Role of EA :
The Enterprise architect can develop a systems architecture and technology plan that will support and advance the business strategy.
These are important features of EA and skills to improve revenue-managing decisions, achieve multiple business goals, address current and future business needs and unbiased understanding of technology and industry challenges. Here are some interesting article about Architects basic things
Experienced Track record :
Most organizations look for an EA with the experience of delivering large, impactful solutions that enable management to achieve multiple business goals.
"Should have demonstrated experience working with executives to understand what's important to running the business"
Distinctive ideology :
An EA should be searching for new ways to use the latest technologies to address current and future business needs.
"The combination of curiosity and problem-solving skills result in solving real business problems"
The most important need of an EA is deep technical knowledge, particularly in essential and rapidly evolving areas such as networks, virtualization, clouds and automation tools.
"Broad knowledge will ensure that the architect has the experience to make recommendations about technologies or solutions of the organization to be solved"
Hands-on experience in Coding:
Most EA considers themselves as senior IT experts with years of experience; but, with software-defined infrastructures and continuous delivery practices in IT, more businesses are looking for EA to have strong coding abilities.
"EAs can have a greater impact if they lead by example through being more hands-on with coding"
Understanding Business needs :
Businesses are looking for EA to have deep knowledge of the primary technical stack and surrounding and understand and address business leaders' needs issues.
"An enterprise architect must have a keen business knowledge of cutting-edge technology awareness"
A key goal of EA is to bring all their skills to create new revenue-generating opportunities with a minimal total cost of ownership and cost avoidance.
"The wrong choices may end up costing a lot to the enterprise, so EA must pay close attention to key metrics, time-to-market indicators for key revenue-generating activities"
Unbiased decision skills:
Having an open mind that embraces promising new trends enables an enterprise architect to the unbiased understanding of technology and industry challenges and create strategic direction upon it.
"We, as humans, are naturally wired for bias, and this stems from our past experiences and environment"
Important Objectives :
The EA's basic task is to understand the challenges the enterprise is facing. The next step is identifying all of the stakeholders who will be affected or influenced by the upcoming changes and then holding objective conversations with all of the parties.
"Clearly understanding the issues in a path forward with good communication, leadership, and technical teams is the main aim of enterprise architecture"
EA should have optimistic, open-minded, and motivated for handling and managing the technicalities and revenue-managing decisions.
"Soft skills are more difficult to find, since they're unique to each individual’s personality and can't be obtained through typical skills acquisition methods"