Following from my previous post I can confirm that the exam was pretty easy having got a pretty reasonable passing mark after completing the exam in ~25 minutes.
I have yet to see many job specs that require this certification so I don’t know how CV enhancing it really is. However many job specs want knowledge of or familiarity with architecture frameworks such as TOGAF and Zachman, if you are not already fairly familiar with these then this course does provide a good overview and comparison of some frameworks.
Overall my assessment of the course / exam is as before – I think well worth while from the point of view of getting an overview of various architecture frameworks and the terminologies used, as well as meeting people from a variety of business backgrounds. This should assist with any requirement for knowledge of architecture frameworks / methodologies your current or future roles have. The caveat in terms of career value is that the certification itself seems to be in very low demand.
The heading from this post is actually an idea stolen from a Microsoft article.
Many of us love technology and genuinely want to solve the problems we are presented with. The challenge comes in ensuring the love of technology is tempered with keeping the requirements, and local skill sets etc. in mind.
The ‘perfect’ solution with the best performance, highest resilience, quickest recovery etc. may actually be far more than is required.
The perfect solution for the requirement in hand is the one that uses the minimum technology and is the simplest, while still meeting all the requirements.
So for all you architects and solutions guys and girls out there, whenever you have a problem or agreed set of requirements, make sure you meet them, but make sure you keep it simple as well.
Well I thought I should finally start a blog as I seem to have opinions about many things, and have spent a lot of time recently thinking about how we can improve IT solutions and security, and also how to get the best out of people by improving their working environment.
As for me, work wise I am a Technical Architect, which is basically like a ‘normal’ architect but I design IT solutions. I have a great interest in providing the best and most secure solutions to meet business needs / requirements.
You can find out more about my career and contact me about potential roles via my Linkedin profile;
Outside of work I my interests mostly revolve around music (all sorts), movies (again all sorts), photography, cycling and the gym. Not forgetting some great friends of course!
I’m also currently studying part time for my Masters in ‘Distributed Systems and Networks’ which I hope to finish in Jan 2012.
You can see some of the talks I am interested in via my TED profile;
I highly recommend TED; there are so many interesting and informative talks on there!