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business case for software/enterprise architect?

What are a few bullet points for the business case to add a software/enterprise architect to your organization?  Some people look at this as unnecessary fluff (ie we're doing fine as we are with the developers.  Why do we need an "architect")

Thank you.
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crmsharepoint
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marklorenzCommented:
Someone experienced in good layering, interfaces, ... Needs to be guiding and mentoring the team members. In addition, someone needs to keep an eye on the overall system, including distribution of responsibilities and performance bottlenecks.

Google "Martin Fowler" and do some further reading.

Best of luck!  Mark
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DarrenDCommented:
Hi,

These questions are difficult to answer. There are many different types of architects these days and some of the titles are simply glorified software engineers.

I would say the business case would be:

Technical:
Lack of business and technical knowledge within the organisation
Lack of overall coherence with project teams (everyone (team) developing thier own product with no interaction)
Size of the organisation and projects and if there are multiple projects to be controlled (If you have a team of 2 then you are practically the enterprise architect, application architect and solution architect)
Complexity of the projects in terms of explaining to the business and development teams.
Avalable funding? (If you give someone this role they are going to want a pay cheque to go with it)
Is it worth the money?

Hope this helps,

Darren
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