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Systems architect

Other possible titles

  • Information systems architect
  • Technology architect

Context

An information system only has value once data is circulating between users, allowing them to enhance their knowledge, efficiency and ability to innovate.

Systems are increasingly powerful, complex and heterogeneous, especially in a context of mergers, acquisitions and organizational restructuring. It is therefore necessary to have a systems architect to facilitate the exchange of corporate information both internally and externally.

Description

The systems architect is like a conductor who coordinates the various specialists who act on the information systems (IS) to ensure their proper operation. Their expertise is not just technical, as they have to transform the IS into a development and strategy tool. Beyond purely technical skills, systems architects require excellent knowledge about the various jobs in a company.

Main duties

  • Analyze the current system (operating systems, hardware, software, networks)
  • Map the IS
  • Select the new technologies while observing the various constraints (cost, time frame and security)
  • Draw up a development or integration plan
  • Pilot deployment
  • Inform and advise management on the technological and organizational impacts of the new IS

Degree

A bachelor's degree in computers or information systems is recommended.

The position of systems architect is generally intended for people with between five and 10 years' professional experience.

Skills

  • Perfectly understand how the company is managed
  • Have a systems, technological and global vision of information systems
  • Possess leading-edge technological skills (hardware, software, security, network, infrastructure, telecommunications, Internet)
  • Have experience in leading projects or a professional certification

Qualities

  • Analytical skills and ability to see the big picture
  • Good communication and teamwork skills
  • High degree of curiosity about new technologies
  • Ability to adapt
  • Negotiation and persuasion skills

Career path

Systems architects have a broad range of skills, which allow them to move into management by leading a computer department or an information systems branch.