Plan the best computer network to suit a company's processes.
What does a Network Architect do?
As a Network Architect, you are charged with developing computer network systems that meet the needs of the company. This network might span the length of a few desks, or connect one group of computers in Chicago to another office in Singapore.
Computers, and specifically ways to let them communicate with each other, are your obsession as a Network Architect. You understand computer hardware components such as modems, routers, cables, hubs, and drivers. In addition, as a Network Architect, you are adept at a variety of software programs, both industry-specific and commonly used.
Your goal is to match the most efficient, cost-effective, and error-free software with the company’s specific business functions. This requires an evaluation of what the competition is doing, as well as an understanding of the long-term goals of the company.
In order to create vast networks, you evaluate the performance of different components, and match that information to the capacity goals of the company. For example, how far will the network span? How many users will have access to it? What types of security measures are required? You possess some telecommunications expertise, but work mainly with local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), internet portals, and email networks.
Once systems are in place, you test, maintain, and monitor them, solving problems as they occur. This position requires acute technical skills, a keen understanding of computers, and strong communication skills. You should be self-motivated and work well independently and as part of a team.