A technical architect acts as a liaison between the upper management of a company and the designers and developers who work on the company’s information technology (IT) needs. The technical architect must anticipate and identify these IT needs and design a solution, and they must make sure the solution works as efficiently as possible for all parties involved. It also is possible for technical architects to specialize in a specific part of an IT framework, such as security. However, most technical architects are responsible for improving end-user experience or ensuring a company’s internal digital framework works smoothly.
A technical architect usually works a standard 40 hour work week, but high-priority deadlines may require weekend or evening work. Depending the type of company in which one works, a technical architect may be called upon to travel to meet clients or may do all their work in an office.
Technical Architect Tasks
Determine technical needs such as hardware, software, scalability and security requirements.
Coordinate design and integration of overall architecture and parts of proposed systems with clients.
Translate business needs to develop solutions from design to technological product.
Oversee developer teams to ensure that product is delivered on time and to specifications.