Strategy and Architecture Jobs

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The Strategy and Architecture category covers the following skills:

Strategy and Architecture

Information Strategy

Corporate governance of IT (GOVN)

The planning and implementation of initiatives and procedures to ensure that the IT services used by an organisation, and the technology which supports them, deliver value, are efficient in use of resources, and are compliant with all relevant legislation and regulations. The implementation of systems and IT controls to measure performance, manage risk and ensure that IT and the business work together to support the business purpose.

Information Management (IRMG)

The overall management of the control and exploitation of all kinds of information, structured and unstructured, to meet the needs of an organisation. Control encompasses development and promotion of the strategy and policies covering the design of information structures and taxonomies, the setting of policies for the sourcing and maintenance of the data content, the management and storage of information in all its forms and th analysis of information structure (including logical analysis of taxonomies, data and metadata). Includes the overall responsibility for compliance with regulations, standards and codes of good practice relating to information and documentation, records management, information assurance and data protection. Exploitation encompasses the use of information, whether produced internally or externally, to support decision-making and business processes. It includes management and decision making structures to ensure consistency throughout the organisation, information retrieval, combination, analysis, pattern recognition and interpretation.

Information systems coordination (ISCO)

Typically within a large organisation in which the information strategy function is devolved to autonomous units, or within a collaborative enterprise of otherwise independent organisations, the coordination of information strategy matters where the adoption of a common approach (such as shared services) would benefit the organisation.

Information policy formation (DPRO)

The development of policies, procedures, working practices and training to promote compliance with legislation regulating the holding, use and disclosure of personal data.

Information security (SCTY)

The management of, and provision of expert advice on, the selection, design, justification, implementation and operation of information security controls and management strategies to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, availability, accountability and relevant compliance of information systems.

Information assurance (INAS)

The leadership and oversight of information assurance, setting high level strategy and policy, to ensure stakeholder confidence that risk to the integrity of information in storage and transit is managed pragmatically, appropriately and in a cost effective manner.

Information analysis (INAN)

The ability to discover and quantify patterns in data of any kind, including numbers, symbols, text, sound and image. The relevant techniques include statistical and data mining or machine learning methods such as rule induction, artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms and automated precis systems.

Information content publishing (ICPM)

The management and tuning of the processes that collect, assemble and publish information, including in unstructured and semi-structured forms, for delivery to the user at the point at which it is needed.

Advice and guidance

Consultancy (CNSL)

The provision of advice, assistance, and guidance in any area associated with the planning, procurement, provision, delivery, management, maintenance or effective use of information systems and their environments. Can deal with one specific aspect of IT and the business, or can be wide ranging and address strategic business issues.

Technical specialism (TECH)

The management of, and provision of expert advice on a specific technical specialism. Examples of specialism can be any technology, technique, method, product or application area.

Business / IT strategy and planning

Research (RSCH)

The advancement of knowledge in one or more fields of IT by innovation, experimentation, evaluation and dissemination, carried out in pursuit of a predetermined set of research goals.

Innovation (INOV)

The capability to recognise and exploit business opportunities provided by IT, (for example, the Internet), to ensure more efficient and effective performance of organisations, to explore possibilities for new ways of conducting business and organisational processes, and to establish new businesses.

Business process improvement (BPRE)

The identification of new and alternative approaches to performing business activities. The analysis of business processes, including recognition of the potential for automation of the processes, assessment of the costs and potential benefits of the new approaches considered and, where appropriate, management of change, and assistance with implementation

Enterprise architecture (STPL)

The creation, communication and improvement of the key principles, methods and models that describe the enterprise's future state and enable its evolution. The scope of the enterprise architecture process involves the interpretation of business goals, drivers and strategies, the assessment of the current capabilities of the people, processes, information and technology of the enterprise, and the determination of how these relate to one another and to the external environment. The process supports the formation of the constraints, standards and guiding principles required to define, assure and govern the required evolution and the transitional processes that facilitate predictable transition to the intended state through information-enabled change in the organisation's structure, business processes, information systems and infrastructure.

Business risk management (BURM)

The planning and implementation of organisation-wide processes and procedures for the management of operational risk.

Technical strategy and planning

Solution architecture (ARCH)

The development and communication of structural frameworks (hardware, software and other components) which meet the present and future requirements of an organisation, and the interrelationships between these components. The design of solutions required to automate business processes and resolve business issues in a particular business or functional area. The provision of direction and guidance on all technical aspects of the development of, and modifications to, information systems to ensure that they take account of relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards and practices and that existing and planned systems and IT infrastructure remain compatible.

Emerging technology monitoring (EMRG)

The identification of new and emerging hardware, software and communication technologies and products, services, methods and techniques and the assessment of their relevance and potential value to an organisation. The promotion of emerging technology awareness among staff and business management.

Continuity management (COPL)

The provision of service continuity planning and support. This includes the identification of information systems which support critical business processes, the assessment of risks to those systems' availability, integrity and confidentiality and the co-ordination of planning, designing, testing and maintenance procedures and contingency plans to address exposures and maintain agreed levels of continuity. This function should be performed as part of, or in close cooperation with, the function which plans business continuity for the whole organisation.

Software development process improvement (SPIM)

The provision of advice, assistance and leadership in improving the quality of software development, by focusing on process definition, management, repeatability and measurement. The facilitation of improvements by changing approaches and working practices, typically using recognised models such as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), the Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination Model (SPICE), Test Process Improvement (TPI) and Test Maturity Model (TMM).

Network planning (NTPL)

The creation and maintenance of overall network plans, encompassing the communication of data, voice, text and image, in the support of an organisation's business strategy. This includes participation in the creation of service level agreements and the planning of all aspects of infrastructure necessary to ensure provision of network services to meet such agreements. Physical implementation may include copper wire, fibre-optic, wireless, or any other technology.

Methods and tools (METL)

Ensuring that appropriate methods and tools for the planning, development, testing, operation, management and maintenance of systems are adopted and used effectively throughout the organisation.