How Much Does an Enterprise Architect Make?

How Much Does an Enterprise Architect Make?

Enterprise architects play an important role in today's digital organisations. This demand not only technological but also versatility. The enterprise architects are responsible for integrating new technology or process that could help multiple parts of the organisation. There is a growing demand to reduce costs, increase flexibility, and regulate technology environments. That means curiosity, plus communication and diplomacy skills, also prove important.

2020 is the year of great change career-wise, jobs are lost to automation and others are changing the skills required because of the pandemic. These changes are affecting the job market and have resulted in many architects to consider a shift to a different career in technology or want to advance in the field. Many of the highest paying IT jobs require extremely unique skill sets. Architects with the right skills are relatively rare, especially when it comes to growth areas and emerging technologies.

Top Three Highest Paying Architect Role

ATD has collected the top three 2020 highest paying architect roles in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong according to SalaryExpert by Economic Research Institute. This salary estimate has been updated to include data from the COVID-19 impact.  The highest is the enterprise architect, with an average of RM167,033, SG$133,416 and HK$879,335 depending on the area of expertise and qualifications. There’s lots of room to improve the salary and responsibilities if an architect has the right skills. In digital transformation initiatives, enterprise architects are usually tasked with maintaining a strong knowledgebase of current and legacy IT technologies, as well as emerging technologies and other IT trends. The focus of the enterprise architect's role is to ensure that the business strategy, along with any relevant trends, is expressed in the enterprise's processes and systems. A major goal of this role is also to facilitate change in a way that maximizes its value and minimizes the associated difficulties. Some of the skills required of an enterprise architect include:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Stakeholders Management
  • Strong leadership
  • Solution management

The second most earned architect is a software architect. A software architect optimises the development process by making design choices and dictating technical standards such as coding, tools, and platforms. As part of their role, they identify a customer’s requirements and perform hands-on work to develop prototypes. The average yearly salary of a software architect is RM159,530, SG$121,448 and HK$822,988. Some of the skills required of a software architect include:

  • Data modeling
  • An understanding of software architecture that linked to business objectives
  • Good programming skills
  • Strong analytical skills

The average cloud architect salary in 2020 is RM147,977, SG$112,653 and HK$763,390. Organisations are searching for talented individuals to lead their digital transformation efforts with the expertise in building artificial intelligence systems. A cloud architect deploys and oversees an organisation’s cloud computing strategy. A cloud architect typically is responsible for developing cloud architecture, developing a cloud strategy and coordinating the implementation and deployment of it, and ensuring application architecture and deployments in the cloud environment are done properly. Some of the skills and knowledge required by a cloud architect include:

  • A thorough understanding of cloud application architecture
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to articulate the business values for cloud investment

Based on Economic Research Institute compensation data, the estimated salary potential for these architect roles in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong for the next 5 years will increase by 21%, 11% and 17% respectively as shown in the charts below.

Figure 1: Estimated Salary Potential in Malaysia in 5 Years by Economic Research Institute

Figure 2: Estimated Salary Potential in Singapore in 5 Years by Economic Research Institute

Figure 3: Estimated Salary Potential in Hong Kong in 5 Years by Economic Research Institute

If architects want to push the salary toward the top of the range, they can consider adding certifications or changing vertical industries, to boost the earning potential. Developing hard skills will always work best as a combination of certifications and on-the-job experience.

ATD Solution offers Enterprise Architecture Specialisation Skills certification that will help you to evolve into strategist who can expertly model, analyse and reason about structural and financial aspects of a business. With a newfound ability to trace business events throughout the organisation in terms of information, funds and goods flows. You will be able to translate visions and goals into appropriate structure of processes, capabilities and organisation units.

Author: Aaron Tan Dani

President of Singapore Computer Society EA-Chapter

Founder and Chairman of Iasa Asia Pacific

Aaron Tan Dani, Chief Architect of ATD Solution  

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