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Book Review and Giveaway: 'How to Become an IT Architect'

What is the role of an IT architect? What skills do IT architects need, cialis and what steps must an individual take to pursue this unique and increasingly important career path? A new book has the answers.

If there’s one career track that climbs to the technical pinnacle of the IT profession (setting aside the ranks of executive management), it has to be that of IT architecture. This burgeoning specialty is home to dozens of certifications and is the focus of numerous important standards and bodies of knowledge.

 

As far as I know, nobody has really managed to capture what it means to work as an IT architect, day in and day out, nor to document the kinds of skills and knowledge that an individual must ideally possess to really excel in such a job.

 

That is to say, nobody had done so until Christian Bojinca’s How to Become an IT Architect came along at the end of October. Bojinca digs deeply into this subject matter and helps aspiring IT architects understand what they must know, and know how to do, to work and succeed in this increasingly important IT niche.

 

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to consult on Bojinca's manuscript; in doing so, I read his text several times and got to know it pretty well. How to Become an IT Architect does an excellent job of explaining what IT architects do on the job, and an even better job of listing and discussing the kinds of technical and (to my great delight) soft skills required.

 

Bojinca does a particularly good job of covering the political and project management aspects of the job. This is vital, given that rchitects frequently find themselves responsible for the efforts of groups of people from numerous internal organizational units or departments, often without direct managerial oversight or control.

 

IT artchitect man using books to prop up laptopTo that end, Bojinca spends some serious time explaining how to work with people to insure their buy-in at the beginning of a project, and to keep them engaged and involved as projects wend their way toward completion. Chapter 5 of the book "The 'Soft' Background of an Architect" devotes 44 pages to soft skills topics and discussion.

 

Here and elsewhere, Bojinca does a bang-up job of explaining why technical brilliance alone is NOT enough to ensure guaranteed success in the architect role.