Enterprise architects creating new opportunities for business growth

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Enterprise architecture is one of the fastest growing fields in the technology jobs market. It has a broad reach and, working closely with the CIO, it influences decisions regarding current technologies and future investment. 

Gartner research predicts that by 2020,

  • 55% of organisations will have a continuous and integrated business and IT strategy planning effort
  • 75% of the heads of EA will be key strategic business and technology advisors for at least one CxO
  • 80% of successful organisations will rely on EA to orchestrate digital business ecosystems and digital platforms

Architects play a key role in driving the innovation strategy as they are responsible for evaluating and recommending hardware, cloud, data, digital, applications, and network and security systems. As the technology industry continues to expand to provide new and disruptive solutions including AI, IoT, augmented reality and autonomous vehicles, architecture teams are expanding and roles are becoming more specialised. It’s not uncommon for a technology team in a large financial services company to have Enterprise Architects with a team of Infrastructure, Integration, Data, Network, Security, Digital, Applications Architects reporting to them.

There are also significant changes occurring in the way businesses engage with technology teams that will directly affect the skills Lead Enterprise Architects (EAs) and their teams need to develop. It is therefore predicted that we will soon see a shift to “business outcome driven” EA teams as they become critical advisors. Architecture teams will transform to consider business opportunities, threats and execution challenges first. To achieve this shift in thinking, the skills of a Lead EA will need to expand. Lead EAs must have a strong understanding of a business ecosystem, business model innovation and knowledge of customer behaviours. They will also require a strong understanding of existing systems and technology together with digital and emerging technologies.

If this is a change that you are currently experiencing in your organisation or if you would like to discuss this talent market, please get in touch. It will be good to hear from you.