The Solutions Architect will be involved with strategic projects in order to reuse common platforms and improve information flows and to ensure that IT projects are not making functionalities redundant or deviate from business and IT strategies.
Solutions Architecture Accountabilities
1. Responsible for implementing and translating business architecture into system/solution architecture.
2. Alignment of IT strategy and planning with HOOPP's business goals.
3. Optimization of information management approaches through an understanding of evolving business needs and technology capabilities.
4. Execution of long-term strategic IT PCS systems goals as defined by senior management.
5. Promotion of shared infrastructure and applications to reduce costs and improve information flows. Ensure that projects do not duplicate functionality or diverge from each other and business and IT strategies.
6. Work with Enterprise architect(s) to provide a consensus based enterprise solution that is scalable, adaptable and in synchronization with ever changing business needs.
7. Defining the risks associated with information and IT assets through appropriate standards and security policies.
8. Provide input to the development of policies, standards and guidelines that direct the selection, development, implementation and use of Information Technology within the enterprise.
9. Educate and build employee awareness of system/solution architecture activities throughout the PCS enterprise. Accountable for capturing and defining PCS solution design standards & providing recommendations for all Pension and Corporate System solutions for all functional areas of PCS
10. The ability to quickly review multiple diverse and complex projects/solution designs and provide constructive critiques
11. Defines PCS solution standards; ensures alignment with architectural standards.
12. Drives change within PCS by searching for patterns and incorporating industry trends into defined standards.
13. Leads solution/design brainstorming and white boarding sessions.
14. Defines high-level and detailed models (rigorous information-rich diagrams) that can be used in critiquing various designs/solutions.
15. The ability to recognize structural issues within IT solutions, functional interdependencies and cross-silo redundancies.
16. The ability to assimilate and correlate disconnected documentation and drawings, and articulate their collective relevance to the organization and to high-priority systems issues.
17. Validates solution are functional by prototyping mockups (before actual implementation).
18. Supports the Project Team in the implementation of the agreed to solution
19. Ability to provide input into the strategic innovation of:
o the structure or processes across Pension and Corporate Systems an organization
o the use of information systems or technologies
o the integration and/or standardization of business processes
o improving the quality and timeliness of business information
20. Ability to logically analyze and quickly identify ideas (with associated and pros/cons)
21. Helps to define and enforces sound Architectural standards. Ensure the solution designs inhibit the following traits:
o Is transparent & easy to support, troubleshoot and maintain
o Ensues solutions interact/behave seamlessly with all other systems and solutions
o Design implemented is consistent (with defined standards)
o Ensures solutions design inhibit integrity within the systems (i.e. does not degrade over time)
o Ensure design components are reusable
o Meets minimum system availability, performance and recovery requirements
o Solution designs are scalable (to grow with future needs)
o Ensures designs are as simple and elegant as possible
22. Manages the over-proliferation of different tools and system components (i.e. Data Extracts, Reports, cross reference tables, etc.).
23. Analyses previously implemented solutions with the goal of identifying opportunities for further rationalization and efficiency improvements.
24. Actively participates in ARB and defining/updating architectural standards and policies
25. Contributes to the development of the overall vision on how Pension and Corporate Systems are designed, delivered and documented.
26. Surveys market landscape for solution design insights, direction, vendors, and methods.
27. Able to apply architectural principles, methods, and tools to System challenges.
Cross Functional Team Work
28. Solutions Architect provides guidance to the Project Managers, Business Systems Analysts and Systems Developers in the design, review and implementation of defined solutions
29. Supports the Business Systems Analysts and Developers in transforming requirements into a practical solution
30. Along with Enterprise Architect, supports Project teams from inception to completion (in the implementation of the business solution)
31. Assists Project Managers, Enterprise Architect, Business Systems Analysts and Systems Developers in breaking down system solution into project deliverables (tasks, dependencies, effort estimates, skills required, etc.)