Good cloud architects are generalists not specialists

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In the 90s I use to filter out jobs I wanted based on how they defined the role of enterprise architect. Many would focus on a specific platform skill rather than an understanding of more holistic solutions that were often the better choice.

If they advertised for an architect but focused on a certain platform (e.g., Unix, Windows, or mainframes) as the core qualification, then I knew that they were not looking for an architect but a platform-specific subject matter expert (SME). Thus, many held the title “architect” but typically were not.

Moreover, they cost the enterprise a lot of money in missed opportunities. Architects are tasked with finding solutions. However, if they are not focused on the larger possibilities and all technologies, they often miss those very opportunities.

Now we’re looking for cloud architects and the same problem is back. Typically, the confusion exists around certifications, meaning “(insert name of large cloud…


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