The role of the information technology (IT) architect is one of the least understood roles in IT. The discipline of architecture has formally existed since the 1600’s, and has been developed into a profession with an educational program and professional certification. Yet in IT the role of the architect is still being developed.

The word “architecture” means design, and on any technology project, a really good architecture is essential, yet many projects lack the architect role, or combine it with the project manager or technical lead due to resource management and budget considerations. This rarely works well because the roles require very different skills and personality traits and very few people are really good at both. The result is often a system that does not perform well and is costly to maintain.

Creating a good architecture can be accomplished using consulting services that can be purchased as needed for a given project and fit into the resource and budget constraints appropriately. IS Leaders™ offers technology architecture services as staff extension or pre-defined solutions, depending on our client’s needs. Some of these solutions include:

  • Business/process modeling
  • System modeling
  • Data modeling
  • Application/data/systems architecture specification
  • Technology selection
  • Technology feasibility assessment
  • Architectural Proof of concept
  • Data movement analysis and methodology

In addition to pre-defined solutions, IS Leaders offers some of the industry’s leading technology architects, with a proven track record in all areas of expertise. These include the following:

  • Mainframe 
  • Client/Server
  • Wireless
  • Internet/Intranet
  • Middleware
  • EAI tools
  • Web services
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Rational Unified Process (4+1 view)
  • OMG Model Driven Architecture (MDA)
  • Design patterns
  • Analysis patterns

If you are interested in producing better-designed systems with increased functionality and lower total cost of ownership (TCO), let IS Leaders lend a hand.