Breathing life into infrastructure

Helping to create IT infrastructure systems will be the role of "about three" senior solutions architects being sought by Carter Holt Harvey offshoot Oxygen.

Title: Senior solutions architect, Oxygen Business Solutions, Auckland

Function: Help build IT architectures by providing analysis, technical advice and recommendations.

Description: Matching the business requirements with technology, providing strong communication, working with a team and recommending technologies.

Dosh: $120,000 to $130,000

Helping to create IT infrastructure systems will be the role of “about three” senior solutions architects being sought by Carter Holt Harvey offshoot Oxygen.

The standalone entity looks after the IT systems of CHH and other businesses. The senior roles pay $120,000 to $130,000. Applications hostings manager Craig Bunyan says these are “very good, specialist jobs and you need quite a bit of experience”.

As architect for infrastructure and applications, the successful candidates will be responsible for providing analysis, technical advice and recommendations on current and new technology.

“They [will] have to develop an IT strategy and design components of that and relate that to an IT architecture and design the particular components of that architecture,” says Bunyan. “They have to address all the integration issues between the various systems and look at where the different technologies are going in the future.”

Bunyan is seeking people with a solid background in WANs and LANs, Windows 2000 and NT, Unix, storage area networks, Cisco and Oracle products, in particular, and knowledge of other hardware, applications and internet technologies.

The jobs also have a project management component because the architects will be involved in making sure these architectural components are integrated correctly and take into account how these components would be supported on an ongoing basis, he says. They would also need appropriate change control and configuration management skills.

Bunyan says applicants should come from an engineering or IT background with the equivalent degree. They should have experience in engineering or application development or large technical implementations. Their current jobs could involve infrastructure implementations around Windows 2000, email implementations and the like. Each of the roles could lead to being a chief architect or a business architect.

“Being able to translate the business requirements to technical requirements is the key - a good appreciation of a wide range of technologies and how they fit in and a good understanding of the future,” Bunyan says.

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