Approach to address increasing system complexities and poor business alignment through the definition of the structure and operations of an organisation into blocks and interfaces using a holistic approach at all times



Competency Level



Through Professional/Personal Study Gained Through Experience
  • During the ideation phase, they will establish the complete business, information and application context for the service within a SOA framework, and help define the vision and solutions requirements within the holistic enterprise, networking topologies and user postures, articulating the assumptions, issues, dependencies, technical risks and TRL/MRL maturities.
  • During the design phase, they will elaborate IT architectural options ensuring they have taken into consideration the equipment/platforms, infrastructure, implementation, support, organisational and training aspects, including specialist areas such as cyber, security, safety and environmental within a Design Authority led architectural framework model (methodologies, operational/system /technical and commercial/acquisition viewpoints, meta-models and object taxonomies/terms/definitions) and consulting service.
  • During the implementation phase, they will be involved in building from architectural building blocks with defined ICDs, orchestration, service wrap, testing, prototyping, verification, validation, assurance, system integration and management, reference service orientated models, configuration management, release/deployment management, in field support and upgrade.



Together with Responsibilities / Accountabilities
  • Establishing a hierarchical framework where user, business and technical architectures drive data and information flow to help prescribes systems topologies which then identifies data driven delivery solution options, as a Lead Service Architecture for Programnme XYZ.
  • Experience within each of the GWAC 8 Layer Stacks – Basic Connectivity, Network & Syntactic Interoperability, Semantic Understanding, Business Context, Procedures & Objectives, and Economic / Regulatory Policy including Standards, Information Handling and Best Practices, when developing the architecture for the Deployable (Software) Flashing Facility.
  • Working knowledge of Waterfall, Agile, ITIL, MODAF, TOGAF, MDD, NAF, XP, Zachman, MSF, RUP plus XML, Java, iOS, FTP, CSS and Defence Standards & Processes, and applying them to my technical and teaching roles.

IT Architect Job Specifications

Selected Challenges & Approaches

Together With lessons Learnt
  • Developing a Service Based Architecture approach within the constraints of existing taxonomies (i.e. JSP604, NATO) together with the underlying processes and templates utilising ITIL Principles and influencing the Design Pillar through a series of Work Groups to ensure an end to end enterprise view can be maintained.
  • Due to the complexity of the data and information, it all had to be fed into a Reference Architecture and Service Model, so that all the inter-dependencies, assumptions, technical details, KPIs and Service Levels could be managed, configured and maintained, so that up-to-date views could be generated at any time.
  • Due to the immaturity of the Information Handling Model, I started the process of generating Interface Control Documents between Services, in order to understand the dataflows, processes and design constraints, that then allowed me to generate Use Cases that could be used by the testing and acceptance teams.

Selected Achievements & Successes

Together with Any ‘So What’ Statements of Insights
  • Education of the organisation on the value of ITIL and need for Service Design Packages as a proven methodology to migrate into Service Based Operations
  • Creation of a number of Technical Service Design Packages that were used to beta-test the process and allowed the fast tracking approval of the process, so that when additional resources came on board there was an approved methodology already in place.
  • Training of the new starters all aspects of Service Based Architecture and Contracting, plus providing a series of technical reference documents (Standards, Design Philosophy, Agile) to help them get up to speed quickly and efficiently.

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