chief architect (chief IT architect)

A chief architect is an individual responsible for leading a team of enterprise architects to build products, craft solutions and sync information technology frameworks across an organization's business units.

In information technology (IT), a chief architect is a c-level executive whose job is to look closely at how IT functions can be centralized so that departments across the company can work together seamlessly. The chief architect may also be called the enterprise architect (EA).

Infrastructure design can have a big effect on the performance of an IT organization, and the chief architect plays a critical role in building or buying the technology that will help an enterprise meet its business goals. To that end, the chief architect is responsible for solving integration problems and
synching technology frameworks across the organization's business units.

The role of every architect in IT is directly related to the added complexities of information technologyand the need for a top-down approach to managing and sharing data and processes. The chief architect role requires a wealth of both process and technical knowledge about network services, security, storage, data management and service delivery. Depending upon the organization, the chief architect may oversee and coordinate the efforts of other technology-specific architects, including the chief security architect, the chief data architect, the chief mobile architect and the chief cloud architect.

This was first published in September 2014

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