System Architect Career Information
What a System Architect does
It's not just software, it's a solution to simplify and automate business processes. Business process re-engineering has taken a strategic dimension these days. Systems are at the core of business process re-engineering. A System Architect helps a client to build up a total business system.
Your job as a System Architect will involve analysing the system needs of your clients, auditing the present system, identifying and building up the system logic, drawing up the system algorithm, developing the system and its maintenance.
As a System Architect you will develop programmes, which integrate various hardware and software systems in a company to generate object oriented tasks. This object oriented task makes computer usage very easy. Yours will be a specialised skill highly in demand.
The trend today is in offering a complete solution to the client vis-à-vis his needs for hardware and software. Your job is to make sure that a complete solution is developed, installed and offered to the client.
So apart from doing just software engineering, as a System Architect you will also identify and source hardware and integrate the hardware with the software. You will sometimes even develop a customised hardware using VLSI (Very Large System Integration) design logic.
Your job as a System Architect will also involve sourcing different technologies to create interfaces among various technologies so that a particular task is done automatically. This means the convergence of various technologies.
As a System Architect you can also develop special expertise in various upcoming areas like e-CRM (electronic customer relationship management), VLSI (Very large system integration), Business Intelligence, etc.
• Computer hardware design, development and manufacturing companies like IBM, CISCO System, Hewlett Packard, Apple, etc.
• Operating and system software development companies like Microsoft, Sun, Computer Associates, CISCO Systems, Novel Netware, etc.
• Large-scale application and system software development companies as well as System Consultancy companies like Infosys, Satyam Computer Associates, HCL Infosystem, TCS, etc.
• Companies specialising in e-CRM, Business Intelligence, VLSI, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), and other areas of Information technology.
NASSCOM predicts an exponential growth in the software industry at an annual rate of about 60 per cent over the next decade. And software export is growing at a rate of 57 per cent p.a., with future projections pegged at a growth rate of 60 per cent.
All this means, there will be a huge demand for qualified IT professionals like a System Architect over the next decade and beyond. And as a System Architect, you will be in high demand as well.
Moreover the IT industry is a global one with job opportunities in USA, Southeast Asia, Japan, Germany and other countries.
Abilities & Traits Required
Your personal attributes:
• Strong analytical and reasoning skills
• Strong numerical ability
• Discreet and clear in your thoughts
• Good communication skills
Please remember, there are no entry-level jobs in this field. You can only get in after 5-7 years of software development experience.
The best jobs go to BE Computer Science, BTech Computer Science, ME Computer Science, MTech Computer Science, BE Information Technology, BTech Information Technology, ME Information Technology, MTech Information Technology BE Electronics Engineering, BTech Electronics Engineering, ME Electronics Engineering, MTech Electronics Engineering, MCA, MSc Computer Science.
MBAs with specialisation in Systems/IT also get very good jobs.
You just have to ask and you get it. You are a person with extremely specialised skills.
You can command Rs 40000 - 80000 or more per month plus other attractive benefits like ESOP (Equity Share Options, whereby you will actually be a part owner of the company you work for), etc.
Well, if have a penchant for green dollars; you will earn anything between US $ 5000-10000 or more per month.