The Open Group Conference - San Diego 2011

Structured Program to Groom Enterprise Architects in a Large IT Service Organization

Santosh Mohanty
VP and Head of Components Engineering Group, Tata Consultancy Services , India

Santosh writes:-

In July 2009, we initiated EA STAR program with a mission to enable our high-performing senior employees to take up enterprise-level solution consulting and architectural leadership positions in our customer engagement. We set stringent target for ourselves during the year: to identify a team of 500 senior employees who can be positioned (or has the potential to be positioned) at CxO-level architecture advisory and leadership positions in our customer engagements. The approximate distribution of these target positions is: 50% for large-scale solution delivery and implementation assurance, 40% to drive opportunity creation and large-deal wins and 10% in CIO/CTO equivalent roles in customer organization.

To this effect, the program was planned in three major steps:

  • On-Boarding: To identify senior high-performing employees who can take up enterprise architect level role
  • Enablement: To broaden the employee capabilities in multiple dimensions and groom them to be positioned in architectural leadership role
  • Positioning: To map employees to the customer account and new opportunities, and proactively drive them in customer-facing lead architectural role so that they can exhibit their solution envisioning and architectural leadership skills in formal customer interactions & engagements

The business leadership team proactively steered the EA STAR candidates of their unit into architecture leadership positions at an appropriate level with customers.

Santosh Mohanty

Santosh Mohanty has 24 years of industry, research and teaching experience with a wide spectrum of expertise that includes Business Strategy, Business Unit Management, Partner Collaboration, Analysts Relation, Corporate Research & Development, Coaching and Leadership Grooming.

He has a PhD in Mathematical Sciences and a MS in Computational Mathematics from Northern Illinois University, USA.

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