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A software architect is a developer who is responsible for the high-level design and strategic planning of new software products. This can include hardware planning as well as the design methodology of the code.
The software architect position is considerably a newer post that has evolved after the introduction of multitier applications. The role of a software architect may also include devising of technical standards, including coding standards, tools or platforms. A number of tools are available in the market that allow the software architect to manage and develop a program or application smoothly and uninterruptedly. The job responsibilities also include managerial and non-functional aspects as well as technical considerations such as technology strategy, compatibility, interoperability, support, deployment, upgrade policies and end-user environments.