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What if there were no architects in IT?

        posted by , December 06, 2011

It's hard to deny — there's been a rapid proliferation of architects in IT: business architects, enterprise architects, security architects, technology architects, data architects, application architects, solution architects etc.

These architecture job titles didn't exist 20 years ago. Today, many IT organizations have hundreds of architects. Is it time to reconsider the role of IT architects?

Skin in the game

Architecture roles are often defined in such a way that architects are responsible for design but not implementation.

Is the separation of design and implementation responsibilities a mistake?

A flat organizational structure for architecture

Design and implementation of technology takes place at the enterprise, business vertical and business horizontal levels.

A world without IT architects might look something like this.

enterprise architecture organization

Under this organizational model, a architecture council manages enterprise architecture. Team leaders manage solution architectures. The potential benefit of this model is that everyone in the organization is responsible for delivery.

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