What is a strategic architect?

The strategic architect is part of the Project Management Office, responsible for the development and implementation of the enterprise architecture. The strategic architect provides support, guidance, and expertise to IT programs and projects from ideation to closure, performs research, identifies business and information technology trends and best practices, and recommends appropriate solutions, methodologies, and strategies for achieving organizational goals.

What are the strategic architect's responsibilities towards my program/project?

  • Provides architectural guidance and support for IT related programs and projects
    • Assesses architecture fit and conformance with enterprise architecture
    • Documents reference architecture, principles, standards, and best practices
    • Conducts impact analysis to identify areas that might need to change in business, information, application, and technology architecture
    • Defines and documents integration requirements and identifies the appropriate future integration interface
    • Identifies information needs; develops and maintains the logical data model
  • Provides guidance and consultation on project work from ideation to closure
    • Reviews requirements and ensures alignment with business and information technology goals and objectives
    • Reviews solution architecture to ensure it is aligned with business requirements
    • Documents the current state architecture required for the project
    • Develops a high level conceptual architecture
    • Guides and assists in the development of solution architecture artifacts
  • Provides guidance for project/program deliverables, issues, processes, and risks
    • Recommends architecture strategy and provides planning consultation
    • Guides the project architecture design with project team members
    • Identifies and assesses potential risks
  • Evaluates program/project outcome
    • Develops performance and evaluation matrix
    • Reviews the solution architecture and update EA accordingly