19 December 2011

Roles in the Enterprise Architecture Function

The Enterprise Architecture comprises the following IT dimensions:
  • Program Management
  • Software Architecture
  • Data Architecture
  • Network Architecture
  • Platform Architecture
  • Business Architecture (which over-arches all the above 5)
Of interest, are the roles of the Solution Architect and the Business Architect.
Solution Architect
The Solution Architect needs to be proficient in all 5 dimensions (with the exception of the Business Architecture). Being proficient is defined as being able to (at least):
  • set standards, directions, define best practices
  • lead large projects and develop programme plans
  • establish policies, designs and directions
As such, the Solution Architect can do almost anything technical and are valuable across a wide array of enterprise-wide projects and initiatives.

The Solution Architect works on large and complex IT architecture projects with full competency. He/ she is responsible for major architecture deliverables for enterprise-wide programmes and LOB projects, including system designs and architecture blueprints. Engages the Domain Architects in implementing best practices. Provides integrated system planning and recommends innovative technologies to enhance system designs.
Business Architect
The Business Architect is expected to be a self-starter, fast learner, analytical and be able to communicate well. They should have high-level understanding of IT but should be focused on understanding business function. He/ she must be able to relate well to both business leaders and IT domain experts.

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