Product Architect captures market and technology requirements and then defines and validates the feature configuration rules for physically designing products. Product Architect ensures that design is performed with a complete understanding of a product’s market and technical objectives.
As products become increasingly complex with costly mechanical, electrical, and software capabilities, customers are demanding products that fulfill their unique needs at the lowest possible cost. To stay ahead of the latest innovations and market trends, companies must transition from traditional design processes to an approach that supports the definition of conceptual product architectures for highly variable configurations. It is necessary to manage growth of existing products while introducing new variations that meet the latest market needs.
Product Architect helps manufacturers of complex products manage the conceptual and commercial aspects of their products while maximizing the reuse of existing intellectual property (IP) and assets. Product Architect can define a generic product architecture to control custom choices and product costs. Users define and manage a master feature-option dictionary that standardizes and enforces reuse of parts and design.
Product Manager, Product Architect, and Product Engineer are often used together by companies to develop and launch the right solution at the right time. They collectively increase company efficiency while reducing time to market. Product Manager is used to articulate and plan the company’s product objectives and strategy. Product Architect systematically designs the product architecture to meet the product objectives and strategy. Finally, Product Engineer executes and implements physical solutions that meet the design goals set with Product Architect.