilyin I.V., Grigoreva A.A., Zapivakhin I.M. (2017) Architectural Solution as a tool for planning and approval of changes in projects for information systems implementation and customization. Business Informatics, no. 2 (40), pp. 68–78. DOI: 10.17323/1998-0663.2017.2.68.78

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