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
Create data architecture strategies for each subject area of the enterprise data model.
Communicate plans, status and issues to higher management levels.
Create and maintain a corporate repository of all data architecture artifacts.
Collaborate with the business and other IT organizations to plan a data strategy.
Produce all project data architecture deliverables.