Chief information technology (IT) architects are responsible for the IT infrastructure of an organization. They lead the development and delivery of strategic technology solutions that fit the business' needs. Additionally, they are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating business systems and user needs. Chief IT architects work closely with a variety of product and business owners to help understand and clarify business requirements. Additionally, they collaborate with other teams and architects in their organization. Another responsibility of theirs is helping guide technology investments at many different levels in an organization. Chief architects' work hours may vary, and they usually work indoors in an office setting; however, this may vary by organization.
Chief architect must have strong architecture and design skills, as these are the primary skill that they rely on. They need to be knowledgeable about performance tuning and scalability, as well as have experience leading and mentoring junior developers. It is essential that chief architects have some experience estimating capacity and work effort needed for IT tasks. A wide degree of creativity is expected in this job, as is an excellent understanding of software development and the ability to write code in at least one programming language. Chief IT architects generally have at least a technology- or business-related bachelor's degree (such as business administration, computer information systems, and computer science). A master's degree generally is preferred. Chief architects usually need at least 10 years of technology architectural design and planning experience across a variety of technology. At least five years of management experience may be preferred.
Chief Architect, IT 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.