How to Become a Enterprise Architectposted by Anna Mar, August 14, 2012
So you want to be a Enterprise Architect? Here are the 8 steps that will get you there.
1. Confirm it's right for youEnterprise Architecture is a difficult profession that's demanding in more ways than one:
it's highly political
requires a great deal of general knowledge about business and IT
requires highly tuned soft skills
There's nothing worse (from a career perspective) than getting into a field that doesn't match your personality, abilities and interests. Consider it carefully before taking the jump.
2. Get some experienceEnterprise architects are generally senior IT staff. You need experience in several of the following areas:
security architect / analyst
business management (e.g. operations management)
Enterprise Architecture has a broad scope — so it's best to get experience in as many areas as possible.
3. Learn TOGAF inside outTake a TOGAF course and pass the certification. TOGAF provides a comprehensive view of enterprise architecture. It's important to learn enterprise architecture by the book first — later when you're an experienced EA you'll be able to break many of these rules.
4. Learn the businessEnterprise architecture is far more business aligned than most IT professions. It's important to understand your industry from a business perspective. Ideally, it's good to have business experience in multiple industries.
5. Become an IT leaderEnterprise architecture requires leadership skills. It's important to gain experience leading before stepping into an EA job.
6. Find a mentorEngage the EA department at your company and try to find a mentor.
7. Ask for EA workIf you want something you need to ask for it. Enterprise architecture teams are often overloaded with work. If you ask, your organization's EA team might have some work for you.
8. Land the jobIf you've gained all the experience you need it's time to land an EA job. Be sure that you have required the experience to answer questions like these.
If you've been diligent in your preparations it should be a breeze.
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