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Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, A by Elias K. Jo, Vikas Sharan, James Linn, Michael E. Stevens, Scott W. Ambler, James McGovern

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Architects Stand the Test of Time

While some people enter the technology field early in life, architects in many of the Fortune 500 enterprises tend to be older, a phenomenon we will refer to as the “wise dinosaur.” The fact that many organizations are pushing the notion of architects in their twenties is laughable. Those who are successful have figured out not only the technology aspects of enterprise architecture and how to sell them to management but also how to sell themselves.

Several career pointers arise when one thinks about the characteristics of those who are successful versus those who aren't. The first problem is the competition between old and young. Younger people grow up with new technologies, are generally cheaper to hire, say ...

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