Are you a modern enterprise architect?

As Enterprise Architects (EA) are evolving from IT-landscape planners to business change enablers their required skillset is also changing. Professor Bjorn Cumps shares the new skillset for the modern Enterprise Architect:

1. An EA practitioner is an accurate and analytical expert

An Enterprise Architect will be involved in or lead complex and technical projects and programs. Therefore he needs to have good analytical skills, enabling him to understand how components are linked and how systems function. He needs to be a true and respected expert that works meticulously and accurately.

2. An EA practitioner is a client-focussed networker that can connect and integrate

Next to in-depth knowledge and expertise, Enterprise Architects need to be able to connect-the-dots and see the broad picture on an enterprise level. Associative thinking and sensing the organisation are key skills. They need to network to understand where they can add value for their clients.

3. An EA practitioner is a visionary leader that can influence and communicate

Finally, an Enterprise Architect needs strong leadership skills. They will have to communicate with and convince top-management and executives. Therefore they need a strong vision of how their expertise can enable business transformation, know how they can influence decision-makers and communicate their story with passion.

Related news

  1. What is the impact of FinTech in Belgium?

    Date: 26/01/2018
    Category: Opinions
    This was the big question at the second edition of the FinTech Belgium Summit – an event which explores the latest trends and showcases local and international best practice. Our Masters and MBA students joined 550 participants to network, gain new insights and listen to banking and insurance executives share their experiences. Vlerick FinTech expert Tine Holvoet - who gave a provocative speech on societal impact - says this year’s summit was less about buzz and more about analytics. This shows the industry is maturing.
  2. ‘We should be proud of this new European standard’

    Date: 17/01/2018
    Category: Opinions
    The much-discussed European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force at the end of May 2018. This new data and privacy legislation is causing a fair amount of concern in the corporate world. Nonetheless, Jo Coutuer, chief data officer at BNP Paribas Fortis and Öykü Isik, professor of Data Privacy at Vlerick Business School, mainly see it as a source of opportunities: ‘Privacy by design will be the new standard, and this is a good thing.’
All articles