Carnegie Mellon University

17-638- Systems Architecture for Managers

Modern business is run on information systems of ever-increasing complexity and sophistication. As a result, business managers must be able to make effective decisions regarding the strategic selection, specification, design, and deployment of information systems. Appropriate application of architectural design concepts and techniques can significantly improve these decisions. The course introduces key architectural concepts, techniques, and guidance to aspiring managers of organizations so as to enable them to make more effective architectural decisions and avoid common pitfalls. Although the course covers a significant body of technical material, the focus is on managerial challenges rather than technical implementation. There is no formal prerequisite for this class other than a solid academic standing and some familiarity with software development. Experience building, designing, specifying, or working with large information systems will be helpful, but is not required. This course is not appropriate for students who have taken 17-655.