The infrastructure architect provides strategic uses of infrastructure, network, and operations as an asset. They create and deliver technology strategies to optimize the use of technology resources related to hardware and physical system. It should be noted, this is not meant as quantitative overlap with the upcoming physical system architect who focuses on highly complex physical systems engineering domains such as satellite, defense, and embedded technology though there is some overlap. The infrastructure architect uses their mastery of network, computing platform and operations to guide the organization to valuable investments in hardware and platform.
The infrastructure architect works regularly with business, information and software architects to ensure the overall health of the organizations infrastructure and to optimize technology strategy delivery. The infrastructure architect has mastered the design, delivery and maintenance of hardware and network technologies throughout the organization.
Solutions Role Activities
The infrastructure architect may act as a solutions architect within the realm of a particularly challenging infrastructure related project or as a part of a general role activity within the current employer. Acting within this role the infrastructure architect would coordinate and work with other architecture specialists such as information, software and business or may be required to develop architectures within these areas themselves. However, a infrastructure architect is primarily responsible for the systems themselves and is not primarily a delivery job function. It is left to the employer to designate the number and amount of infrastructure architecture design and decision functions of the infrastructure architect in relation to the a) the systems they own and b) the projects to which they are assigned.
The infrastructure architect owns the technology value for the hardware, network and other infrastructure assets to the organization. Infrastructure architects develop models of these assets which optimize business strategy within the organization and fundamentally contribute to revenue or other forms of value generation. They may additionally develop and design a full infrastructure model in coordination with other teams to ensure clear communication and understanding of the target strategy.
Other Industry Role Names
Systems architect (in non-engineering companies), hardware architect, network architect, client system architect, operations architect, information technology architect, technical architect
- Rigorous design methodology that consistently yields the right level of technical design documentation and develop technical solutions that conform both to customer requirements and software development standards
- Review, cost and design optimized infrastructure designs based on rigorous understanding of costs and returns
- Participate and recommend prioritization through the project implementation process
- Hands-on hardware or networking may be required to demonstrate component selection and prototyping
- Ability to act as a key member of project team and provide leadership in both application design and development.
- Assist in problem resolution and support the development team through consultation and problem research
- Utilize understanding of industry software trends to innovate and provide new project/product ideas within the investment lifecycle
- Participate in governance mechanisms and ensure that deliveries exceed governance standards
- Proven oral and written communication and presentation skills
- Strong relationship development with all primary and secondary stakeholders
- Detail-oriented with excellent analytical and problem solving skills
- Work as equals with engineering/development staff for optimal design/delivery
- Communicating infrastructure concepts to all levels of management
- Address infrastructure reusability and services
- Ensure that expected infrastructure quality attribute levels are achieved
Common Education / Experience:
- BS in Computer Science, Engineering or other related technology degree
- 5-10 years developing infrastructure architecture elements especially robust valuation techniques
- Significant experience with numerous hardware and networking technologies
- Experience with all phases of the SDLC including maintenance as well as multiple specific SDLC methodologies
- Experience with all elements of change control
- Experience with all major forms of quality assurance in the data center
- Preferred experience with leading project teams including the development of project management deliverables
- Experience in developing project scoping and scaling deliverables
- Strong infrastructure process skills such
- Experience in ITIL, COBIT and other infrastructure related frameworks
- Strong verbal and written presentation skills
- Proven capacity to work independently and manage multiple, competing demands
- Able to take high level requirements and develop infrastructure architecture and create designs/prototypes of solutions
- Requires specific experience with particular infrastructure platforms (Note: in adapting this job description you should list any particular technology items here)
- CITA-Specialist Infrastructure