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    • The IT Architect Profession Paul Turner Director, IASA Australia
    • Agenda
      • The Architecture Profession
      • What is IASA?
      • Architect Skills
      • Conclusion
    • The Architecture Profession
      • "Architects have an inborn talent which cannot be transferred." - event attendee, ITARC Atlanta, 2007
      • "You cannot train architects, they need 20 years experience." - chapter member, IASA Austin
      • "Architecture is an over used term and therefore doesn't mean anything anyway" - chapter member
    • The Architecture Profession
      • "Oh we don't need training, we are Enterprise Architects" - member survey
      • "Help I need to hire architects but cannot define the role" - HR Manager
      • "Why should I hire architects? No one has ever made the case to me." – CEO
      • "Architects are just visio jockeys right? We need coders not talkers." - development manager
    • The Architecture Profession
      • "We are going to architect the business. No technology just a business architecture" - enterprise architect member
      • "Why would we need more information on architecture? (Zachman, IBM, OMG, IEEE, SEI, or fill in the blank) has already figured it all out."
    • What is Architecture
      • If Building Architecture is:
      • n. The art and science of designing and erecting buildings.
      • Then What is IT Architecture:
      • n. The art and science of designing and deploying Information Technology.
      • But who decides the art and the science?
    • What is IT Architecture
      • Q: Who decides what medicine is?
      • A: The practicing body of professionals including researchers, educators and practitioners.
      • IASA Believes IT Architecture is:
      • The knowledge maintained, taught and executed by the practicing body of IT architects.
      • Architects are the definition of IT Architecture!
    • Agenda
      • The Architecture Profession
      • What is IASA?
      • Architect Skills
      • Conclusion
    • What is IASA?
      • The IASA is a non-profit professional association
      • The IASA is run by architects
        • We focus on the professional first and the profession second
      • The IASA is for all IT architects
        • Infrastructure, Enterprise, Software, Application and Beginning Architects
      • The IASA is centrally governed and locally run
        • We take extreme care to "Think Globally, Act Locally"
      • The IASA is technology and vendor agnostic
    • Why We Started
      • We couldn’t find resources targeted at our needs
      • We couldn’t find our peers
      • Our experience wasn’t portable
      • Only subjective criteria for architect
      • Was VERY difficult to grow our careers
    • Who we Serve - Our Members
      • Architects thrive in Corporate, Product and Service companies
      • Member Specialization Backgrounds
        • 39% MS .NET Software
        • 33% J2EE Software
        • 18% Infrastructure
        • 10% Business
      • Members are
        • 30% Senior Architects
        • 36% Mid-Level Architects
        • 34% Associate Architects
      Corporations Vendors Service Integrators Thought Leaders Gov’t Edu Architects Architects Architects Architects Architects
    • How Do We Become Architects
    • The Career Path Aspiring Architects need full training Associate Architects need formal training to become professional architects Professional Architects need spot training to fill in gaps
    • Agenda
      • The Architecture Profession
      • What is IASA?
      • Architect Skills
      • Conclusion
    • What is the value of IT Architecture
      • Aligning IT and other Business Units?
      • Shorten project timelines?
      • Insurance against project failure?
      • Creation of best technical solution?
      • Yes but these are limited
      • IT Architecture is technology strategy
        • Just enough software to enable a competitive advantage
      • Architects increase shareholder value directly
        • We make you new money or save you old money
    • What do IT Architects Do
      • Taxonomy includes 256 topics contained in
        • 5 categories of foundation skills
        • 3 specializations
      • Skills must be practical and necessary to successful architects
      • Enterprise Architecture is not a skill but a role
    • Foundation Skills – Business Technology Strategy
      • Skills necessary to identify, design, plan and support a technology environment that forms the basis of competitive advantage
      • Alignment and Investment Strategy, Valuation, ROI, TCO, Viability, Opportunity, Industry Concerns, Business Fundamentals
    • Foundation Skills – Design
      • The ability to solve problems in a rigorous fashion
      • Patterns and Best Practices, Building blocks, Artifacts, Tools, Methodologies and Techniques, Evaluation practices
    • Foundation Skills – Quality Attributes
      • Cross-cutting elements of technology solutions
      • Management and Monitoring, Types (reliability, scalability, security, etc.), Implementation Considerations
    • Foundation Skills – IT Environment
      • Functional and procedural aspects of a information technology group
      • How we run things (maintenance and support) and how we create new things (forward engineering)
      • Organizing, Engineering, Operations, Governance, Project Management Capabilities (non-technical), Cost Estimation and Tracking
    • Foundation Skills – Human Dynamics
      • Skills associated with managing and influencing human elements associated with a complex effort or environment
      • Communications, Situational Awareness, Leadership
    • Specialization
      • Must be based on the Foundation Skills
      • Must be deep enough and broad enough to be practiced from apprentice to master
      • Combination forms total architecture direction
    • Agenda
      • The Architecture Profession
      • What is IASA?
      • Architect Skills
      • Conclusion
    • What you should be doing
      • Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast
      • Start with project success and move up
      • Focus primarily on architect skills not architecture frameworks
    • Conclusion
      • Get involved now not later
      • Start studying the skill set
        • If you’ve mastered one move on to the next
      • Find a successful architect to work with
      • Start publishing/contributing now
    • IASA Australia
      • Country leaders: Daniel Piva, Pervez Kazmi, Paul Turner, Nigel Watson
      • Chapters to be setup in Melbourne and Sydney initially
      • 1 st Steps: Chapters, community, and education
      • Contact: australia@iasahome.org
      • http://www.iasahome.org