In this article, we meet Robert Azzopardi, our resident Systems Architect at Smart Technologies.
Hi Robert, can you tell us something about your career background?
Well, I have been involved in IT for the past twenty years, during which I have gathered extensive hands-on experience in developing and implementing IT infrastructure solutions. During this period I have also acquired quite a lot of knowledge and competencies in Storage Design, Virtualization, and Stretched Clusters. Moreover, I’ve done a lot of work on Business Continuity and High Availability, aimed at sustaining implementations for complex business requirements. I’ve also been fortunate in acquiring considerable experience working with HPe. Throughout my career, I have worked with a cross-section of customers coming from sectors such as finance, banking, shipping, logistics, and manufacturing.
How has your background prepared you for what you are doing right now at Smart Technologies?
Overall, these experiences have given me the tools to be able to collaborate successfully with our clients to bring their projects to life, particularly as regards my ability to manage projects, provide consulting and the requirements gathering aspect of my role as Systems Architect.
Could you please explain to our followers what the role of a Systems Architect entails?
The Systems Architect’s role is considered vital to the success, design, delivery, and support of any IT project. Not only do we create and implement computer systems and networks for organizations, but we also analyze desired processes, and recommend the right combination of IT components to achieve a specific goal. As such we are expected to understand the desired business strategy and outcome, map out and simplify the range of outcomes, design the right architecture, understand integrations, interfaces, and interactions, and advise project teams on recommended solutions.