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A Working Definition from Wikipedia - "Subject-Matter Expert"

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"In general, the term is used when developing materials (a book, an examination, a manual, etc.) about a topic, and expertise on the topic is needed by the personnel developing the material."

 

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I did this, from both sides of this dynamic, for many years (and in extremely complex bussiness and technical environments), in my various Knowledge Management working experiences.

 

Among other wonderful health benefits, having undertaken the process of getting knowledge out of Subject Matter Experts has also developed my perspective of the kinds of questions that get asked (over and over) with each new learning experience. 

 

In the design of learning products, it's nice to be able to draw on long experience with pulling information like teeth from some Engineer-type - being able to do so seems to make it easier to accomodate varying Audiences. 

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A Working Definition from Wikipedia - "Solutions Architect"

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"A Solutions Architect in Enterprise Architecture is a practitioner in the field of Solution Architecture.

 

The role title has a wider meaning in relation to solving problems, but is more often used in the narrower domain of Technical Architecture - the context for the remainder of this definition.

 

In this context, the Solutions Architect is a very experienced architect with cross-domain, cross-functional and cross-industry expertise. He/she outlines solution architecture descriptions, then monitors and governs their implementation."

 

The role of "Solutions Architect" requires knowledge and skills that are both broad and deep. To be effective the Solutions Architect must have experience on multiple Hardware and Software Environments and be comfortable with complex heterogeneous systems environments.

 

The Solutions Architect is often a highly seasoned senior technocrat who has led multiple projects through the Software development process or Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), and has usually performed in a variety of different roles in that life cycle.

 

The person needs an ability to share and communicate ideas verbally, both orally and in writing, to executive staff, business sponsors, and technical resources in clear concise language that is the parlance of each group.

 

A practitioner of Solution Architecture, Systems engineering and Software engineering processes, the Solutions Architect is the person who organizes the development effort of a systems solution.

 

The Solutions Architect is responsible for the development of the overall vision that underlies the projected solution and transforms that vision through execution into the solution.

 

The Solutions Architect becomes involved with a project at the time of inception and is involved in the Functional analysis (FA) of developing the initial requirements. They then remain involved throughout the balance of the project.

 

The Solutions Architect is an expert in many categories. They should have hands-on experience in multiple industries and across several disciplines.

 

They can master a variety of hardware platforms including mainframes, distributed platforms, desktops, and mobile devices. Akin to that they should also possess skill and understanding of a variety of Operating Systems including mainframe systems; (MVS,VM,zOS), Midrange systems; OS/400, Primos, VMS, a variety of Unix flavors; Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, System V, Linux, Desktop; Windows, Apple OS, DOS and mobile platforms; Windows CE, Palm OS etc. A broad and deep understanding of Databases is also required. Such as knowledge of Relational Databases; Oracle, Sybase, DB2 as well as flat file systems, and semi-flat file system; ISAM or VSAM.

 

Solutions Architects decide which technologies to use. They work very closely with developers to ensure proper implementation. They are the link between the needs of the organization and the developers.

 

Solution Architects in large organizations act as the bridge between the Enterprise Architect and the Application Architect."

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