Library for IT Architects Opens

The first "library" devoted to IT architects has opened in cyberspace. The IT Architect Skills Library is a Web site with resources describing what it takes to gain "architect" professional status, and it's available to the general public for free.

The International Association of Software Architects (IASA), a 5,000-member association that collaborated on the project with Microsoft, cut the virtual ribbon for the library. The Web site reflects the involvement of 75 architects from around the world, who were commissioned for the task by Microsoft.

Microsoft got involved in the library as a way to help more people learn about the somewhat mysterious ways of IT architects.

"Microsoft is partnering with the IASA, an international community of IT architects, to help provide more guidance aimed at growing developers and engineers along the path of becoming an IT architect," explained Deborah Kerman, program manager for Microsoft Learning.

In order to participate in the site's development, the architects selected for the project had to have 10 or more years of experience in IT architecture, along with a minimum of three years of direct experience in the topics they covered.

Architects themselves don't appear to be settled on exactly what they do. For instance, the site contains a segment questioning whether architects should do coding.

For more information about becoming an architect, visit the library at

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Kurt Mackie is online news editor, Enterprise Group, at 1105 Media Inc.