Mastering Solution Architect for Digital Enterprise Architecture Initiative

Mastering Solution Architect for Digital Enterprise Architecture Initiative

In a rapidly changing technology environment, organisations face the need to transform their processes and systems to meet emerging business requirements. This digital transformation demands a specific expertise and a set of practices to align business focus with technology solutions. Solution architecture is an important practice before any technology solution development starts. It can be viewed as a combination of processes and documentation that address specific needs or problems.  This role bridges the gaps between business problems and technology solutions that includes the following:

  1. Find the best technology solutions to the current business problems
  2. Define the solutions’ features, requirements and business impact

Figure 1: Connected Enterprise Architecture Organisation


Solution architects will usually focus on clearing out and addressing the non-functional aspects of the solution or identify requirements that require some critical choices to be made on the technology being or the significant requirements. A combination of the right skills is vital in executing technology solutions with precision and effectively.

Owning the Right Skills

An expert communication skill will definitely help solution architects to communicate the technical aspects and requirements of the solution clearly to all parties involved. Risk management and identification is important to ensure that the solutions are not hindered and can be done through tests in performance, security or user experience. Solution architecture revolves around software development process and technical skills that are crucial to the technology solution development within the organisation. There are many components that influence and affect the solution, which is why solution architects must ensure constant and consistent evaluation of every aspect, as minor as it may seem, to understand what is valuable and discard what may be insignificant. Solution Architects must be capable of using resources efficiently and effectively. Resource management is crucial to staying within the budget, meeting deadlines, and providing a well-rounded solution without hiccups, which is why solution architects are critical in this area.

Challenges of a Solution Architect

Solutions architects need all the right criteria for making the initiatives seamless and able to cater to the business needs. When technology is constantly changing, it is a challenge for solution architects as they need to continuously keep up with the latest technologies, techniques, and tools. Defined functional, technical and business requirements may not always be necessary or well-documented by the organisation. This is a challenge for solution architects to identify listed requirements that are non-essential and that can be discarded based on the initial defined requirements.

The role of a solution architect will continue to evolve as the technology progress. This exciting position gives architects the opportunity to grow as a highly valuable asset in any organisations that require a strong solution architecture framework. In a challenging technology environment, solution architects are one of the best people to have on the enterprise architecture team to align business requirements with technology solutions.

ATD Solution offers Solution Architecture certification that will furnish you in the competency as project delivery architect using common, proven techniques and procedures. You will be able to develop and deliver solutions and communication strategies based on sound value management techniques.

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Author: Aaron Tan Dani

President of Singapore Computer Society EA-Chapter
Founder and Chairman of Iasa Asia Pacific
Chief Architect of ATD Solution 

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