Solution Architecture About Solution Architecture Service Our Approach Benefits Service Portfolio FAQs About Solution Architecture Service A Solution Architect (SA) works with the Business stakeholders and Project team to guide and assist them in making right technology decisions. A Solution Architect’s job is to understand business needs, position those needs against modern technology implementation approaches, work with the project team and business stakeholders to quantify and qualify critical technology choices, provide advice and counsel, help manage project risks to deliver the right technology solutions for the state. During a project, a Solution Architect is concerned about the technical decisions being made regarding the solution and how they impact the business outcomes. A Solution Architect’s focus is to identify and address requirements that require some choices to be made about the technology being used. The Solution Architecture team members are individuals with a broad understanding of technology that spans from programming and development of custom applications to the infrastructure environment that the solution must reside in, and the operational environment that provides support. Our Approach A Solution Architect (SA) primarily engages with projects, within the EMPO project life cycle. The SA can contribute at any stage in the project but provides the best value when engaged early in the project lifecycle. Early engagement allows the project team to grow the project concept incrementally, taking full advantage of the SA's experience and advice. Concept phase The SA works with the project stakeholders to assess the potential opportunity for technology to impact and support desired business outcomes. The SA can identify capability gaps and transition steps needed to achieve business and technical goals, expressed as deliverables and roadmaps. Initiation The SA is involved with the assessment of the impacts and benefits of alternative approaches. The assessments may include quantifying the virtues and risks of the technical approach, skill sets, and business demand. Planning The SA can advise and guide planning for the project's technical transitions. This can be as broad as business transformation planning, or focused on specific technical decisions, depending on the needs of the project team. SA team members can participate in purchase specification and evaluation activities as technical advisers. Execution and Implementation SAs can provide guidance and decision support to help execution teams assess, communicate and overcome challenges during project delivery. SAs can also assist project team leads and service owners in development of technical staff recruitment and skill building plans. Benefits Cutting edge-technology cannot deliver the promised benefits if you don’t have the right team with the right skills in place. With their unique skill set, Solutions Architects are key members of the team. Some of the benefits of engaging a Solution Architect are: Efficient solution design in line with the business needs. Guidance on making fundamental technology choices which are costly to change once implemented. Solution recommendations for meeting quality requirements, such as resilient, high-availability, fully redundant systems. Managing technology risks to the business and its operation. Service Portfolio We have the right mix of people, processes, tools to assist you. When a Solutions Architect is engaged, the following services may be delivered, based on the type and complexity of the project. Application Portfolio Scorecard Assessment of Existing System Guidance, review and assistance in developing overall business case Guidance, review and assistance on overall project approach Guidance, review and assistance on Build or Buy decision Guidance on writing highly technical RFP Assistance with RFP Evaluation Assistance in evaluating vendor solution Assistance in selection of tools, technologies and solutions Alternative Assessment & Solution Recommendation Guidance on hosting on-premises/cloud/hybrid, adoption of AWS Solution Blueprint - outline of overall solution Guidance on major technology decisions during project Architecture document preparation FAQs What is the cost of engaging a Solution Architect? The Department of Information Technology realizes the importance of a Solutions Architect in a Project. To deliver value to all project, there is no charge for leveraging a Solution Architect on your team. What is the process to engage a Solution Architect? There are several ways to engage a Solution Architect. A Project Manager can initiate a request. Sometimes, during a project review cycle, a Project Management Advisor (PMA) or a Business Analyst (BA) may recommend a Project Manager to engage a solution architect. To request a Solution Architect on your engagement, please contact Arvind Wathore.