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.

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