New job functions emerge with SOAs

Business architect. Process analyst. SOA enterprise architect.

These are the job titles various organizations are applying to an emerging role being filled by those well versed in business and technology to oversee service-oriented architecture projects.

The holder of the new job will be charged with identifying services that can be reused across an enterprise, finding services in a repository, simulating scenarios for the processes to run and determining metrics to measure the effectiveness of an organization's processes.

The position will be part of either central IT or a line of business, depending on the company, executives said.

Some IT managers interviewed last week said they are training internal business analysts to take on the new role. However, several also noted that the job requires more technical expertise than most business analysts have.

The chief architect of enterprise architecture at a large U.S.-based financial institution, who asked not to be named, said the new role, called business architect in that organization, is starting to spread through the institution's lines of business as they transform legacy applications to services running within an SOA.

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