A computer software/hardware architect is deeply involved in the development and design of new software or hardware. They consider and analyze what the client or company wants and determine variables such as project cost, stability, and usability. Additionally, they generate reports on project progress, analysis, and testing to present to the client. Architects may also be involved in the documentation of design specifications and installation instructions for a project.
Computer software/hardware architect may perform in a supervisory role, act as project leader, and/or participate as a team. In a leadership role, architects need to establish project plans and goals, as well as provide in-depth knowledge and support to less experienced team members. As leaders, they must advise the client of the cost and feasibility of a project and exercise good decision-making skills. It is important for architects to stay on top of relevant technological advancements so they can continue to develop new software and/or hardware that meets or exceeds the expectations of the client.
These professionals typically need postsecondary education that includes courses in business management, computer science or engineering, design, database management, and mathematics. Typically, positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and employers often may require a master’s degree. A minimum of five years experience in a related field is required, while some positions ask for as much as 15 to 20 years. These positions may also require various levels of security clearance, including top secret.
Architect (Computer Software, Hardware) Tasks
- Design new information technology systems.
- Ensure architectural integrity and consistency across the entire product.
- Conceive, experiment with, and present architectural approaches for information technology and systems, including software, hardware, and processes, in support of business needs.