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Current CEO, COO Job Positions are asking for Enterprise Architecture Skills Clearly without Using the Label?

Current CEO, COO Job Positions are asking for Enterprise Architecture Skills Clearly without Using the Label?

Current CEO, COO Job Positions are asking for Enterprise Architecture Skills Clearly without Using the Label?

Every human being has an anatomy with 11 plus organ systems, explicit or implicit. This anatomy  (structure) is the basis of the functioning of a person. Similarly, ever Enterprise has an Anatomy (explicit or implied) consisting of 15 plus key Function area such as Sale, Marketing, Engineering, Product Management, Manufacturing, Service Delivery, Technology Management, IT, HR, Finance, etc.

Enterprise unitsThe Enterprise Architecture can be used for creating Enterprise Anatomy and after that, for managing change and complexity as the Enterprise evolves. An Enterprise Architect’s role and responsibilities should focus on operational leadership, working across multiple domains (Product Management, Support, Sales, IT, etc.), with a clear insight into "strategy to execution" including transformation stages, stakeholder management, business outcomes.

When you start navigating the job postings asking for “Enterprise Architects” from the classy title, confused title to their actual skill requirement, it is very evident that each of them is still looking for some “Super Techy” and NOT Enterprise Architect. Almost all of them are IT department focussed.

Almost all the published roles and responsibilities for an Enterprise Architect in public domain are aimed at IT Architects and not Enterprise Architects. This is emanating from the fact and misunderstanding that “Enterprise Architecture” is same as “Enterprise IT Architecture”. In fact, Enterprise Architects job posting are part of a category called “IT Jobs”.

There is two interesting observations, almost all the cases there are anomalies, basic, sometime so fundamental that you wonder why common sense is not common. It looks like making things “complex” is the name of the game.

Observation 1 : Current published job positions of Enterprise Architects are essentially meant for IT Architects

  Title Skill requirement

Enterprise Architect - Business Systems Solutions

Suggestion : IT Architect for Business Solutions

  1. knowledge and experience across technical architecting as well as solutions architecting
  2. ITIL Foundation certified

Enterprise Architect - L& P / Insurance

Suggestion : IT Architect – L&P / Insurance

  1. Experience of architecting significant applications (a payment platform for example)
  2. Integrating numerous applications

Enterprise Architect - Telecoms Leader

Suggestion : IT Architect – Telecom

  1. Challenge conventional wisdom regarding technology options and hype
  2. Maintain in-depth knowledge of IT industry best practices, technologies, architectures and emerging technologies

Enterprise Architect - Big Data Hadoop

1. Hadoop Programmer

2.Big Data - Technical Architect

  1. Hadoop technical knowledge


Observation 2 : Almost all jobs of COOs, CEOs are asking for skills of an Enterprise Architect

  1. CEOs Job Posting from the week (March 14) with Enterprise Architecture Skills
  Title Skill requirement
1. Chief Operating Officer, ECMC
  1. Champion for patient experience
  2. Operational excellence
  3. Background in healthcare management
  4. Demonstrated leadership skills
  5. Extensive experience working with physicians in a clinical settings
2 CEO, Payments Organization
  1. Develop innovative strategies
  2. Initiatives to engage, broaden membership base
  3. Portfolio growth
3 CEO, Cavirin Systems
  1. Track record of executive management: product management, operations, marketing, sales and P&L responsibility in the enterprise/SaaS software cloud markets;
  2. He/she must be able to articulate vision, put in place executable plans and deliver on them.

Source : Chief Executive Magazine

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COO – Global Operations – UAE Exchange


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