Contribution 5: Architecting is About Balancing...
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Architecting is about much more than just the technical aspects (of modularizing systems, applying patterns, optimizing performance, etc.); architecting is about balancing the needs of all the stakeholders in a system, from users to CEOs to operations personnel to future programming staff, over the short and long term, in the way that is appropriate to the context at hand.
--Randy.stafford 17:26, 13 May 2008 (PDT)