When you talk to many folks in the industry about the role of an architect in an organization, very often the conversation switches to a development focus. Things like "architects are the folks that design the applications our developers write" or "architects ensure the developed applications meet company standards", and so on. The reality is that there are many different types of architects out there - enterprise architects, solutions architects, infrastructure architects and many more. In fact, Microsoft has recognized architects as a category of individuals within the ICT industry and has certifications available for messaging architects, solutions architects, database architects, and also infrastructure architects.
As technical professionals you may be interested in looking into what it means to be an architect and if this is a growth path for you and your career. Last year another team within Microsoft Canada that we work very closely with held a Web Cast series for aspiring architects that was attended by over 1200 individuals and covered a number of strategies that can help developers and IT professionals to transition to the architect roles. The Aspiring Architect Series 2008 builds on last year’s content and covers a number of topics that are important for architects to understand.
Check out in the 2007 Aspiring Architect Webcast Series to see what was covered, and then plan to attend one or more of the sessions of the 2008 Aspiring Architect Webcast Series:
We are hopeful that you will find the upcoming series to be a very useful investment of your time.