This presentation was created for the SATURN conference series and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
As you navigate a software technology-oriented organization, as
either an end user or a vendor, you often encounter many quite senior
people with the word “architect” in their job title. Software
architects, enterprise architects, data architects, systems architects,
solutions architects, infrastructure architects…the list goes on and
on. You quickly realize that these people can’t all be doing the same
job, and this realization is reinforced as you meet the people
concerned and often find that they have quite different skills,
responsibilities, and interests.
In this talk, I hope to
shed some light on this confusing landscape by sharing my thoughts on
the fundamental types of architectural activity that are found in the
modern enterprise. I will identify the main types of architects that
you encounter in different organizations in terms of their
responsibilities, the tasks they undertake, the tools and techniques
they are likely to find useful in their work, and the way their roles
typically relate to one another. Identifying those things should make
the situation a little clearer and improve communication between
practitioners and researchers, as we aim to refine and improve the
state of software architecture practice.software architecture practice.