Gartner Research

Cloud Architects: What They Do and Why You Need One

Published: 27 February 2020

ID: G00464924

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran


Cloud computing is a game changer; but harnessing its potential to achieve business outcomes is hard. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders should appoint a cloud architect to build a bridge between business and IT, enable robust cloud architecture and scale cloud efforts.

Table Of Contents


  • What Does a Cloud Architect Do?
    • How Do Cloud Architects Work With Other Roles?
  • What Range of Skills Does the Cloud Architect Require?
  • How Can You Get Started?
    • Internal Candidate Selection
    • External Candidate Hiring
  • Recommendations

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.