dcsimg

Career Story: Computer Systems Architect For A Large Financial Services Company

Computer Systems Architect For A Large Financial Services Company

Job Title: Computer Systems Architect

Education: BA in Computer Science. I have also taken lots of internal and external training courses (management, Oracle, etc).

Previous Experience: Immediately after college, I became a full-time Software Consultant with a large international business software/IT consulting firm. I remained there for 17 years, averaging about one client per year. We developed business software systems for clients in all areas of business: financial services, manufacturing, government, and utilities. I also had a variety of roles, including project manager, technical architect, and testing manager. Before I moved to a non-consulting job, I had transitioned into an Oracle DBMS (Database Managament Software) specialist. This led to my next full-time position as a DBA (Database Administrator) manager at a financial services firm. After I returned from a short maternity leave, I moved to the enterprise architecture group.

Job Tasks: My current company is the world's leading provider of financial services to institutional investors. Our range of services spans the entire investment spectrum, including research, investment management, trading services and investment servicing. The company serve as a custodian for $14.9 trillion in assets.

Typical tasks/projects: As a systems architect, I provide advice to other development teams. The teams may either be developing new software applications, may be looking to improve an existing application, or may need help solving an existing problem. I mostly specialize in performance benchmarking methodology and execution which, in simpler terms, is helping teams to determine the performance they need out of their systems (numbers of users, transactions per second/per day), and then developing ways to test and measure it. Our team then analyzes the results, and provides recommendations for improvements. With my Oracle background, I often perform the Oracle analysis. I also participate in special projects as they come up. I am also currently working with a group of teams to develop batch processing standards for a large integration project.

Essential tasks make up about 90% of my day with the remainder devoted to administrative tasks.

I do not travel, except between our local offices.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best: I LOVE the variety; I am never bored. Financial systems are a very fast-based environment, and we have new development happening continuously. I am always learning new things, and I meet new people all the time. As an architect, I don't generally work weekends or evenings because I don't actually build nor support software systems. The only exception is when we are working on a large proof of concept or performance test that has a tight deadline, and we need to complete it quickly to keep a project on track.

Worst: Can't think of one. Any issues I have are with particular people or situations, not with the job itself.

Job Tips:
1. You need to work in the trenches first...you can't just get an education and become a software architect. You must have real-life experience first.

2. You need to continually learn so take advantage of training and education opportunites. Most companies will pay for night classes. Also, take advantage of internal training whenever available.

3. Get a variety of experiences.

4. Learn from others, whether peers or managers. Consulting was great for this. I was very lucky to always work with very bright, motivated people.

5. Be optimistic, while practical. Managers and peers love to work with someone who is happy to be there. Remember, you will probably spend more time at work than you spend with your wife/husband or best friend.

6. Volunteer, especially for special projects if available. It is a great opportunity for networking, and you'll probably learn something as well.

7. Keep your life balanced. Exercise.

Popular Schools offering Systems Analyst Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads
Platt College
Anaheim, Ontario, Riverside

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Programs: Information Technology Associate's Degree
  • Degrees: Associate

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).

  • Programs: Instructional Technology Specialist Certification
  • Degrees: Certificate
ABCO Technology
Los Angeles

ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment.

  • Programs: Security, Networking and Security
  • Degrees: Certificate

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Information Technology (BS) (Online)
  • Degrees: Bachelor
Coleman University
San Diego

Advance your information technology career with a respected degree from Coleman University.

  • Programs: Master of Information Systems
  • Degrees: Master

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

  • Programs: Information Systems - MBA (Master's), Information Systems - Bachelor, Information Systems - MSIS (Master's), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate

You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.iot.edu/disclosure

  • Programs: Microsoft Systems and Security Analyst
  • Degrees: Certificate

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

  • Programs: Cybersecurity (Professional Science Masters) - Online
  • Degrees: Master

San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.

  • Programs: Degree - Computer Systems Administration
  • Degrees: Associate
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Computer Systems Analysts, including:

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104