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Architecture as a Service: Streamlined supply of architecture skills to meet unanticipated demand

Architecture as a Service Part 1

Technology architects are in high demand and short supply. Typically, financial services IT initiatives demand specialized knowledge and experience in multiple architectural facets/disciplines, such as application integration, data management or security management. The key issue companies’ face in staffing for architecture talent is twofold: 1) the capabilities of such specialists are only needed intermittently, so they are costly to keep on staff full time; and 2) the demand or need for a specific skill cannot always be identified at the start of an initiative.

A new model developed by Capco addresses both issues. With Architecture as a Service (AaaS), clients now have an alternative to hiring full-time staff architects, paying for full-time specialized consultants, or simply doing without. Capco’s AaaS allows clients to gain access to a talented pool of architects with deep and specialized experience in financial services IT. These architects are available on an as-needed basis, fractionally or full time, to support a client’s specific needs.

The key differentiating factor with this offering is that instead of committing to a fixed-time contract for a specific person or skill, clients purchase a block of architectural consulting hours that they can then use as needed. This approach provides access to a broader pool of experienced architects, at billing rates appropriate to their skills, role and experience.

The value of Capco’s AaaS is that clients can specify which specialized IT architect they need when they need it. For example, a financial services institution can request three different architects in fractional amounts for a specific project that may require diverse skill sets across data, governance or security. Or a bank that is modernizing its legacy systems can ask for an IT architect who specializes in applications to conduct an application portfolio assessment. Once that portion of the project is completed, another specialist can roll in to help with the application migration strategy.

In essence, the Capco AaaS model is very well orchestrated based on demand and skill set needs at any moment in time. Different architects roll in and roll out of projects to perform specific tasks as the work evolves or changes, which delivers the flexibility to retain an architect long term or roll them off as they complete a specific tasks.

By using specialized IT architects rather than resources with a more general IT background, the overall quality of the work performed is likely to be higher. Industry-seasoned architects can also offer valuable objectivity and a fresh perspective based on years of experience.

How do you fulfill your organization’s needs for specialized IT architects where the need is intermittent and not easy to anticipate? Join the discussion.


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