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The Data Architect: the data processing specialist
What does a modern Data Architect's profile look like, and where can you find them?

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Data Architect

Data is becoming a more important asset for every organization. The most important tasks and responsibilities of the Data Warehouse architect, or data architect, include:

  • ensuring that professionals can maintain the data in the right way, including associated master data and metadata.
  • ensuring that data is saved securely so that only those with authorization can access it.
  • ensuring that employees can access data quickly, reliably, and securely, for everyone in the organization.

These are the most essential responsibilities of a data architect. But of course there’s much more to be said about the optimal design of data architecture and its associated competencies and tools.

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Is the data warehouse architect still necessary?

Developments in the field of data are happening quickly. There’s a strong tendency to fully automate the unlocking of sources in the data warehouse. Many self-service BI solutions have their own (in-memory) solutions to let users work with data quickly and simply. The solution to many Big Data questions is: throw it in a data lake, then we’ll decide what to do with the data and how to define it later. So the question is: do we still need a data warehouse architect?

The Data Architect & the digital data revolution

Passionned Group believes that a data warehouse architect is more essential than ever before. Careful consideration about the unlocking of data, singular definitions (metadata), and making data safely and securely accessible, are the keys to success for real data-driven organizations. Architects that think and work from data are more needed than ever. The data warehouse architects are caught in the middle of the digital data revolution.

The role of the DWH architect is changing

Role of a data warehouse architect

Because there is more and more data, as well as BI solutions, the role of the DWH architect is becoming more important. But it’s under an increasing amount of pressure because of the automation of many BI processes. We’re seeing the role of the data warehouse architect shift to that of a Data Architect. Which important factors should be considered?

Data that makes your organization more data-driven

There are many developments on-going, especially on a technological level. An ever-growing number of data sources is being automatically unlocked, and a growing number of sources have to be linked. More systems and processes need data faster, and in greater volumes.

It still happens too many times that all this data is saved under the motto “just save it, maybe we’ll need it later.” The growth of data is enormous and the current data centers and storage solutions are still having difficulties handling the demand. The solution is in the Cloud. Unfortunately, this comes with its own caveats. How do you get the data there, does it fit in your data architecture, and what about privacy?

The Data Architect can make the difference

There’s still too little thought given to whether the data that people want to save will really be structurally necessary or relevant after x amount of years. The data warehouse architect is the one who makes the difference there, by looking critically at data. And they make the difference by saving data “neutrally”, and especially, together with the business, to look at which insights are necessary at which points in the company process.

Collecting data is simple, but using it correctly is difficult. Only the modern data architect can make the difference in this.

How do you become a (modern) data warehouse architect

The data warehouse environment is changing quickly, and the data warehouse architect plays an increasingly important role in this. They have to over not just the technical side, but also understand the business well and explain the concepts. That’s why Passionned Group developed a three-day course Data Warehouse and Data Governance. We also offer this as an in-company workshop. Contact us for more information.

Knowledge base for the Data Architect

Aside from taking training courses, you can access our extensive knowledge base. Here, you can find information about the latest developments in data warehousing and data-driven working, among other things. There are also various books that discuss Business Analytics, Data Science, and information-driven working. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Technological and business developments sometimes go hand-in-hand and reinforce each other. The most important trends we’re seeing for a DWH architect include:

It’s essential to make the right choices in data architecture and governance. Using the BI & Analytics Guide, we’ve been helping organizations to get a better understanding of the ETL and BI tools market for over 10 years.

Profile of the modern data warehouse architect

A data warehouse architect has to possess thorough technical know-how combined with ample communicative skills and persuasive power. The DWH architect being squirreled away in some corner of a department or stuck in an ivory tower is really a thing of the past now. The most important skills are:

With this foundation, the data warehouse architect is capable of helping organizations implement data provision correctly, securely, and privacy-proof.

Do you want to hire a Data Architect?

There are plenty of opportunities to hire Data architects. But Passionned Group only works with data warehouse architects with a broad range of experience with data modeling and countless data architectures. Data modeling has various schools of thought. We aren’t biased towards any one of them, but work based on the information needs and maturity of the organization. What direction we go in depends on the outcome of the process and questions. We don’t assume anything. Our independence allows us to make the right choices with you like no others.

Our unique formula allows us to quickly introduce you to a DWH architect. After making a choice, we can usually complete the process within 48 hours. If you want to know more, or you have questions about an interim Data Architect, feel free to contact us.

Are you an interim DWH architect looking for work?

Passionned Group is regularly looking for experienced DWH architects to help its clients. Are you such a candidate, and do you want to broaden your horizon? We’d love to invite you for a conversation.

Do you have any lingering questions?

Do you have any questions as a data (warehouse) architect, or the hiring of one? Are you unsure of how to broaden your knowledge? Or maybe you have a general question about analytics. Feel free to contact us and let us tell you what we have to offer.

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