|What Do Solution Architects Do? - The Basics|
|Written by John Critchley|
|Monday, 08 January 2007 17:17|
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A Solution Architect is usually engaged as a member of a project team, where their fundamental project responsibilities will include:
Therefore, the Solution Architect translates business need to a coherent & feasible technical design that can then used by constructors to build the solution.
The parallels with the architect role in the Civil Engineering construction industry are obvious. All key stakeholders in building a new apartment block, skyscraper, etc., require a blueprint to ensure the client gets what they want, the project manager can estimate the building costs & completion times effectively, and the various contractors are building to a cohesive design, avoiding unexpected incompatibilities.
Likewise, Solution Architects include in their design all elements of construction & function that will guide key stakeholders in their decision-making.
Solution Architects are also responsible for ensuring that the 'materials' that will be used in construction are up to the job they're being designed for. This means that architects will: