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Characteristics, Roles and Responsibilities of the Modern Day Systems Architect: Lessons from the Field

The roles, responsibilities and titles of Architects often vary in relation to the domain or environment in which they operate. Throughout our work with a wide variety of clients, we have discovered that there is a „misconception‟ with regards to both the function and deliverable of the architects. This misconception often means that inappropriate resources are allocated or targeted to tasks; this can result in either delay or in appropriate solutions being delivered. In this article we discuss the roles of Enterprise, Solution and Technical Architects and highlight some key products which are produced, together with the inter dependencies between these individuals and products.