Book Image

Cracking the IT Architect Interview

By : Sameer Paradkar
Book Image

Cracking the IT Architect Interview

By: Sameer Paradkar

Overview of this book

An architect attends multiple interviews for jobs or projects during the course of his or her career. This book is an interview resource created for designers, consultants, technical, solution, domain, enterprise, and chief architects to help them perform well in interview discussions and launch a successful career. The book begins by providing descriptions of architecture skills and competencies that cover the 12 key domains, including 350+ questions relating to these domains. The goal of this book is to cover all the core architectural domains. From an architect’s perspective, it is impossible to revise or learn about all these key areas without a good reference guide – this book is the solution. It shares experiences, learning, insights, and proven methodologies that will benefit practitioners, SMEs, and aspirants in the long run. This book will help you tackle the NFR domain, which is a key aspect pertaining to architecting applications. It typically takes years to understand the core concepts, fundamentals, patterns, and principles related to architecture and designs. This book is a goldmine for the typical questions asked during an interview and will help prepare you for success!
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

About the Reviewer

James D Miller is an IBM certified expert, creative innovator and accomplished director, senior project leader and application/system architect with more than 35 years of extensive applications and system design and development experience across multiple platforms and technologies. Experiences include introducing customers to new and sometimes disruptive technologies and platforms, integrating with IBM Watson Analytics, Cognos BI, TM1 and Web architecture design, systems analysis, GUI design and testing, database modelling and systems analysis, design, and development of OLAP, Client/Server, web and mainframe applications and systems utilizing: IBM Watson Analytics, IBM Cognos BI and TM1 (TM1 rules, TI, TM1Web and planning manager), Cognos Framework Manager, dynaSight - ArcPlan, ASP, DHTML, XML, IIS, MS Visual Basic and VBA, Visual Studio, PERL, SPLUNK, WebSuite, MS SQL Server, ORACLE, SYBASE Server, and so on.

Responsibilities have also included all aspects of Windows and SQL solution development and design including: analysis; GUI (and website) design; data modelling; table, screen/form and script development; SQL (and remote stored procedures and triggers) development/testing; test preparation and management and training of programming staff. Other experience includes development of ETL infrastructure such as data transfer automation between mainframe (DB2, Lawson, Great Plains, and so on.) systems and client/server SQL server and web-based applications and integration of enterprise applications and data sources.

Mr. Miller has acted as Internet Applications Development manager responsible for the design, development, QA and delivery of multiple wesites including online trading applications, warehouse process control and scheduling systems, administrative and control applications. Mr. Miller also was responsible for the design, development and administration of a web-based financial reporting system for a 450 million dollar organization, reporting directly to the CFO and his executive team.

Mr. Miller has also been responsible for managing and directing multiple resources in various management roles including project and team leader, lead developer and applications development director.

Jim has authored Cognos TM1 Developers Certification Guide, Mastering Splunk, Learning IBM Watson Analytics, and a number of whitepapers on best practices such as Establishing a Center of Excellence and continues to post blogs on a number of relevant topics based upon personal experiences and industry best practices. 

Jim is a perpetual learner continuing to pursue experiences and certifications, currently holding the following current technical certifications:

IBM Certified Business Analyst - Cognos TM1

IBM Cognos TM1 Master 385 Certification (perfect score 100% on exam)

IBM Certified Advanced Solution Expert - Cognos TM1

IBM Cognos TM1 10.1 Administrator Certification C2020-703 (perfect score 100% on exam)

IBM OpenPages Developer Fundamentals C2020-001-ENU (98% on exam)

IBM Cognos 10 BI Administrator C2020-622 (98% on exam)

IBM Cognos 10 BI Professional C2020-180

He has the following specialties, the evaluation and introduction of innovative and disruptive technologies, Cloud migration, IBM Watson Analytics, Big Data, Data Visualizations, Cognos BI and TM1 application Design and Development, OLAP, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Forecasting and Planning; International Application Development, Business Intelligence, Project Development & Delivery and process improvement.

I would like to thank Nanette L. Miller: “...who is always on my mind and always in my heart…”