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So You Think You're An Architect

        posted by , May 16, 2011

Quite a few people are complaining about title inflation — the new army of IT Architects that seem to be popping up everywhere.

I believe this is a result of demand for architects — not substitution of titles in place of salary increases.

There are a few fundamental shifts in IT that are driving the need for architects:

- there is more demand for designers
- integration is a key challenge
- documentation is finally getting the recognition it deserves
- in the future developing will look like architecting does today

In short, the minions of IT — developers and testers will be replaced with new tools. Architect and SME will be the minimum entry point into IT.

Learning Curve

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
~ Pablo Picasso

Every accomplished architect started out as a quivering novice. Senior architects should remember this before complaining about the newbies.

Core Aptitudes

The core aptitude for solution architecture is a sense of design. If you have this — the requisite skills can be acquired.

enterprise architecture skills

The core aptitude for enterprise architecture is big picture thinking — EA does not tend to suit detail oriented personalities.

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