The virtual Chief Technology Officer
By asking questions such as these samples, the ARB can effectively act as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the company. If the company has a CTO, he or she should be the chairperson of the board. To reach maximum effectiveness, the ARB must do the following:
- Understand where the business is heading, and relate business plans to the technical direction the ARB is responsible for setting.
- "Commission" the development of high-level technology plans for each of the major architectural layers.
- Comment on the overall fit of proposed projects to the technical direction.
- Ensure that all aspects of architecture have been addressed, including enterprise-wide security/privacy policies and application contingency planning. ...