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Cracking the IT Architect Interview: certifications required?

 
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Hi Sameer,
Thanks for this kind of book which I was looking for it. Wish to see the contents soon to prepare for interview. Can you please advice does this cover what all certification required to crack such interview?

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Bijesh
 
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Hey Bijesh,

        The emphasis is not on certifications but on the interview discussions.

Regards,
Sameer


Coverage of the book (Expertise Gained):
• This book is a:
o Is a reference guide for architecture practionnares to help them on various architecture & strategy engagements
o Is a reference guide for seasoned and aspiring practionnares to guide them for their interview discussions
o Is a reference guide for interview panels for selecting architects for their practice/units while bringing in standardization in the selection process.
• More than 500 questions in 12 domains including a chapter on SMAC (social, mobile analytics and cloud).
• Covers all architecture domains including EA (Business, Data, Infrastructure and Application), SA, Integration, NFRs and Security and SOA.
• Extended coverage from IT Strategy to NFRs domains.
• The book covers a section on non-functional requirements among other domains.
• Based on our experience the assurance is that as least 80% of contents will be discussed during a typical architect’s interview.
• There is a section on advisory domain which is not very easy to find and is generally a product of years of extensive experience.
• The questions have a probability indicator for all questions. Probability indicator depicts the likely hood of the questions or topic coming up in the discussion may be directly or through’ reference of the work done based on industry maturity, trends, criticality.
• The book can be selectively read based on the relevant domains
• The coverage is extensive in terms of depth and breadth of a domains addressed in the title
• The title has more than 100+ diagrams depicting various scenarios, models and methodologies.


Key concepts that will be covered in the book are:
• IT Strategy & NFR, Methodologies, best practices and frameworks
• Best practices architecting, KPI and success factors
• Concepts, principles and guidelines for various domains
• Leadership & Architecture Governance
• Enterprise Architects IT Strategy & NFR, Methodologies, best practices and frameworks
• Common pitfalls to be avoided and patterns to leverage
• Emerging Technologies – Social Mobile Analytics Cloud
• Techniques related to analysis, NFRs and Solutioning
• SOA & Integration
• Techniques, best practices, and patterns for web and enterprise topologies
• Frameworks and methodologies to evangelize web and enterprise applications
• Solution Architecture Q & A Scenarios
• Techniques, models & case studies
• Tools, best practices, techniques, and processes
• Design guidelines used for architecting applications & systems
• Understand various best practices, principles and patterns
• Get a holistic view of key concepts, design principles, and patterns related to evangelizing web & enterprise applications
• Use the book as a reference guide for adopting best practices, standards and design guidelines
• Concepts, principles, KPI & Success factors for various domains

Regards,
Sameer
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I would have thought the by the time you are looking for an architect's post you will have several years' experience in several other posts. They might check the existence of a cert or a degree, but they are not going to take too much notice; any qualifications will be overwhelmed by your many years' experience.
 
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Certifications would be hard to summarize, there are certifications for each of the aspects. I would say certification is also important for it always helps you learn areas where you do not have much expertise. The OCMJEA is a good starting point, that is for application architecture and not EA as the name says. Then depending you the direction you are headed there are many.
 
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Mainak Biswas wrote:The OCMJEA is a good starting point, that is for application architecture and not EA as the name says.



In this case, JEA stands for Java Enterprise Architect, meaning you're expected to design your solution using component from Java Enterprise Edition (JEE), as opposed to the Standard or Mobile editions.

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