An Ashling Team "What Is" Feature: Platform Architect
a.k.a.: IT Infrastructure Engineer, Network Operations Manager, Senior Systems Engineer/Project Manager
About: An architect is typically charged with concepting, creating and supporting a company’s platform, as well as managing its growth, and ensuring its scalability. Platform stability and security also fall under this professional’s prevue.
Popular Certifications: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, an ITIL Master Certificate, CTA, CCA, and CISSP.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related discipline. A MS or MBA is highly desirable.
Stepping Stone Jobs: Systems Administrator, Desktop Engineer, Network Administrator, Infrastructure Security Analyst, Computer Programmer, and Systems Developer.
Springboard Areas of Expertise: Senior-level experience with network IT infrastructure and desktop systems administration and analysis. Designing and implementing Microsoft technologies, and setting-up, maintaining and troubleshooting computer applications.
Most Sought-After Skill Sets: Knowledge of desktop management systems, packaging and scripting, and development/deployment systems along with enterprise-wide deployment solutions. Desktop security, including patch management, virus protection, and encryption methodologies, as well as asset management and overall systems life-cycle management. Microsoft Sequel Server (MySQL). Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Management (SCCM). Experience with NIST and ISO.
LATERAL Growth Opportunities: Infrastructure Engineer, IT Project Manager, Systems Integration Specialist, and Senior Systems Engineer.
VERTICAL Growth Opportunities: Managing Director of Network Operations, Lead Platform Architect, Solutions Consultant, CIO, CTO and CISO.
Ashling Team Insight: If your sights are set on platform architecture, then ensure you have experience with desktop security— specifically patch management and encryption methodologies.
Having a working knowledge of network and infrastructure security, paired with hands-on experience as a systems administrator or analyst, will also help to differentiate you.
And Ashling Team knows that companies hiring a Platform Architect are often interested in professionals who express interest in leading and mentoring a team. Pending the opportunity, we have also seen that experience with cloud implementation and a working knowledge of virtualization tools have becoming increasingly valuable and, subsequently desireable capabilities, too.
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