I have recently submitted my assignment and waiting for the results. I never worked as an architect or not even close. I have learnt a lot during my preparation. I have decided to improve my knowledge about design and architecture.
All senior SCEAs/ Practising J2EE architects - Could you please give me some direction on what are the best resources or the best things I should do to improve my knowledge about architecture. What are the next steps in this direction?
Insofar as something to do beyond SCEA, the best thing I could think to do is to continue to read and keep up with changes in technology, expand your knowledge of other enterprise-level structures (perhaps looking at other languages or aspects of architecture) and to practice what you've learned.
Other than that... I really don't know what to recommend.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Do you want to actually work as an architect? If you then the consider this: only about 50% of an architect's work is actually technical. The core competencies are to do with soft skills and understanding how businesses work...