Design Your Enterprise Architecture Career

Design Your Enterprise Architecture Career

In this blog, we distinguish the need to set your foundation and choose your path in your career.

Designing a career for yourself should include mastering the most basic skills an EA has in his or her tool kit. Your company made you an architect—now what do you do? You are most likely to going to dive in and take whatever assignments are sent your way. In no time flat, you will have missed the opportunity to make this a great career by design. Time will fly by; projects and initiatives will come and go.

Other than your new job description and a list of generic education requirements, no clear qualifications for the IT architect exist. Some certification programs are improving their lists of skills and activities the architect will possess upon completion, but most programs are technology-, methodology-, or framework-specific and cannot be applied universally as a standard.

People who create their own success ensure they know what they need to do to succeed. What if you knew now which skills and knowledge you should focus on so as not to waste your time? What if you had the foresight to plan not only how you would gain this knowledge, but also to plot a journey in excellence for yourself and your career?

Make your ground floor rock solid and enjoy the ride!

Why must a great EA have a solid foundation in information technology?

  • Possessing firsthand project experience in the trenches is key to understanding how all of the pieces fit together and the art of the possible.
  • Proven, deep skills in one of the core domain architecture areas—business, data, solutions, and technology—are almost a prerequisite for excellence in enterprise architecture.
  • Respect from your peers for your judgment, abilities, contributions, and teamwork goes a long way toward the leadership you will need to exhibit.
  • Track record in superior quality solution creation, project development, and management gives you the depth and un-derstanding you’ll need to create viable architectures.
  • Practical understanding of many facets of your industry and the methodologies and processes used in the various technology and business domains allows you to be empathetic to the requirements and needs of all who will contribute and use the architecture.

Be sure to check out my next blog post to get the next step in designing your enterprise architecture career.

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