My work, BMC Software, Inc. has a lot (7) of what they call “Client Architect” positions open. We have several types of architects, but this one appears to be a high level tech-sales type: working closely with customers to help them fit our software into their business and process, of course, with the goal of making those customer’s IT more effective and, as I always like to throw out, money-makin’.
Put another way, it seems to align nicely with the advice I gave in one of my recent posts, The Disappearing SysAdmin and Enterprise Software Vendors: enterprise software is increasingly more about people and service, and less about the exact software. Or, as “Friends of DrunkAndRetired,” RedMonk put it, “focusing on business and operational context rather than speeds and feeds and feature tick-lists.”
The recruiter who posted on Austin JUG (no link yet) said “[t]his is a critical role within the company and they pay these Architects bases from $110k-125k with 35% incentive component.”