Solution Architect…What is that?

Posted on 07/10/2008. Filed under: Software Architecture |

I have read many varied views for the need and use of a solution architect in the project solution space. Some may argue why do we need one, while other (who have seen the value) will not attempt a new project without a solution architect.

Here are some links to explain what a solution architect is and where he / she fits in:

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Solution Architect…What is that?”

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Hello louwfouche,

Good work on posting these links to shed light on the role of a Solution Architect.

You are right that many companies want to Solution Architects for their projects. In short, a Solution Architect is a senior resource who provides technical and business leadership to implement technical solutions for a client. Generally, a solution consists of enhanced business processes coupled with some kind of a technology to add efficiency and cost effectiveness to a client’s current business process.

From a technical point of view, a Solution Architect gathers requirements and develops Solution Overview. Upon gaining sign-off on the Solution Overview, a Solution Architect generates the data migration plans, configuration designs, integration plans (with in-house systems) and then the site activation plans. While developing these plans, the Architect also offers leadership in alleviating technical and non-technical challenges.

A successful Solution Architect gains project buy-in through Change Management practices by regularly monitoring resistance posed by a client’s employees and identifying ways to align goals and then getting the client’s team to work coherently. Thus a Solution Architect also concentrates on acquiring executive endorsement, developing communication strategies and generating training plans to ensure that the project not only implements technically but also gains necessary user adoption.

Regards,

Amit Chandan
Solution Architect
http://amitison.wordpress.com/

Hallo Amit,

You nail it right on the head. As I read your comment it feels like I’m reading my own word / thoughts, I guess great minds think alike..:)

Louw


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