In country like India, software architects
form a very small percentage of the IT workforce. It seems
we have only 1-2 % of the IT professionals as architects in
India compared to global average of about 10%. This could
possibly due to lack of product based companies and also delayed
adoption of IT as a strategic tool among the end user companies.
But, all these seem to be history. The time is changing in
India and so as the IT roadmap.
The industry is witnessing architecture-driven
industry growth. Firstly, IT services companies are gearing
up to add "architecture services" as new offerings
in their palette. Interestingly, end-user clients are driving
such needs. For example, a leading Indian services company
needs as many as 600 senior and junior architects out of the
7500 software professionals that they are hiring in the next
3 years. Also, leading Telcos, Banks and Manufacturing companies
are setting up enterprise architecture team. The major focus
of architecture groups is reducing complexity, both by decreasing
the number of applications and moving away from legacy systems
in a cost-effective manner. For many organizations, adopting
enterprise architecture is becoming means of rationalizing
spiraling IT budgets and putting in place a form of governance
with an enterprise-wide perspective. Some of the organizations
have at least 3 or more legacy systems that they want to sunset,
and some of them have 50 or more applications in their portfolio,
which needs to be review.
This opens up new as well alternative career
opportunity for the senior managers with domain knowledge
and with minimum experience of 9-10 years. This also provides
good opportunity for senior designers and senior engineers
to opt for becoming junior architects. In fact, several companies
are providing an alternate architecture career path along
with project management. Together, managers and architects
will make highly effective leadership teams.
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panel of experts. The panelists will describe the work environment,
the honour of being an architect at their firm, competitive
pay, and the kinds of interesting projects & technologies
the company will offer to the architects, for building their
careers. The panelists will explain why their company is the
best opportunity for an architect to start and pursue their
How do you rate the acceptance of "software
architecture" as a independent discipline compared
to project management?
What are the current prevailing practices,
discussion within organization on software architecture?
What are the key training, research activities within
organization on software architecture?
How are these leaders responding to the
growing demand from clients for the software architecture
and software architects?
Do architects need to work with project
managers in effort estimation, technology selection and
selection of suppliers?
What about career roadmap for Architects?
What kind of interesting projects & technologies the
company will offer to the architects, for building their
What are the challenges faced in developing
the architecture team? How to measure the success of architects
and what kind of incentives ?
Model Driven Architecture approach enhances
productivity, so as off shoring. What about Model Driven
off shoring? Is it beginning of new trend?
Does architecture services provides new opportunities
for the IT companies?
What are the key pockets of resistance in adoption of