What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Solutions Architect in Seattle:
"Solution Architecture, everyone is doing it these days."
Beware those who know it all. You will be competing with managers, team leaders and everyone else who knows it better than you. People don't always respect the amount of learning and experience that is required to do this type of job.
Solutions Architect in Portland:
"Get a defined Role and Responsibilities."
Solutions Architect is a vague title if there is no defined job description. At some point you need to facilitate the conversation that defines your role and responsibility to the company.
Being a more technical solutions architect a valuable skill is to be able to understand the different levels of business and the needs of information at each level. To be able to communicate concisely to higher level leadership is paramount to success.
The stress level will be less for this position if their are defined responsibilities. The benefit of this position is to be able to connect the different levels of the business and have the flexibility to learn different lines of business and how they relate to other business lines.
Solutions Architect in Atlanta:
"The 3 most important lessons you've never been taught."
1. A Company's job is to make money from you.
2. Debt isn't bad. Bad Debt is Bad.
3. Loyalty doesn't pay.