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Architect Skills.ppt

  1. 1. The IT Architect Profession Paul Turner Director, IASA Australia
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>The Architecture Profession </li></ul><ul><li>What is IASA? </li></ul><ul><li>Architect Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Architecture Profession <ul><li>&quot;Architects have an inborn talent which cannot be transferred.&quot; - event attendee, ITARC Atlanta, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;You cannot train architects, they need 20 years experience.&quot; - chapter member, IASA Austin </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Architecture is an over used term and therefore doesn't mean anything anyway&quot; - chapter member </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Architecture Profession <ul><li>&quot;Oh we don't need training, we are Enterprise Architects&quot; - member survey </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Help I need to hire architects but cannot define the role&quot; - HR Manager </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Why should I hire architects? No one has ever made the case to me.&quot; – CEO </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Architects are just visio jockeys right? We need coders not talkers.&quot; - development manager </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Architecture Profession <ul><li>&quot;We are going to architect the business. No technology just a business architecture&quot; - enterprise architect member </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Why would we need more information on architecture? (Zachman, IBM, OMG, IEEE, SEI, or fill in the blank) has already figured it all out.&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is Architecture <ul><li>If Building Architecture is: </li></ul><ul><li>n. The art and science of designing and erecting buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>Then What is IT Architecture: </li></ul><ul><li>n. The art and science of designing and deploying Information Technology. </li></ul><ul><li>But who decides the art and the science? </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is IT Architecture <ul><li>Q: Who decides what medicine is? </li></ul><ul><li>A: The practicing body of professionals including researchers, educators and practitioners. </li></ul><ul><li>IASA Believes IT Architecture is: </li></ul><ul><li>The knowledge maintained, taught and executed by the practicing body of IT architects. </li></ul><ul><li>Architects are the definition of IT Architecture! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Agenda <ul><li>The Architecture Profession </li></ul><ul><li>What is IASA? </li></ul><ul><li>Architect Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is IASA? <ul><li>The IASA is a non-profit professional association </li></ul><ul><li>The IASA is run by architects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We focus on the professional first and the profession second </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The IASA is for all IT architects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure, Enterprise, Software, Application and Beginning Architects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The IASA is centrally governed and locally run </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We take extreme care to &quot;Think Globally, Act Locally&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The IASA is technology and vendor agnostic </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why We Started <ul><li>We couldn’t find resources targeted at our needs </li></ul><ul><li>We couldn’t find our peers </li></ul><ul><li>Our experience wasn’t portable </li></ul><ul><li>Only subjective criteria for architect </li></ul><ul><li>Was VERY difficult to grow our careers </li></ul>
  11. 11. Who we Serve - Our Members <ul><li>Architects thrive in Corporate, Product and Service companies </li></ul><ul><li>Member Specialization Backgrounds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>39% MS .NET Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% J2EE Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18% Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10% Business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Members are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30% Senior Architects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36% Mid-Level Architects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>34% Associate Architects </li></ul></ul>Corporations Vendors Service Integrators Thought Leaders Gov’t Edu Architects Architects Architects Architects Architects
  12. 12. How Do We Become Architects
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Agenda <ul><li>The Architecture Profession </li></ul><ul><li>What is IASA? </li></ul><ul><li>Architect Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  15. 15. What is the value of IT Architecture <ul><li>Aligning IT and other Business Units? </li></ul><ul><li>Shorten project timelines? </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance against project failure? </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of best technical solution? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes but these are limited </li></ul><ul><li>IT Architecture is technology strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just enough software to enable a competitive advantage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Architects increase shareholder value directly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We make you new money or save you old money </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. What do IT Architects Do <ul><li>Taxonomy includes 256 topics contained in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 categories of foundation skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 specializations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills must be practical and necessary to successful architects </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Architecture is not a skill but a role </li></ul>
  17. 17. Foundation Skills – Business Technology Strategy <ul><li>Skills necessary to identify, design, plan and support a technology environment that forms the basis of competitive advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Alignment and Investment Strategy, Valuation, ROI, TCO, Viability, Opportunity, Industry Concerns, Business Fundamentals </li></ul>
  18. 18. Foundation Skills – Design <ul><li>The ability to solve problems in a rigorous fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Patterns and Best Practices, Building blocks, Artifacts, Tools, Methodologies and Techniques, Evaluation practices </li></ul>
  19. 19. Foundation Skills – Quality Attributes <ul><li>Cross-cutting elements of technology solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Management and Monitoring, Types (reliability, scalability, security, etc.), Implementation Considerations </li></ul>
  20. 20. Foundation Skills – IT Environment <ul><li>Functional and procedural aspects of a information technology group </li></ul><ul><li>How we run things (maintenance and support) and how we create new things (forward engineering) </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing, Engineering, Operations, Governance, Project Management Capabilities (non-technical), Cost Estimation and Tracking </li></ul>
  21. 21. Foundation Skills – Human Dynamics <ul><li>Skills associated with managing and influencing human elements associated with a complex effort or environment </li></ul><ul><li>Communications, Situational Awareness, Leadership </li></ul>
  22. 22. Specialization <ul><li>Must be based on the Foundation Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Must be deep enough and broad enough to be practiced from apprentice to master </li></ul><ul><li>Combination forms total architecture direction </li></ul>
  23. 23. Agenda <ul><li>The Architecture Profession </li></ul><ul><li>What is IASA? </li></ul><ul><li>Architect Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  24. 24. What you should be doing <ul><li>Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast </li></ul><ul><li>Start with project success and move up </li></ul><ul><li>Focus primarily on architect skills not architecture frameworks </li></ul>
  25. 25. Conclusion <ul><li>Get involved now not later </li></ul><ul><li>Start studying the skill set </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you’ve mastered one move on to the next </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find a successful architect to work with </li></ul><ul><li>Start publishing/contributing now </li></ul>
  26. 26. IASA Australia <ul><li>Country leaders: Daniel Piva, Pervez Kazmi, Paul Turner, Nigel Watson </li></ul><ul><li>Chapters to be setup in Melbourne and Sydney initially </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Steps: Chapters, community, and education </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>