|Technology Strategy - Enterprise Architect|
Driving technology opportunities into business success
Slalom’s purpose is to “reach for and realize your vision”. “Your” in our purpose means our clients, our people, and our communities.
For our clients, we believe technology is no longer a support function, or even an enabler for the business to achieve their vision. We believe technology has become the business, and technology is vital in helping our clients realize their vision.
We believe the realization of these visions sits at the intersection of business and technology strategies, industry trends, new business models, and emerging technologies. AKA: Enterprise Architecture.
Enterprise Architecture is not:
▪ Pontificating about what the best solution is, without a real-world appreciation for what it will take to make it happen;
▪ Having philosophical debates about what modern DevOps “truly” means while the business is getting run over by their competitors; or
▪ Doggedly imposing a set of unachievable ideals that stultifies innovators.
Enterprise Architecture is:
▪ Rolling up your sleeves and taking ownership of a client’s business problem, working side-by-side with all of the stakeholders, connecting the dots between the business, technologists and the market, and using all the tools available to help the client get it done;
▪ Taking a new idea or a new technology, a problem, an opportunity or a concept and seeing it all the way through to measurable business outcomes; and
▪ Knowing when to lead, when to guide, and when to support.
How do our Slalom Enterprise Architects make this happen? Our EAs:
▪ Have experience working in multiple businesses, business domains, and industries;
▪ Are certified in and have hands on practical experience working with the latest technologies and have used these technologies to drive businesses forward;
▪ Have been on both the business side and the consulting side, and they know the difference;
▪ Have applied and adapted business and technology methodologies to drive business outcomes; and
▪ They know they can rely on their own professional networks, the 5500 consultants and experts that make up
Slalom, our Slalom partners, and the clients themselves to bring together the best minds possible to tackle any given business challenge.
However, just being smart, having some certs, and being able to rattle off a bunch of key concepts from this year’s favorite methodology won’t cut it. Slalom EAs need to be able to establish credibility from the first meeting and continue to grow the client’s trust. They must bring together business and technology leaders and practitioners to frame a clear vision, a strategy to achieve it, and a road map to get there. They need to drive effective collaboration across disciplines, partners, and client business and technology groups to deliver that road map.
Slalom EAs also need to be “multi-lingual”. This means clearly communicating the vision, strategy and road map to everyone from the CFO, to the client’s external partners, to an in-house full stack developer, and empowering each of them to make the vision real. Then, when that inevitable thing happens when all great plans meet reality, Slalom EAs need to adapt to still deliver on the business outcome while everything else is shifting around them.
The things we love about being a Slalom Atlanta Enterprise Architect?
▪ We’re embedded in the Atlanta community, and we get to work with Atlanta’s Fortune 500 and mid-market enterprises using the latest technology to realize their business visions;
▪ We collaborate with our Slalom colleagues, our partners, our community, and our clients on opportunities we couldn’t have imagined;
▪ With mentoring and coaching at the heart of our practice we get to take budding architects under our wings and help them realize their vision of being an EA; and
▪ Best of all, we’re forced to grow, and we're continuously challenged as technologies and our clients evolve ever faster.
Feel like you’re already doing this, but you want to do it with Slalom for our clients? We’d love to hear from you.
Feel like you’re on the path to becoming an Enterprise Architect, but you’re not quite there yet? We’d love to chat with you to see if we can take you from where you are today and grow you into a Slalom Enterprise Architect.
What you can expect when you’re running the Slalom gauntlet:
1. An initial chat with our friendly recruiting team to check your general fit for Slalom and the role;
2. Two separate interviews with our EAs for you to see if Slalom is right for you, and for us to understand what challenges you’re looking to tackle next and test out your EA capabilities, experience, and Slalom cultural fit;
3. An interview with our Practice Director and an EA where you’ll present architecture deliverables you’ve created so we can see you in action, and talk further about your aspirations and experience so we can figure out if and where you fit into our practice; and
4. A final interview with one of the Slalom Atlanta Managing Directors to ensure you’re a fit for the Slalom Atlanta office.
Slalom is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.