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Mainframe Cloud Application Architect


Introduction As an IBM Application Architect, you directly help clients transform their business and solve complex problems. You will define the scope and vision for projects that deliver customi


As an IBM Application Architect, you directly help clients transform their business and solve complex problems. You will define the scope and vision for projects that deliver customized solutions using your knowledge of IBM platforms. You are a technical leader, serving as a liaison among business partners, technical resources, and project stakeholders.

Your Role and Responsibilities

  • Analyze client current state, define key outcomes, define/revise IT strategy, design conceptual solutions, plan and execute design and implementation work (with support from technical specialists), while accounting for time, cost and quality targets.
  • Accountable for successful delivery of highly complex, multi-disciplined consulting engagements that deliver lasting and measurable value to clients.
  • Develop a point of view, capture, prioritize and analyze technical (functional and non-functional) requirements.
  • Possess strong leadership skills and further the evolution of intellectual capital assets and developing practice resources.
  • Assemble and lead a team of consultants and architects with engagement management oversight.
  • Manage the engagement contracts to terms and conditions.
  • Educate, mentor and coach teamsin applying consulting techniques.
  • Facilitate and capture lessons learned from engagements to update methodologies and assets.
  • Conduct consulting lunch and learns to disseminate knowledge.
  • Lead the effort to expand service offerings.
  • Manage and lead multi-discipling complex engagements with multiple teams.
  • Lead a group of individuals to ensure they are mentored, have skills, objectives and learning plans along with support to attain utilization KPIs.
  • Be a recognized though leader inside of IBM and outside in the market.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

Ability to architect for common Mainframe and hybrid-cloud use cases.

Migration of existing workloads in-place, traditional mainframe, zCloud and hybrid-cloud platforms Comprehensive Platform Modernization strategies like; Modernize in-place, ‘Wrap legacy’, Micro-services, Event Driven and Cloud native development Experience with data strategies like VSAM to Relational, IMS to Db2, database replication, and data isolation of Software modernization and language conversion experience like;IBM COBOL to Micro-Focus, IDMS/Adabase to COBOL, COBOL to Java, RPG to Java, etc..

Cost optimization strategies for existing mainframe and hybrid-cloud accounts Networking between mainframe platforms and the datacenter or other clouds. Automating operations Using customer ThirdParty DevOps Tools.

Experience leading teams (not necessarily management).

Strong organizational and prioritization skills.

Ability to communicate clearly in both written and verbal presentations.

Interpreting requirements and creating solutions.

Candidates should have or be able to easily obtain at least Associate Architect certification.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

In depth understanding IT applications, workloads, and modern engineering methods such as containers, automation and resiliency.

Led detailed design sessions to outline implementation tasks.

Experience advising senior business and technical leaders to adopt innovative ways to drive enterprise digital transformation efforts.

Routinely required to be involved in selling ranging from initial client exploratory meeting, gathering requirements, structuring solution bid, and ramping up the team for execution.

Hands on experience with key technologies.

Ability to articulate key technologies’ impact on security, availability, cost, capacity, etc…

Experience in Agile (Kanban, SAFe, and Scrum).

Project Management Experience.

Experience with various IT Operating Models and building organizations to deploy and support key technologies

DevOps and CI/CD tooling (particularly in the context of cloud or containers).

About Business Unit

IBM Consulting is IBM’s consulting and global professional services business, with market leading capabilities in business and technology transformation. With deep expertise in many industries, we offer strategy, experience, technology, and operations services to many of the most innovative and valuable companies in the world. Our people are focused on accelerating our clients’ businesses through the power of collaboration. We believe in the power of technology responsibly used to help people, partners and the planet.

Your Life @ IBM

In a world where technology never stands still, we understand that, dedication to our clients success, innovation that matters, and trust and personal responsibility in all our relationships, lives in what we do as IBMers as we strive to be the catalyst that makes the world work better.

Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment everyday, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide on-going feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions everyday is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome focused approach within everything that they do.

Are you ready to be an IBMer?

This job requires you to provide your COVID-19 vaccination status with supporting documentation, where legally permissible.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.

Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business.

At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location Statement

IBM wants you to bring your whole self to work and for you this might mean the ability to work flexibly. If you are interested in a flexible working pattern, please talk to our recruitment team to find out if this is possible in the current working environment.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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