Who are software architects ?

I found a really nice definition of what means to be a software architect.

The role of the IT architect is to solve a problem by defining a system that can be implemented using technology. Good architects define systems by applying abstract knowledge and proven methods to a set of technologies with the goal of creating an extendible and maintainable solution.

Below is a picture that represents the skill areas of an architect.

 

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