So You Think You're An Architectposted by Anna Mar, 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 CurveI 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 AptitudesThe core aptitude for solution architecture is a sense of design. If you have this — the requisite skills can be acquired.
The core aptitude for enterprise architecture is big picture thinking — EA does not tend to suit detail oriented personalities.
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