Future Role of Architects

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The Future of the Architect: reports of our extinction have been greatly exaggerated.

A completely subjective look at the direction the role of the architect might take in years to come, as we endeavour to keep up with the ever accelerating pace of change.

Riccardo began his career as an academic researcher, specialising in bioinformatics and computational biology, before transitioning to the world of software development. Initially focusing on Open Source technologies, he quickly gravitated to .NET as his stack of choice, and later trained in the IDesign methods of software architecture and project design. He has worked as a developer and architect across multiple sectors including biotechnology, investment management, upstream oil and gas, public transport and retail, as well as mentoring many talented individuals along the way. Now, as a senior architect with The App Business in London, Riccardo leads full-stack teams in bespoke mobile-first development, and is involved in every stage of the product lifecycle from research and inception to final delivery. He is also a fan of hats, extreme chilli sauces, blues harmonica and setting things on fire (under the pretence of doing science demonstrations at his daughters’ school).

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Paul Preiss is the CEO and Founder of the Iasa, one of the largest Enterprise and IT architect associations in the world. Through his time at Iasa, Paul has taken the association from a single user group in Austin Tx to an international organization with chapters in over 25 countries. Paul’s vision is a unified architecture profession with effective education, credentials and ethics which fully supports corporate strategy and delivery. He is a tireless advocate for the field and speaks on topics ranging form architecture ethics to best the best setup and structure for architecture teams. Paul has spoken at hundreds of events as well as held conferences and training for architects all over the world. He is an expert software and enterprise architect in practice and continues to work with companies on optimizing their technology strategy. Prior to developing Iasa, Paul was the chief architect for Dell Pan Asia where he helped to integrate the technology strategy across 14 countries. He also served as the chief architect for the Sears point of sale replacement in North America consisting of 2000 stores and thousands of suppliers as well as the chief architect for a digital asset management firm, Ancept.

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