The golden rule: he who has gold rules
Architecture is more about client advocacy than it is engineering. As the architect, it’s your job to see your client’s vision through to fruition. To do this, you must bring various technologies together to produce a harmonious whole.
Just remember that someone else is paying the bill. You can persuade, recommend, and suggest the right architecture, but ultimately it comes down to some compromise between your ideals and what it's going to cost your client.
With this in mind, remember that the project manager is not your client; they only are concerned with time and money. The software engineers and programmers on a project are not your customer either. The one that is actually paying the bill, "the one who has the gold," is your client, and they "rule."
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