The architect title is used extensively in the IT industry, with jobs varying significantly in scope and responsibilities. Collectively the Architect team is responsible for developing, maintaining and governing the ICT solutions across the organization, and for making sure they meet the current and emerging needs of the business. They do this in consultation with key stakeholders in the organization.
Architects typically specialize in a particular technology (e.g. networks), using their technical expertise to analyze the organization’s current systems and develop recommendations that reduce costs or increase productivity, or they might be deployed on projects to design solutions to specific problems. Essentially they are change agents who are skilled in evaluating new technologies and leading the move towards it.
Most IT Architects are accomplished developers and depending on their level of responsibility or seniority, they may design and program system changes personally, or they may provide technical leadership to the development team.
- Assess business and technical needs
- Conduct research and provide advice regarding selection and implementation of IT products
- Lead design of architecture for, and integration of, new and upgraded ICT solutions
- Provide technical leadership to designers and developers.
Potential Next Steps
IT Project Manager, IT Programme Manager, Chief Technology Officer, Business Analyst (PPM Pathway).
How to get there
AXELOS professional certifications are recognized worldwide by employers as an indicator of your skills and commitment as an ITSM professional.
The following certifications are aimed at practicing IT Architect and will support your development into more senior ITSM roles: