5W Data and Technology architects can help your business develop IT systems that align with your business strategy. You can run your business while 5W makes sure the IT takes care of itself.
The domain of the Data Architect is focussed on what information the business needs today, how that information is stored (as data) and how that data is processed. The principles of mapping business information and data to systems implementing and using that data apply both to the biggest and smallest of companies.
For example, we live in a world increasingly focused generating new insights into our businesses and the world at large. This new information comes from processing new and historic data from all sources. Traditional business data comes from management, financial, project and other systems. Data from online media, social media, government data and new sources like Internet-of-Things joins this traditional data to make a huge swirling pot of data ripe for analysis. This is the world of “Big Data” and it’s providing competitive insights for many of the companies using it.
On the other hand, the IT systems that enable day-to-day business are the lifeblood of every company. These systems are tried and tested data stores, often using technology that has been around for 20 or more years. The amounts of data in these systems is usually small, but without this data business is all but impossible.
With a well formed Data Architecture companies can make informed decisions based on their business strategy and get control over deployment of their data systems. For example, that control could result in the phased global roll-out of advanced analytics in a multi-national company. Or in another case it could ensure continued focus on the lifeblood systems in the company, and strictly limit the deployment of other data systems to meet specific business needs.
The storage of, access to, use of and, most importantly, the business value of data are all the responsibility of the Data Architect.
Technology Architecture is where the “rubber meets the road”, ensuring that the business strategy and data strategy are reflected in the selection of technology, products and standards used in your company. As with Data Architecture, the IT systems may be small or large and have different levels importance to the company using them. The domain of the Technology Architect focuses on how IT systems are implemented in the most efficient way. Providing the services needed by the business for the lowest cost.