Enterprise Architecture and Being Solution Oriented

Nick Malik hits the nail right on the head with this post. This doesn't just apply to architects but to most of IT (barring Testers, of course). That being said, it is vital for the architect to be excellent at **_problem definitionsolution proposal and *.

In fact, in an ideal setting, the architect could/should provide a number of different solutions giving the pros/cons to each of them and then provide a recommendation as to which one should be chosen. Without proper solution focus, bad architecture will just keep repeating itself no matter how many problems are pointed out.

Furthermore, there are political gains to be had as the guy or team that is not only identifying problems but providing solution paths to correct the problem. This political currency is in many shops the only way the architect can get things done and so should try to earn it aggressively and spend it wisely.