The role of the system architect

The last role that we will be discussing in this section, and one that you will only probably encounter when working on bigger projects or collaborating with large organizations, is the system architect. While software engineering teams focus on building the various components of the system, the architect is the one person who sees the big picture: what components comprise the system, how each component must be implemented, and how all the components fit and interact with each other.

In smaller companies, the role of the architect is usually fulfilled by one of the senior engineers. In larger companies, the architect is a distinct role that's filled by someone with both a solid technical background and strong ...

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