The 5 Challenges Faced by an IT Architect
By Arijit Banerjee
Compared to other industry practices, IT architecture is considered an emerging discipline which still takes the time to mature. As it is one of the most important practices undertaken by an organization and forms the base for software architecture models, IT architects face many challenges while fulfilling their duties towards the organization.
Challenges faced by IT architects:
1. Maturity: A mature organization is the most important prerequisite for a successful IT architecture program. Too many organizations try to undertake the IT architecture program when they are not mature enough to do so. IT architecture requires wide preparation and active participation of the shareholders. Immature organizations, without thinking ahead start the program thinking that IT architects will save the day and will fix everything regardless of the very little support their organization offer to the IT architect. This, in turn, weakens the architecture technology of the organization and poses a problem for an IT architect.
2. Budgets: In most instances, IT architects have no formal budgets, due to which they have to constantly justify why they need a share of the financial resources of the organization. This process is generally time-consuming and requires the IT architect to adjust his work according to the budget he has been allocated.
Apart from this, if the organization is facing budgeting issues, it becomes a major problem for the IT architect to ensure that the organization achieves its goals as, without a proper budget, it becomes really hard for the IT architect to find a solution for any problem the organization is facing.
3. Personnel problems: IT architecture is constantly undertaking various projects to identify problems and finding their solutions and in the course of doing so they need personnel resources as well as financing, So IT architects often have to go through another justification effort to get IT and business groups to provide personnel for projects. The personnel for the projects have to generally go through pre joining programs or bootcamp training before joining the project which can prove to be expensive and time-consuming.
Without personnel, the projects undertaken can stretch for a long period of time without yielding any fruitful result and create a problem for both IT architect and the organization in the long run.
4. Appetite problems: Every organization, new or old, small or big faces the appetite problem. Appetite is the will of the employees to work in an organization. As IT architects require employees to work according to their commands for the sake of the organization, they face a problem when the appetite of the employees working with them is low.
It requires hard work and constant monitoring of the future and current state of the organization to achieve organizational goals, but when the employees are not willing to work to their full potential, the hard work of IT architect alone doesn't yield desired results.
5. Communication: Lack of communication with the internal IT team and external stakeholders poses a big problem for the IT architects. Finding a solution is useless until it is effectively communicated with the upper level. This problem arises due to the lack of a proper communication channel within the organization and restricts the organization to rectify the problems the organization is facing, thus, becoming a barrier in achieving organizational goals.