Capability - Solution Architect / Strategy

The following is intended to give the recipient reviewing my details an understanding of the level of engagement and scope of work I would undertake based on my skills, experience and character trait. To provide an end to end solution or a specific area of focus from a solution architecture and strategic perspective and application as shown by the Landscape.

The organisations identified are actual companies I have engaged with providing architectural services as an independent contractor or full time consultant through independent IT service providers.

Solution Architect (SA) Role

The following points map my skills and experience for 5 hypothetical selection criteria based on a solution architect (SA) role which is typical for a large corporate environment.

SA1 Excellent influencing and engagement skills, able to develop strong relationships with senior stakeholders and promote compliance with relevant strategies, polices, legislation and architectural governance. 

ResponseAll of the work I have done either consulting and or permanent engagements as solution architect in effect require change or business transformation to happen to effectively deliver the end objective. This was evident in a number of engagements where either change of strategy / approach was required or adoption of particular method or use of technologies. A number of occurrences that relate to this include change in information / data migration approach to future target state (ASIC), consolidation of EDRMS technologies (Sydney Water), Solution design, concept (IAG)

SA2 Proven experience in program level architecture leadership in large scale complex business and technology landscapes;

ResponseAll of the organisations / projects I have worked on were large corporate / government organisations that utilized a broad range of technologies from current leading edge vendors ie IBM. Oracle, HP, Microsoft (Middleware etc) which required to be integrated with existing business systems. From an architecture perspective, solutions and implementation was always in accordance with architecture framework. Specific example of a particularly complex project includes definition of architectural framework to implement solution design and delivery for high volume transactional claims system at IAG which required meshing technologies together in line with architectural best practice and SOA designs. Also development and application integration practices using Agile and Waterfall approaches.

SA3 Understanding of Enterprise Architecture principles, especially related to Information Systems Architecture and SOA principles and associated middleware technology

ResponseHave utilized a number of architectural frameworks i.e. Zachman & TOGAF. I am TOGAF certified and have also been focused specifically on information / data centric solutions across the web, document management, transactional and data domains. This has mainly been in relation to specific solutions using vendor COTS middleware and integration using SOA design / principles. Focus on recent project (IAG) related to SOA web services design and integration with primary future state solution building blocks. Have also focused on full information life cycle approach from initial high value to low overhead, archival & retention management practices.

SA4 Demonstrated experience of at least 8 years in online solutions architecture and design and analysis in a complex and maturing technical environment.

ResponseI have over 15 years’ experience working in technology transformation domain in a solution / architectural role. The last 8 years which has been in a consultancy role which has given me exposure across a number of business sectors covering private and government enterprise. I have government security clearance to “Classified” and have worked with other government identities, ASIC, Sydney Water as well as private organisation Perceptive Software, IAG etc. The previous 9 years I worked with French telecommunications provider Alcatel as Solutions Architect rolling out their applications and information systems across the APAC region and worked on various technology transformation projects across Asia and Europe. 

SA5 Demonstrated experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary technical and business teams covering multiple domains.

ResponseMy consulting experience gives me an ability to quickly interpret and provide effective solutions relevant to the client or vendors being used as part of the solution

Introvert or Extravert

The character trait of an architect often requires a combination of operational modes whether its, solitude to find solutions to a problem, being collaborative to communicate ideas to "C" level executives or facilitating workshops with stakeholders its clear that a blend of introversion and extravert traits seem to be the ideal combination. In my experience people tend to be one or other, where in todays digital information space it may be perceived that extraverts have the upper hand, this can be debated but its obvious that both have a role to play, regardless of the initial tendencies of the persona, its really being able to have the ability to exhibit both traits as the situation demands.

Regardless of which tendency is dominant the following  video (19min) by Susan Cain at TEDx (http://on.ted.com/Cain) gives an interesting perspective from an introverts point of view.

March 2012