Solution Architect

The Lead Solutions Architect works with user groups to solve business problems with available technology including hardware, software, databases, and peripherals. The Lead Solutions Architect works on problems of diverse scope and complexity ranging from moderate to substantial.
The Lead Solutions Architect is responsible for designing or determining the initial architecture design and solutioning of a proposed IT solution to solve a business need, and then vetting that design with business and IT stakeholders and driving to consensus on the proposed design. This architectural design will include services and interfaces that may reside within a single application or application domain, or it may cut across various applications and domains. Thus, the Solution Architect is also responsible for ensuring that the solution architecture is integrated with existing and planned application, domain, and enterprise architectures, and that it fits within the enterprise context.
If the solution is broad (cuts across many domains), the Solution Architect may need to stay involved with the project during the build phase, in order to coordinate and rationalize the various architecture approaches across the solution.
Solution Architects have a dual focus in their work:
A business focus, ensuring the solution meets the business requirements.
An enterprise focus, ensuring that the solution meets the enterprise requirements for reuse, compliance to standards, principles, traceability to enterprise reference models, and alignment with the target enterprise architecture vision.
Envision and outline technical solutions to business problems within/across domains, including appropriate design tradeoffs, build-vs-buy options, and cost/benefit analyses
Create and refine the conceptual architecture for the proposed solution.
Leverage industry and organizational standards, patterns, and best practices to develop architectures that fulfill business strategies.
Transfer architecture deliverables to project/delivery managers and/or application/domain architects, as appropriate for the project.
Involve the correct people to vet solutions.
Drive the vetting of solutions, ultimately leading the vetting group to a decision point on which solution to implement. Included in this is the decision of buy-versus-build.
Be responsible for the efficacy of the solution along with the BTL.
Ensure the solution is aligned to enterprise architectural principles and roadmap.
Explain, and advocate for, the roles of the various architects to business partners.
Identify opportunities for reuse of existing solutions and capabilities.
Stay current on business needs, strategy, and emerging technologies, including conducting independent research to support business needs and requirements.
Required Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a related field
At least six to eight years of progressive information technology experience directly related to architecture/engineering, information security, or other specialized technology field
Experience presenting complex information to an audience.
Familiarity with software development methodologies, standards, and architecture frameworks.
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