The success of each individual software project is dependent on different people performing various roles and responsibilities within a single team. It is much more than simply developers writing code. It is actually the synergy of a product owner, technical lead, business analyst, QA manager, UI/UX expert co-working with various software developers that help to make the development process possible. However, there’s one role that is often neglected or perhaps misunderstood — the role of a solutions architect.
This post has a purpose to shed some light on solutions architect roles and responsibilities within a larger context of a team.
What is a Solutions Architect?
A solutions architect (also known as a solution architect) is in charge of introducing and leading the general vision for a particular solution within an organization; they are typically part and parcel of a solution development team. A solutions architect is a person who maintains an equilibrium of business and technical expertise. A person holding this office can see and explain how technical decisions can influence business outcomes. The shared insights of this person are taken on board by the rest of the development team to implement the solution. Therefore, solution architecture helps to design and envision such a solution that can resolve specific business needs.
A solutions architect stands between two worlds as it were the technological world and business world with task to create solutions for business problems. They must rely on many other key players of the development team. Solutions architects have to unpack a complex problem in simple terms before the management team and do so in simple terms. Therefore, they have to be experts both in technological advancement and business development to paint a picture of what a product can look like in real life.
Solutions Architect’s Role and Responsibilities
The solutions architect’s role entails various responsibilities which relate to general and specific business objectives. Here’s a list of some core responsibilities shared by this job title:
- Having an upper hand on the technological environment and know-how.
- Studying enterprise-specific details and making sure all the functional requirements of a future product are understood and adhered to.
- Choosing the right type of information technology.
- Making a solution prototype.
- Exercising the process of solution management.
- Managing the whole project management and backing it up actively.
A project manager is answerable to a solution architect. They are actually working in close cooperation to make sure that all the projects are in sync with the overall project’s objectives.
Additionally, such a position requires at least 8 years of experience in one or more IT spheres:
- Software architecture design and engineering
- Cloud development, infrastructure, information technology architecture
- Business analysis
- Project and product management (a key role in software development).
The solutions architect position presupposes many skills that are basically similar to a successful leadership role. Yes, such a person should possess various technical skills. However, communication is also a must such a title job. Such a person should be able to handle both technical issues and be a fine communicator on a personal level.