India lacks skills for model driven architecture

By agencies   |   Monday, 15 May 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: India has the second biggest software developers' community, next only to the US, but very few software architects. While at the global level, 10 per cent of the IT professionals are software architects; the figure is a mere 1 per cent in India.

Sunil Dutt Jha, CEO of iCMG, says "In India, software professionals after a certain number of years prefer switching over to non-technical positions like project leaders or managers, whereas a software architect needs to be a senior IT professional having strong knowledge of business domain and middleware, apart from consulting and leadership skills.”

He said that as firms across businesses use particular enterprise applications to improve their efficiencies, they often find that the maintenance of the system with the changing of versions and requirements of the companies surpassed the investment towards developing the system.

The system which is called 'Model Driven Architecture' (MDA) is gradually becoming a global benchmark for companies looking at long term investment in their systems applications. "MDA focuses on building the model of the software first based on the business from which you can generate the technology model automatically," he pointed out.

MDA is the standard for software architecture developed by the Object Management Group (OMG), a consortium of over 700 companies across the world. MDA makes it possible by clearly separate the business model from the implementation platform, which helps developers to determine where to apply changes in the application, whether the business model, the architecture model or the code.

According to a survey conducted by Gartner, the architect, rapid application development (ARAD) approach, which is built around model-driven architecture, can yield a return on investment (ROI) of up to 1,500 percent.

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