As an Enterprise Architect you make sure a company is ready for a sustainable innovation, you’re responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the IT and you oversee technical improvements and upgrades in services, software and hardware. You must have the ability to structure the complexity of a successful organization while keeping the stakeholders satisfied. And as an Enterprise Architect you also work cross departmental, so all departments are aligned and can profit from the solutions.
Why do organizations need an Enterprise Architect?
It’s not always easy to go from an idea to a structured plan. Not even to mention the efficient execution of it. But the advantages are undeniable. With a well thought out architecture you avoid a lot of unforeseen difficulties during the project, and they might result in delays and additional costs. By properly mapping out the architecture in advance, you'll be able to speed up the development, eliminate uncertainties and avoid unforeseen additional costs along the way.
We had a moment with Frederik to talk about his passion
Frederik, first of all: welcome at Dropsolid! Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
Yes, sure! I’m Federik Wouters, the new Enterprise Architect at Dropsolid. I love helping customers resolve difficult issues and going from vision to execution as efficiently as possible.
What does it mean to be an Enterprise Architect?
For some clients it means suggesting architectural changes while for others it means helping them choose the right tool for the job and fitting it into their architecture. For me personally, I just love helping customers get their enterprise architecture on point and helping them with Drupal, DXP implementations and other complex problems.
An Enterprise Architect has a wide range of functions: picking the right tool for a specific project, suggesting architectural changes and even finding solutions that seem impossible at first. That’s why this role requires complex thinking, strategic insight and a technical background. But it also means mapping out the "to build" structure over multiple clouds. For example Microsoft Dynamics on Azure combined with homegrown applications on AWS linked to a platform on Google cloud. And for others it means doing a security assessment, modelling of threats, auditing. These are the puzzles that I like to solve.
How did you become an Enterprise Architect?
Well, I’ve been active in Drupal and everything between the browser and the Bare-metal for quite some time now. At the Flemish government, I got to contribute to the enterprise architecture in a big project I was a Project Manager on. This really triggered me to dive deeper in this matter. I enrolled in an Enterprise Architecture course and I am loving every second of it. It’s just incredibly interesting looking at organizations from that point of view.
So you were active in Drupal and Open Source yourself. At Dropsolid we carry this open vision deeply. What’s your take on that?
I’m a huge fan of Open Source and Drupal. It’s very interesting to see what Drupal has in store for us in the future. They’ve already taken huge steps in the last few years. It’s not yet common knowledge, but with moving to Drupal 8, companies are leaping into the future. D8 with its more mature security processes, more regular release cycles and better internal structure, everything will be more maintenance friendly and upgradable. This will result in a more stable long term content editing platform and a richer ecosystem of modules. Big companies are noticing this and are moving to D8(9/10). For example Tesla and Apple, to name a few.