A data architect provides clear specifications, models, and definitions, translating a business’ Data Strategy into a Data Architecture and implementing this structure to align with an organization’s Data Governance. An architect is one who designs and advises on the construction of something. Data architects take an organization’s raw data and data assets and builds a solution leveraging this material. They are the “conduit between business and technology,” says Lynn White of Newswire. They must be able to:
- Understand and translate the organization’s overall Data Strategy into a plan.
- Understand and oversee technical development and processes, including hardware and software, to implement the Data Strategy, usually with the help of IT.
- Use Data Modeling and Data Analytics skills to understand and leverage relationships among data elements.
- Work with departments across the organization to establish and reinforce good Data Architecture–related practices and policies.
- Put data in business context.
- Communicate clearly and consistently about the Data Architecture across a business, so that all workers know how to use it effectively.