Data architects are responsible for the design, structure, and maintenance of data, usually organized in a relational database. A data architect ensures the accuracy and accessibility of data relevant to an organization or a project. The management and organization of data is highly technical and requires advanced skills with computers and proficiency with data-oriented computer languages such as SQL and XML.
A successful data architect must possess superior analytical skills and be detail-oriented. Data architects require the ability to communicate effectively, as they typically are part of a larger team within an information technology department. Additionally, a data architect likely needs to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical staff. Since development of data models and logical workflows is common, a data architect must also exhibit advanced visualization skills, as well as creative problem-solving.
For most positions in data architecture, a bachelor's degree in a computer science-related field is required; an advanced degree usually is preferred. Most data architects are employed by a company or educational institution for management of large amounts of internal data and information structures. Most of the work is performed on a computer, either at a desk in an office or on-site; therefore, data architects must be able to sit for extended periods of time. Data architects often work more than 40 hours a week, troubleshooting problems or meeting deadlines, especially during critical phases of projects.
Data Architect Tasks
- Collaborate with the business and other IT organizations to plan a data strategy.
- Produce all project data architecture deliverables.
- Create and maintain a corporate repository of all data architecture artifacts.
- Create data architecture strategies for each subject area of the enterprise data model.
- Communicate plans, status and issues to higher management levels.