Technical Architect

Technical Architect


Hi, I’m Derek Harvie. I’m a technical architect
for the BBC. A technical architect helps
design and develop idea for systems, both
hardware and software, and the infrastructure used
throughout applications. We feed into a higher level
strategic infrastructure decisions and also
common platform decisions that we’ve got across the BBC. Therefore the technical
architect role does have some sort of authority in terms of
helping to choose the future of the BBC’s technology. The infrastructure in the
BBC, well, it’s fixed. So flexible in terms
of what we can build with the things that we get. We have a Java service layer
that allows us to build up sort of high-scale database systems. But then we have PHP front
end layer that allows us to develop nice-looking, sort
of pretty sites to allow people to play with the
games that we build, but also to develop
good-looking websites. Our work is part of the
interactive gaming team, and we provide game
services for the BBC. Mastermind, Wallace &
Grommit, and other CBBC games. As part of my role, we’ll deploy
technology from other parts of the business to make
a better game service, and to also to help
feed into those roadmaps for those other services. The best thing about
my job is that I get to work alongside the teams
that are developing the games and the ideas for games,
and also to help them come up with better ideas of
things to provide in games. And the best way is to work with
the BBC services we provide. Previous to joining the BBC,
I worked as Java programmer. It allowed me to join the BBC as
a role of a software engineer, and developing web
sites and applications. And I progressed through to
technical project manager and then finally
technical architect. My previous role as the
engineer has allowed me to bring through agile methodologies and
also sort of common practices that have allowed me to grow and
develop within the BBC as well. If somebody asked me if
they wanted a job in the BBC in future media technology, I’d
say it’s definitely worth it for the experience and for
the range of different people and teams that you work
with, and the different skill and experiences, opportunities that are available
to you here at BBC.


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