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Enterprise Architect Job Description

Provide strategic direction, guidance notes, position papers and design principles to the ICT department. Ensure close alignment between business objectives, ICT design principles and solutions. Use models and architectural frameworks to identify key relationships and gaps between business objectives, process and ICT systems. Deliver roadmaps that enhance operational efficiency and provide visionary guidance for project solutions.

EA Domain Role Descriptions

Enterprise Architect roles are generally aligned to logical groups of services known as domains. Because these domains can be intrinsically complex, EA practitioners' career skills sets are generally aligned to one or two domains only.
The five EA domains include;

  1. Business architecture: Describes behavior at the business layer including information flows, processes, roles and work practices that impact business objectives and capabilities. EA practitioners who specialize in business architecture are almost solely involved with business practices and can have little/no computer systems focus.
  2. Data architecture: Describes data structures used by business processes or systems. This domain facilitates and enhances intra and inter systems communications for storage and transmission. Roles within this domain are closely related to software development and applications.
  3. Applications architecture: Maps applications and business capabilities to describe how systems interact within the organization. This domain should provide mappings between users, systems, platforms and business functions. This domain is also closely related to software development and applications.
  4. Information architecture: A hybrid between Data and Applications architecture that facilitates the modeling of data structures as they relate to business applications and capabilities.
  5. Technical architecture: Often called Infrastructure architecture, this domain describes the behavior of infrastructure platforms and the business systems that they support. This domain is primarily concerned with end nodes (workstations), servers, networks and storage solutions and the role that this infrastructure plays in supporting business systems. Roles within this domain have a strong focus on IT infrastructure and hardware.

Duties

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  • Shape the design architecture based on strategic business and operating models.
  • Develop principles, strategies and frameworks.
  • Ensure standards and framework compliance across the business.
  • Develop and maintain strategic and technology roadmaps.
  • Develop and maintain a strategic vision for the delivery of ICT based on key business drivers.
  • Provide advice and consultancy on strategy to management team.
  • Liaise with solutions architects to develop design standards.
  • Produce models to describe the artifacts, principles, frameworks and strategy.
  • Lead the development of capabilities in all facets of strategic and tactical implementation from conception to post deployment.
  • Provide cross project architectural governance that includes identifying relevant strategy, policy and roadmaps.
  • Monitor and report on project compliance and alignment to ICT strategy.
  • Provide expert consultancy in the development of programs of work and capital budget allocation.
  • Liaise with engineers and technology experts to ascertain system functional capacity, constraints and support lifecycles.
  • Model and assess the organizations' baseline Architecture.
  • Influencing
  • Strategic Insight
  • Communications
  • Leading Others
  • Developing Self and/or others
  • Financial proprietary

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


Employer Demand Skill
83% The ability to produce, manipulate, implement or enhance Enterprise Architecture concepts, roadmaps, principles or effective strategies.
58% Broad knowledge of business process including disaster recovery, business continuity and risk management.
54% Demonstrated ability to communicate and influence at all levels.
46% 10 years+ of IT industry experience.
42% Develop and guide the implementation of business aligned IT strategic plans
29% Demonstrated knowledge of EA frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman or FEAF.
21% Knowledge and understanding of corporate policy and business strategy.
21% The ability to think laterally and constructively question established process.
17% 15 years+ of IT industry experience.
8% Knowledge and understanding of business process, objectives, milestones and structure.
4% The ability to identify and describe the relationship between artifacts. Artifacts are a description of a collection of entities that describe an enterprise. These entities include business functions, business process, organizational structure, business systems, computing capabilities and technical infrastructure.

Qualifications


Employer Demand Qualification
38% Degree
29% TOGAF
17% Zachman

Salary

The following salary indicators were found for this role;

Role Roles Not Requesting a Degree Roles Requesting a Degree Top End
Enterprise Architect Salary TBA TBA TBA
Contract Rates TBA N/A

Able to develop and defend forward thinking strategy that complies with a complex set of requirements and inputs that may sometimes appear to contradict each other. For example growth vs cost saving.

This role bridges the gap between business and the role that ICT systems play in the delivery business objectives. For this reason, it provides an opportunity for ICT professionals to influence the productivity of the business by enhancing or refining the ICT systems that support it. This type of influence can be very rewarding and offer significant job satisfaction.

Because the role carries significant influence in terms of strategic direction, staff may experience pressure or resistance from colleagues who may have a more narrow worldview based on their particular expertise or different motivators based on pressures within their particular departments. In other words, a holistic view to a solution can often contradict a solution to a specific problem. It is important that an open process be implemented when creating strategy and policy in order to avoid this type of social and political pressure on Enterprise Architects.

There are strong indicators that knowledge and understanding of business process is central to the majority of employer's requirements for this role. However, it should be noted that the extensive experience requirements are assumed to be within the IT industry. Therefore it stands to reason that the complete profile that employers seek is a highly experienced IT professional with excellent knowledge of business.

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