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An Emerging IT Role: The Cloud Architect

Published: 03 February 2015

ID: G00271822

Analyst(s): Kyle Hilgendorf


The cloud architect is an emerging and critical role within organizations. This document defines the cloud architect role, describes how you can lobby for the role in your organization, describes where the architect comes from and chronicles the skill sets that the individual must have for success.

Table Of Contents



  • What Is a Cloud Architect?
  • Why Do We Need a Cloud Architect?
  • How Can the Cloud Architect Relate to Other Architecture Roles?
  • What Can a Cloud Architect Do?
  • Where Can a Cloud Architect Fit in the Organization?
  • Where Can Cloud Architects Come From in the Organization?
  • What Technical and Nontechnical Skills Does a Cloud Architect Need?
  • How Can IT Professionals Obtain Necessary Skills for Cloud Architecture?


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