Tryst with an Outsourced Solution Architect
Over the past month, we have met with some interesting questions when we explored opportunities of solution architect (SA) work. There were genuine challenges identified, and some concerns about the solution architect outsourcing. Here are some of them below: ‘The greatest challenge is to make the developer team believe that this type of solution will work’ said a CEO. It is important to recognize that developers are the ‘executers’. However good a solution architecture be, the proof is in the final software product or output. As they say ‘proof of pudding is in eating.’ Our SA methodology addresses this fact in depth. Our SA’s reach out to the team leader or developer team and create an early brainstorm. This is followed by a suitable buy-in, collaborative design and a design-town hall with the developer-stakeholders. Another said ‘it is difficult to find one architect who has so much variety of experience’. This is exactly why a skill-pool is available as against an individual contributor. Two factors, when best minds in multiple technologies, verticals are put together, the output is far superior to one architect. Secondly, if it is a new technology, the skill-pool brings forth the relevant expert and thereby saves time on the learning curve. ‘We don’t have work for a solution architect all month. But solution architect expertise is inevitable.’ Our on-demand and audit service models, where we create and check respectively, is the answer to this. Leveraging our flexible model of engagement helps organizations not deal with issues like work distribution, engagement, training, attrition, personalities and other issues. Ours is essentially a service that is measured on deliverables. Our 25+ projects are testimony to this. ‘But we are comfortable with internal architect. All said and done, he would be our employee. There will be coordination issues if we outsource’ How many instances an IT architect moves on with the knowledge he has acquired? Well, some of it he might use, and that is inevitable. In the same breath, the stakes of an outsourced work are far clearly measurable. And more over, one need not wait for a performance appraisal to happen. It is a combination of documentation, tag-teaming and delivering against a measurable outcome. Secondly, our experience first looks for establishing comfort with the primary stakeholders – whether it is a continuous or a point engagement. ‘How will IP be protected?’ Is not marketing strategy outsourced? For that matter branding? N When somebody engages a big five consulting firm, would the customer not disclose his business strategy, financials, and risks not outsourced? How are they protected? Well, there are safe guards. We have already put those safe guards in place. The safe guards are protected through relevant legal framework. Post Script: Metaplore Solutions works with its customers to architect products and build ‘solution frameworks’ – in short architecting IT solutions. With more than 25+ projects done in the past 2 years alone, and with deep experience in working in enterprise application landscape, product building and application migration.