The technical progress in the IT field made the acronyms like UI, AWS, and CRM familiar to laymen. And they defined new meaning to the words – tools, cloud, and Architect. IT Architect is not someone who works on a construction site, he is different.
The terms Enterprise Architect and Technical Architect are often confused with one another. In this article, you will know what they are, what do they do, and how they differ.
What is an Enterprise Architect?
As the name suggests, Enterprise Architect works with the whole organization and business manager to define the organization’s goals. They draw the plan, roadmap for other architects and technicians. They have a whole view of the organization’s workings, capabilities, and potentials.
Among other architects, Enterprise Architect needs to have many skills and knowledge. He needs to have the basic technical knowledge to command the Solution and Technical architect. Though they face some technical questions and processes, they mostly concentrate on the big picture and the core technical works are handed to other architects.
Roles & Responsibilities:
In short, an Enterprise Architect is a business manager with technical knowledge. Here are the day-to-day roles and responsibilities of the Enterprise Architect.
- Analyzing the trends in related fields and suggesting the change to the higher authorities.
- Planning the way to overcome the gap between the particular and its practical applications
- Evaluating and assessing IT products or solutions to meet the standards and goals of the organization.
What is Technical Architect?
Technical Architect is the person who gives the technical solution to the problems addressed. He will not involve in the managerial process. And in many cases, he leads and manages the technology delivery process. The Technical Architect will have a detailed and deep understanding of the technical concepts.
Roles & Responsibilities:
In short, Technical Architect is a developer who understands the needs of the business and implementation of needs. Here are the roles and responsibilities of the Technical architect.
- Identify the needs and requirements (software and hardware) to develop a particular solution.
- Allocating the workload to the technical teams and organizing them.
- Managing the process and reporting the completion result to the managers within the time provided.
- Coordinating with other project managers and solution architects to help them plan future infrastructure.
Difference between Enterprise Architect and Technical Architect:
In many organizations both personnel work and duties are co-related and both of them work in each other shoes. Though it is hard to differentiate them, please find below some basic differences between them.
|Decision Makers – with a basic technical and broad strategic view.
|TechGurus – experts with high technical knowledge.
|Focus on enforcing standards. Involves planning and managing items like data diagrams, guidelines, and process flows.
|Focus on the specific technical area and implementation of technology to meet the organizational needs.
Area of Work
|Decides which problem needs a solution and allocates it to a Technical Architect or solution architect
|Works within the solution and solves the problem.
|Bachelor or master degree in computer engineering and bachelor degree or equal experience in business management
|Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and expertise in a specific area.
|Knowledge of the current IT and technological trends and awareness against the competitors and external environment needs.
|Profound programming and core technical knowledge on specific or various streams.
|Good communication and executive leadership skills to get skate holders and other technical experts on board.
|Technical ability to find the solution for the assigned problem and interpersonal skills to work with the team under high pressure.
|Communicates with higher management (CXO level) like the CEO, CTO, business vendors to make decisions and command all the IT architects of the organization.
|Communicates with an internal team of experts to implement the solution and report to the enterprise architect.
|Expected Career Growth
|6% in the next 10 years
|5% in the next 10 years
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There is no ranking between the Enterprise Architect and Technical Architect. Both positions are important for an organization to work smoothly. If you are a small company with minimum organization work then you can hire one person to handle both the Enterprise and Technical Architect duties.