Solutions architects are responsible for mapping the technical requirements to business needs, and ensuring they meet the architectural demands of the organization. They handle all systems solutions, including those geared towards human resources, supply chains, product life cycles and customer relations. These candidates create comprehensive suites that are adaptable and align with the needs of each client. Solutions architects work closely with functional analysts and development teams to execute the overall vision into a usable solution. They convert the requirements into a design and architecture that represents the blueprint that others on the development team follow to create system solutions. Solutions architects are responsible for conducting testing research on different aspects of the technology to ensure it works with the overall system solution. They also identify the interdependencies of the project, system and infrastructure, and balance the demands to reach project deliverables timeframes.
Ideal candidates must have in-depth knowledge of various computing platforms and be able to work with the software and hardware of each. They will manage projects, which requires written and oral communication skills. Solutions architects are in high demand in nearly all fields, ranging from government positions to those with small and large organizations. The ability of solutions architects to address the needs of both the organization and the clients makes them an integral part of system development teams. The need for candidates in this field is expected to grow by 30% in the coming years, making it an ideal area of expertise for those with computer science degrees and IT skills.
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