Many view enterprise architecture as an IT-only issue. In many cases, it is important that the enterprise architecture group speak in both business and IT terms. EA should be neutral in their functions. Page 1 of 20A Day in the life of an Enterprise Architect2/18/2016(d=printer).aspx
How this Article is StructuredThis article will walk you through the life of an Enterprise Architect. To do so, we will surface the following aspects of the role:·The Role of an EA– In this section we will talk about what it means to be an enterprise architect. The skills and the responsibilities that are required to be an EA.·How EA’s are Different– We will contrast with various other roles to give a clearer picture of how EA’s fit within the architecture landscape·The Tools they Use– We will get an understanding of what tools are needed in an EA function. A scenario will also be given to understand the importance of “connected” EA tooling.·How They Make Decisions – We will dive into what happens in the mind of an EA when making complex decisions.·How they Fit into the Organization– We will show where EA’s fit into the organization and how they influence our processes and decisions. ·Challenges they Face– In this section we will talk about the challenges that EA’s face on a daily basis.Additionally, we have collected quotes specifically for this article. They come from the two largest software companies in the world, Microsoft and IBM. Both IBM and Microsoft have significant impact, interest and experience in this area. The Role of an Enterprise ArchitectOn a daily basis, an EAs activities can change quickly and dramatically. For the sake of this article, we will not go into organizational models of enterprise architecture organizations. Instead, we will explore the role and responsibilities of an enterprise architect. Understanding the role of an enterprise architect will help us understand the challenges an EA faces on a daily basis.Figure 1. Enterprise Architecture as defined by Gartner (Click on the picture for a larger image)Shown above is Gartner’s definition of enterprise architecture. Unfortunately, this in one of many; there is no consistent set of definitions for enterprise architecture, which leads to further confusion in the industry. For the sake of this article, we will use Gartner’s definition as our interpretation of enterprise architecture.There are a broad range of essential skills that every EA should have. Obviously, an EA must be well-educated in technology. Ideally, EAs should come from a highly technical background. Even though enterprise architects deal with many other factors besides technology, it is still important to keep technical skills fresh. Engaging on projects at a micro level of detail can serve as a great refresher from time to time.