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It Architects And Engineers
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It Architects And Engineers
It Architects And Engineers
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It Architects And Engineers

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A short comparison and description of the roles of IT Architecture and Engineer. These are loose terms often misused and not well defined.

A short comparison and description of the roles of IT Architecture and Engineer. These are loose terms often misused and not well defined.

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  • 1. IT Architects and Engineers
    12/30/2009
    David Champeau - ECM Consultant
  • 2. IT Architects and Engineers
    Different roles and responsibilities
    Different backgrounds, education, thought processes
    Work together and overlap knowledge bases
    Introduction
  • 3. There are many flavors
    Enterprise Architect
    Solution Architect
    System Architect
    Application Architect
    Software Architect
    IT Architects
  • 4. Then there are more specialized architects
    Network Architect
    Storage Architect
    Security Architect
    Infrastructure Architect
    Portal Architect
    IT Architects
  • 5. Now there are new, emerging disciplines
    Process Architect
    Information Architect
    IT Architects
  • 6. The term “architect” was borrowed from the building trades
    It describes the “design” aspect of the job
    The word “architect” is regulated in many US states
    Architect defined
  • 7. The architect (working with other SMEs like plumbers and electricians) designs a house
    A lot of detail is put into the design
    There are many different views that make up the overall design
    The design is done before any nail is pounded or cement poured
    If new techniques (technologies) are to be used then tests are run, prototypes built
    But the house is not started without the design completed and signed off
    Designing a house
  • 8. My builder once told me “he (the architect) never pounded a nail.”
    The design can change as the house is built
    Some things are missed
    Details are added or changed
    Walls are moved
    Building a house
  • 9. Even thought the builder is required to change some of the details because something is missed or added, the details are put on paper by the architect before the foundation is poured
    It is the architects job to think things through as much as possible
    And this can only be done on “paper” (or Visio, etc.)
    Details
  • 10. The Enterprise Architect works with stakeholders, both leadership and SMEs, to build a holistic view of the organization’s strategy, process, information and information technology assets
    The role is to take this knowledge and ensure that the business and IT are in alignment
    Enterprise Architect
  • 11. Strategic Thinking
    Across projects
    System Interactions
    Highly Abstracted
    Communication
    Across Organization
    Design
    Minimal, High Level
    Enterprise Architect
  • 12. Delivered successfully, an enterprise architecture has the potential to allow both the business and IT strategies to enable and drive each other
    Enterprise Architecture
  • 13. Responsibilities
    Alignment of IT strategy and planning with business goals
    Optimization of information management approaches
    Work with other architects, SMEs, engineers
    Enterprise Architect
  • 14. In today’s complex, specialized, interconnected world, IT projects require a team of architects to design a complex system
    IT Architects
  • 15. Enterprise Architect
    Like a city planner
    Provide the roadmaps and regulations used to manage city growth and services
    System Architect
    Plans one or more buildings
    Software Architect
    Plans Heating, Ventilation and A/C
    Network Architect
    Plans plumbing, electricity, water and sewer
    IT Architects
  • 16. There are many flavors
    Software Engineer
    Security Engineer
    Network Engineer
    Performance Engineer
    Release Deployer
    IT Administrator
    System Tester
    Front End Java Script Engineer
    IT Engineers
  • 17. Design and Build things
    Software engineer will design a program for a specific task or function and then write the code
    IT Administrator will write scripts to monitor a component of a system
    System tester will write scripts or configure a tool to test a system
    IT Engineers
  • 18. Architects design
    Engineers build
    Architects would do well to have spent some time as engineers
    Confusing
  • 19. Architect
    Sees a bigger picture
    Able to communicate the future state
    Works and communicates well with others
    Comprehensive knowledge of many areas
    Uses multiple methodologies
    Skills and Knowledge
    Engineer
    More detail focused
    Able to work alone or in a team
    Detailed knowledge of a few select areas
    Understands how to build and test
    Uses methodoligies
  • 20. Architects design before anything is built
    Engineers take the design and determine how to build (or if it can be built)
    The more effort put into the design, the greater the chance for success
    The better the communication, the greater the chance for success
    Summary

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