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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

business architect/ system analyst

Feb. 10, 2016: I went to the Blue Cross job fair.  I have attended one a couple of years ago.  Last week I went to one, and they were hiring more tech positions.  I saw the job fair ad in the Edmonton Journal and passed my resume to them.

The woman there gave me a flier of the jobs they're hiring for:

Business architect:

A business architect is a practitioner of business architecture, a discipline concerned with developing and maintaining business capabilities of the enterprise in line with the corporate strategy as well as contributing to the business strategy and plans. This also includes design of capability models and related architectural solutions of business tasks, mapping capability functionality to the internal and external resources, developing business transformation plans jointly with senior business management, handling business solutions to the delivery and operational business functions of the company, developing and maintaining architectural governance and controls over implementation. For each step of the business transformation plan, business architects contribute in development of a blueprint of the enterprise in order to promote a common understanding of the organization and alignment of strategic objectives with tactical demands.[1]

My opinion: I read a bit and it seems like you need a Bachelor's degree in business and an MBA.  It seems too hard to work as one and get the education.

Business analysis manager:

Information technology (IT) business analysis managers are in charge of managing different project analysis tasks for their organization. They are responsible for providing accurate, detailed reports on using IT resources to increase profitability and efficiency within the company. They identify technology-related opportunities, stay on top of current market trends, conduct assessments of processes' impacts on the business, and design solutions. They evaluate the system requirements for development and project management, as well as share key information with other managers. Generally, IT business analysis managers oversee a group of business analysis professionals and direct them to identify crucial business areas that require change or observation. Read More...
The IT business analysis manager's main functions include evaluating operational flows, defining process models, observing business processes, and suggesting changes to improve their current functioning. Generally, these managers report to the business analysis lead or vice president in their organization. They use a personal computer as one of their main tools to create complex algorithms and analysis documentation.

A bachelor's degree in information science, project management, or a related field is required for this job. In addition, previous managerial experience may be preferred. IT business analysis managers must be able to multitask on a variety of projects and have an excellent understanding of business risk and analysis methodology. These managers should also have professional experience with modern computer systems and devices, and they must work well on their own and in a team environment. They must use excellent problem-solving abilities to find effective solution to business problems, as well as possess excellent communication skills.

My opinion: Here is another job that seems hard.

Feb. 14, 2016 System analyst: This also added (Java, J2EE, Oracle PL/ SQL)

A systems analyst is an IT professional who specializes in analyzing, designing and implementing information systems. Systems analysts assess the suitability of information systems in terms of their intended outcomes and liaise with end users, software vendors and programmers in order to achieve these outcomes.[1] A systems analyst is a person who uses analysis and design techniques to solve business problems using information technology.[2] Systems analysts may serve as change agents who identify the organizational improvements needed, design systems to implement those changes, and train and motivate others to use the systems.

Although they may be familiar with a variety of programming languages, operating systems, and computer hardware platforms, they do not normally involve themselves in the actual hardware or software development. They may be responsible for developing cost analysis, design considerations, staff impact amelioration, and implementation timelines.

On here it says you need a Bachelor's degree in computer science.

System analyst team manager: A team manager and a system analyst combined.  I looked this up on the internet, but there wasn't one.  There was only system analyst.

My opinion: This does not interest me.

Applications architect:

In information systems applications architecture is one of several architecture domains that form the pillars of an enterprise architecture.

Applications architecture is the science and art of ensuring the suite of applications being used by an organization to create the composite architecture is scalable, reliable, available and manageable.

One not only needs to understand and manage the dynamics of the functionalities the composite architecture is implementing but also help formulate the deployment strategy and keep an eye out for technological risks that could jeopardize the growth and/or operations of the organization.[citation needed]

How to Become an Application Architect: Career Path Guide

If you want to become an application architect, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for you. If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career as an application architect:
• You enjoy consulting with other IT professionals
• You enjoy work that is highly analytical and involves creativity
• You have applied knowledge and experience in Java and Oracle development tools
• You enjoy designing and outlining projects

Education Needed to Become an Application Architect

Although the educational requirements to become an application architect may vary from job to job, you typically need a bachelor’s degree or diploma in computer science, software engineering, or a related technical discipline.
An education in an area related to computer science will help you gain familiarity with the technical elements of a career as an application architect. Supplementing the technical education of computer science core coursework by pursuing coursework in business, the humanities, English or communications is highly recommended, as it will help you develop ‘soft skills’, such as those involved in communicating with others.
Hard Skills
• Proficiency in multi-tiered architecture, design and implementation
• Applied knowledge and experience in Java and Oracle development tools
• A strong PL/SQL background
• Experience in Object Oriented, Relational and UML methodologies

My opinion: This does not interest me.


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