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Software systems have grown more and more complex over the years, driven by diverse trends such as decreasing size of computing devices, the telecommunication revolution, growth of the internet, diversity of users and uses of software and increasing globalization.  The purpose of software architecture has been to enable software-based systems to achieve desired current and future functions with least amount of complexity. The fundamental qualitative objectives of scalability, reliability, efficiency, adaptability, configurability etc. have remained relevant.   However, software architectures have been continuously evolving to achieve these objectives in newer, more complex contexts. Distinct stages can be observed on this evolution journey, namely routine-based, function-based, object-based and service-based architectures, each with their distinct principles, rules and structures and corresponding differences in usage and behavior.


This paper uses the TRIZ laws of system evolution as a base framework to analyze the evolution of software architectures. The paper further deliberates on the movement of software architectures to the next stages on the laws and lines of system evolution. In combination, these movements point to a possible quantum leap in the evolution journey. Key principles, rules and structures of the next software architecture avatar are derived from TRIZ laws and lines of system evolution. A specific software system is used as an example to visualize a potential roadmap from current to next level architecture and the impact thereof.


Karthikeyan (Karthik) Iyer is a Founder / Director of an innovation co-creating firm, Crafitti Consulting Pvt. Ltd. He has more than a decade of experience in the IT industry and has consulted on innovation in processes, product strategy, technology, intellectual property and organizational innovation capability. His areas of interest include innovation culture and chaos theory, open innovation, inventive principles and technology evolution trends. Karthik holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Law from the National Law School India University. Contact Karthikeyan (Karthik) Iyer at karthikeyan.iyer (at)

Inside TRIZ

Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation

Inside TRIZ
Photo of Darrell MannMarch 2012
Darrell Mann
Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation
"Starting in August 2004, the Hong Kong government began sponsoring a deployment of TRIZ to a cluster of eight local companies. Over the course of the next 15 months, each company was invited to assemble a team of between 5 and 8 engineers and designers each of whom would be exposed to a series of six three-day TRIZ education and utilization sessions. The aims of the program were for each company to realize new products, patents and tangible financial benefits, and to measure the extent to which TRIZ allowed companies to accelerate their rate of innovation. This paper describes a collection of some of the success stories emerging from the program."

TRIZ Features

Alexander Selutsky

TRIZ Feature

Alexander Selyutsky - a key figure in the history of TRIZ!

Alexander Selyutsky

Selyutsky Alexander Borisovich was born April 6, 1933 to an intelligent Jewish family residing in Leningrad. During the World War II the plant where his father was working was evacuated to the Urals, and the family (the parents and Alexander) moved to Chelyabinsk. Here, Alexander graduated from high school. He wanted to go to a military school, but didn’t pass vision test and entered the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute. In his first year he was forced to learn boxing (because of frequent anti-Semitic attacks) and became a Komsomol activist.

After graduation, he was sent to Petrozavodsk Onega tractor plant, where he worked as a designer. He continued leading a very active social life, organized and led voluntary militia patrolling the streets of the city because the situation was very criminal. In the search for more satisfying work he became interested in patenting, completed appropriate courses and became a patent agent.

In 1960, Alexander married Dolly Naumovna Audleys, and had a daughter Alla in 1961. The same year G.S Altshuller published a book " “Learn how to invent"[1] . After reading this book in 1965 Selyutsky wrote a letter to Altshuller. This letter started their acquaintance by correspondence. Since then, Alexander became one of the most dedicated Altshuller’s disciples and an active promoter of the emerging new science.

They finally met in 1968 in Dzintary (near Riga), at the seminar organized by the Central Board of VOIR (state leading inventors’ and innovators’ society) that invited Altshuller and several of his associates. It was the first time that Alexander and others got a chance to work under the direct guidance of Altshuller and to learn from him. Later, in 1983, Alexander participated as one of the instructors in the seminar conducted by G.S. Altshuller in Moscow at the Institute for continuous education for chemical and petroleum industries.

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