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Job Title – Solutions Architect


A Solution Architect is responsible for the development of the technology solutions and mapping the business requirements to systems/technical requirements to ensure they are in line with the enterprise architectural plan. 

Typical Job Activities

Review, interpret and respond to detailed business requirements specifications (BRS) to ensure alignment between customer expectations and current or future ICT capability
Provide input to the strategic direction of technology investments to assist in the development of the enterprise architecture and maximise the return on technology investment
Within the agreed enterprise architecture, define and design technology solutions to assist the business in meeting their business objectives
Develop, test and implement technology solutions and report on delivery commitments to ensure solutions are implemented as expected and to agreed timeframes

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
for a degree course in Computer Sciences at a University
Or a diploma course in related fields at a Technikon

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics and English
Recommended subjects: Computer Studies

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be able to be logical
Be able to be analytical
Be able to be imaginative
Have an eye for colour
Have technical knowledge
Have good communication skills
Be able to deal with all kinds of people
Have business sense

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Employment Opportunities 


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


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Possible Employers

Advertising agencies
Computer software development firms
Design firms
Information technology consulting firms
Interactive software publishers
Internet industry
Media production companies
Any person, group or organisation who needs web pages

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Relevant Contact Details

Information Technology Industry Training Board

Computer Users Council of South Africa

South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists

Career Progress and Path

Further studies in the specific career field
Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can create new things
I can work for myself
I can work with technology
I’ll be able to learn new things on an ongoing basis