Technical Architects, otherwise known as I.T architects are the people that lead the strategic and technical direction of projects, both software and hardware, to create technical solutions that are scalable, dependable, functional and adaptable. These professionals possess a wealth of technical and business experience and make high level decisions by identifying what technologies, products, and programming languages are going to be used to create the solution. Fundamentally they ensure that all parts of a project run smoothly.Technical architects have a good working knowledge of technologies such as UNIX, Oracle, SQL Server and TCP/IP and are well versed with one or more programming languages. They spend a lot of time liaising with people from different backgrounds, from management to designers and programmers in the IT department in order to achieve the project's goals. The career as a technical architect are not entry-level roles for computer science graduates and one can break into these roles after gaining many years of experience in the I.T. sector. At an entry level one can start off as applications architect or a solutions architect before progressing to a technical architect's role.Some of the work responsibilities of a technical architect are:
- Identifying the organization's needs and breaking down large scale projects into manageable chunks
- Working out which IT products to use based on cost benefit analysis and research
- Agreeing plans for the system's structure with the client
- Explaining to designers and developers what's required and overseeing the progress
- Produce a detailed technical design document to match the solution design specifications
- Provide Customer Training as required
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Technical architects design information systems to be implemented according to an organization's goals, needs and objectives. As a result of increasing product complexity, project size, distributed teams technical architect roles are coming to surface. With a vision to ensure the overall integrity and critical characteristics of systems and development process, technical architects assist in building durable system architectures.Technical architects may work in IT consultancies, public service organizations, government departments, financial institutions and utility companies, so there are a wide variety of areas you could chose to work in. The growth path usually depends on the size of the company, but it could go up as developer, senior developer, principal developer (Architects) and senior architects.The average annual salary of technical architects is in the range of INR 13.0 lacs p.a to 15 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
Bachelor's degree programs with introductory courses in software and programming languages, such as C++ is a must educational requirement for Technical Architects. Employers usually seek a degree in computer sciences or computer engineering, information management systems, software development or business information systems.Staying up to date with the latest changes in software and technology that's relevant to the business or clients is a pre requisite for most employers in this field.
Valued Traits & Abilities
Every business has IT needs that are unique to its industry. Technical Architects are those who have the ability to define a business's current problems and future goals from a technological standpoint. The opportunities vary by industry or by the scope of the project to be tackled. Some work within companies and some are hired as outside consultants. They help understand how to utilize the technology standards of the organization to meet their needs for this solution. Technical Architects can be employed in public service organizations, government departments, utility companies, financial institutions or in consultancies.There are different roles and titles in which Technical Architects work and some of these are:
They are assigned to a particular project or programme in an enterprise to ensure technical integrity and consistency of the solution on every stage of its life-cycle. They are usually hired when technology-related risks are perceived as being significant. Solutions Architects leverages all the tools and design principles delivered to make each solution a success within the larger framework.
As name suggests an EA looks after the whole enterprise aligning a business's strategic vision with its information technology. He is instrumental in connecting different business units for synergistic communication and collaboration, creating a more seamless customer (or end-user) experience.
They design and standardize an organization's infrastructure, providing strategic coordination as well as tactical governance. Infrastructure architect uses their mastery of network, computing platform and operations to guide the organization to valuable investments in hardware and platform.
- Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.
- Collabera Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
- Subex Ltd.
- Aris Global
- Alcatel - Lucent