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The Impending Insurance Architect Crisis

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21 March 2012

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  • Could not agree more. There is a significant difference between business-focused and strategic-thinking Enterprise/Solution Architects and technology-focused tactical-thinking Application/Integration/Data/Security Architects.
    It is very easy for organisations to have a singular definition of "Architect" wherein all flavours of Architects (as mentioned above) are assigned the same job duties and even HR pay-grade levels.
    Organisations must pay more attention to the needs and aspirations of various types of Architects if they really want to leverage & groom them properly. Otherwise don't employ Architects at all - instead have tactical delivery roles such as IT Manager, BAs, Technical Leads/Developers, etc.

  • Ben, it is important to note that carriers may benefit in working with firms such as HP which not only have talented architects from a technical perspective, but have the means to teach from both an operational perspective (think BPO) to actually developing and deploying HP Policy Administration, Rating and other insurance products. I would argue that the diversity and focus of HP is something that has the potential to make an Architect even stronger especially when the same provider is also best in breed when it comes to cloud and SaaS solutions...

  • I agree with Ben, as there has to be clear cut classification between Solution Architect (pure technical person) and a Business Architect (business person having exposure & familiarity of technology).
    It is very hard for the person to work as business guy, technology guy and now a days IT companies expect a person to take up managerial role along with the above mentioned roles.