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Solutions Architect Azure

Cognizant Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Posted: 10 Jun 2024


  • Salary unspecified
  • Zero income tax location


  • Office Only
  • Visa Provided


  • Experience: Senior
  • English: Professional


About the job
Principal Architect

Bachelors in science, engineering, or equivalent


Innovation and Thought Leadership

  • Participate in external forums (seminars, paper presentation, etc.) to showcase Cognizant capabilities and insights.
  • Interact and engage with customers/ partners around new innovative ideas, concepts, assets, as well as industry trends and implications.
  • Participate in Beta testing of products / joint lab setup with the customer to explore the application of new technologies/products.
  • Identify areas where components/accelerators or design patterns could be reused across different accounts.
  • Create documents, reports, white papers (international/national) on the research findings.

Technology Consulting

  • Define Problem statement for the customer.
  • Analyze application/technology landscape, process, tools, and arrive at the solution options best fit for the client.
  • Analyze Cost Vs Benefits of solution options.
  • Define the technology/architecture roadmap for the client.
  • Articulate the cost vs. benefits of options to key stakeholders in the customer.

Alliance Management

  • Identify alliance partners based on the understanding of service offerings and client requirements.
  • Identify areas for joint GTM with the partner.
  • Develop internal capabilities/complementary toolsets to support the GTM strategy.
  • Maintain the relationship with partners.
  • Act as the Cognizant technical POC for the specific technology/solution area.

Knowledge Management & Capability Development

  • Provide inputs to teams for training, etc.
  • Identify the training needs and conduct internal sessions to meet them.
  • Partner with Cognizant academy to Create curriculum, assessments, training programs, courseware based on new service offerings/solutions, etc.
  • Update collateral on to the knowledge management repository.
  • Gain and cultivate domain expertise to provide the best and optimized solution to the customer.

Project Control and Review

  • Perform architecture design review.
  • Identify opportunities for optimization of cost/time/asset utilization in complex projects and advise relevant teams accordingly where possible.
  • Provide advice to teams facing complex technical issues in the course of project delivery.
  • Conduct planned and unplanned technical audits for complex projects as applicable.
  • Define and measure project/program specific architectural and technology quality metrics.

People Management

  • Provide support to various project managers in the identification of training needs of their subordinates.
  • Conduct training/certifications with the help of the academy and mentoring regarding technical skills on projects.
  • Support technical evaluation of external and internal candidates to meet project requirements.
  • Perform career guidance and performance management for team members.

Asset Development and Governance

  • Provide thought leadership in conceptualizing the need and design of assets.
  • Track the implementation of assets.
  • Improve asset effectiveness.
  • Improve deployment effectiveness.

Sales Support and Project Estimation

  • Develop collaterals for proposals.
  • Conduct workshops at the client site to assist the sales team in sales support, if required.
  • Compare various designs and propose appropriate technology solutions based on the understanding of the RFP and inputs from Architects.
  • Calculate and present estimates based on high-level designs to management for supporting go/nogo decisions.
  • Review estimations and resource plan.
  • Review risk and mitigation plan.
  • Anchor proposal development with cross-linkages across multiple competency units and arrive at a coherent solution, unique value propositions, and clear differentiators.
  • Participate in client presentation and client visits.

New Service Design

  • Identify potential opportunities for new service offerings based on customer voice/partner inputs/industry connects and trends.
  • Support the development of a business case for investments for approval from senior management.
  • Work with partners to co-develop a joint GTM (as applicable).
  • Develop IP/tools and framework to address the opportunity technically.
  • Conduct beta testing / POC as applicable.
  • Develop collaterals, guides for GTM.

Requirement Gathering and Analysis

  • Understand the requirements from a larger system/transformation program context.
  • Validate the cross-application/cross-technology requirements to ensure integratability and reconciliation of conflicting requirements by working with customers and other stakeholders.

Solution Definition & Design

  • Ensure alignment of the high-level architecture with the existing client need and business logic/review design prepared by architects.
  • Ensure the involvement of the right teams in solution design.
  • Ensure technical integratability, requirements compliance of the solution, especially in the case of a multi-group/multi-vendor program.
  • Involve external partners/horizontals as appropriate.
  • Provide guidance to solution architect around usage of patterns/anti-patterns in the solution.
  • Ensure CTS architecture principles and QOA(Quality of Architecture) are maintained.
  • Analyze tradeoffs and provide recommendations if any, on the solution architecture.
  • Identify opportunities for efficiency improvements (e.g., automation), risk reduction in the transformation process.
  • Understand the various workstreams and the technologies necessary to deliver on large programs.
  • Resolve any issues based on industry expertise/partners leverage.
  • Provide best-in-class technology and solution options to customers with detailed examples and case studies.
  • Guide the customer on process and technology improvements to achieve agility and quick results.

Stakeholder Management

  • Build credibility with the client as a technical goto person.
  • Work to expand the professional network in the client organization.

Project Management Support

  • Proactive identification and management of technical risks.

Must Have Skills

  • Databricks SQL
  • Databricks Workflows
  • Azure Data Lake Store
  • PySpark

Good To Have Skills

  • Spark in Scala
  • Databricks Workspace Admin
  • Databricks CLI
  • Databricks Unity Catalog
  • Delta Live Pipelines
  • Structured Streaming
  • Kafka
  • Azure Monitor
  • Azure Key Vault
  • Azure DevOps
  • Azure Event Hub
  • Python
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About Cognizant

Cognizant is a global leader in business and technology services, helping clients bring the future of work to life. With over 347,700 employees worldwide, we specialize in transforming experiences, reimagining processes, and modernizing technology across various industries.

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