5.18.2005

RANT: Where have all the architects gone?

A collegue whispered "all the solutions we delivered seem to be driven completely from the bottom up (ie. by traders). shouldn't the approach be balanced with a healthy dose of top-down, bigger-picture designs?"

I have to admit, he is not the only one feels that way. Look at the sheer numbers of spreadsheets and you'll get the idea. Many financial architects (or ex-Architects) feel apprehensive and wonder if there is still a role for them on the trading floor.

The fact is that the word "architecture" doesn't seem to have a good rep on the floor - it often lends itself to pretty powerpoint drawings and vague hand waving. Never the less, when done right, it keeps developers from needless creativity to say the least.

Category: C++ Quant > From The Trenches

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