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Cracking the IT Architect Interview - Keeping updated

 
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I have read few pages of the book as available online, and quite surprised by the breath of topics that is included. I am sure this book touches many aspects but may not have the bandwidth to address topics in detail.
None the less, I felt the book to be useful.  
Now, one of the core issues that an IT architect faces is the with the ways to keep oneself updated with newer technologies and other advancements. Does the book address how should this problem be addressed?
 
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Do you mean, “How do you answer questions like, ‘How do you keep up to date?’“
 
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Apologies, I was not clear, I will elaborate.

I meant information on how to make best use of one's time; to keep oneself updated on the various technologies, processes etc. I understand there are tens of blogs, articles, magazines etc. However, one may not find time to read all of them, so what are the basic blogs, magazines, websites that an IT architect must follow. What discipline must an IT architect have to keep oneself abreast of all relevant developments?
 
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Is that really a question about interviews?
 
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I am sure it is, this role requires a broad knowledge of both of the IT domain and business domain, hence the question. Else the job would have been that of senior developer or the like.
 
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Mainak Biswas wrote:
I meant information on how to make best use of one's time; to keep oneself updated on the various technologies, processes etc. I understand there are tens of blogs, articles, magazines etc. However, one may not find time to read all of them, so what are the basic blogs, magazines, websites that an IT architect must follow. What discipline must an IT architect have to keep oneself abreast of all relevant developments?



Mainak,
Interesting questions. Because there are different types of architects, with different responsibilities, I don't think there's one answer that would cover all of them.

However your last question, the one concerning discipline, seems to answer itself. As an architect, you must be disciplined enough to spend time peeking up with what's going on in your field and continuing to learn and improve your skill set.

How does that sound?

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