Most organizations have their Enterprise Architect (EA) focus on technology architecture (conceptual level) and governance (mainly assurance). EAs are often not included during strategic planning sessions. What is the best career path for an EA who is an expert in both the business and technology realms?

Go solo10%

Join a Consulting firm53%

Only work for organizations with mature EA function35%

Stay in the rut2%


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Business Architect in Finance (non-banking), 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Consider moving into the Business Architect role. This role focuses on strategy and helping organizations understand where their value is and how to get the most out of it. I moved from Solutioning and Technology Architecture into this role because I had a keen interest in what the business actually wanted and felt strongly about helping organizations adopt this framework. You can make the move in your current organization or you can seek the role elsewhere. There are several programs out there providing certification, each with its own pros and cons. Choose what is best for you and your circumstances. I do recommend having held the role and certification before attempting consultation.
Enterprise Architect in Energy and Utilities, 10,001+ employees
I see the majority recommend joining consulting firms though I voted for "only work for organizations with mature EA function". The reason is - with an increase in "insourcing" many organizations in the last decade, I am not sure if organizations really go to consulting firms for EA-type of roles. Do they?
MarTech & Enterprise Architecture Expert | Technology Leader | PhD Candidate in AI in MarTech | IEEE System Council Member, Self-employed
Choosing to work only with organizations mature in EA practice aligns with a desire for impactful, strategic involvement. Mature organizations recognize the inherent value of Enterprise Architecture, ensuring that the role is not just technical but also pivotal in business strategy.

By focusing on such organizations, an EA can leverage their expertise in both business and technology realms to its fullest, driving meaningful change and ensuring that their skills are both recognized and utilized effectively.

While other options like going solo or joining a consulting firm might offer varied experiences, they come with uncertainties and may not always guarantee the strategic depth that mature organizations can provide.
Manager, Enterprise Architecture in Energy and Utilities, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
I suggest finding a firm that understands and appreciates the value an experienced EA can bring to the business, not just IT. As suggested, Business Architecture can address some of that but the EA role, if properly implemented can provide broader opportunities and influence since it is the bridge between the Business and IT strategy. Going the consultant route will likely have you performing whatever the client is paying for, which may or may not align to your desires. Finding a firm that believes what you believe, would be a better long term decision, IMHO.

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