In information technology (IT), a chief architect is an individual who is responsible for leading a team that builds software products, solves integration problems and syncs technology frameworks across an organization's business units.
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 technology to fit into the enterprise's IT blueprint. The chief architect looks closely at how IT functions can be centralized so that departments across the company can work seamlessly together.
The chief architect role requires a wealth of both process and technical knowledge. There are many facets of IT architecture, including:
- Business architecture
- Information system/technology architecture
- Data architecture
- Security architecture
- Architectural governance
- IT shared services
Enterprise organizations typically incorporate more than one IT-related chief architect in their c-suite. A chief architect may also be referred to as a chief security architect, chief data architect, chief cloud architect or chief software architect.