Solution architects to have certification program

Solution architects to have certification program

The emerging federal career path of solution architect will gain professional certification under a program sponsored by the Potomac Forum Ltd., a clearinghouse and conference sponsor for federal IT professionals.

Art Chantker, president of the Potomac, Md., organization, said he is recruiting an advisory board for an International Business Architecture Certification Academy, a nonprofit organization that will oversee granting of certifications. He cited similar existing programs: Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Government Financial Manager and Certified Project Manager.

The candidates will design and then administer a set of solution management skills that will undergo review by design experts. The work will include a practicum, or exercise, during which the certification candidate will be required to build an architecture.

Solution architects typically work with project managers to frame blueprints for applications development projects, following the requirements of existing enterprise architectures but applying them at more granular levels.

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