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I'm having trouble finding any information regarding the job title "platform architect". What is the difference between it and a solution architect?

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If the roles are at the same company - ask that company. If the roles are at different companies then they could be exactly the same role but with different names. –  ChrisF Nov 27 '11 at 0:29

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I would take Solution architect to be the person responsible for designing the specific system for a particular problem, which might be based on a particular platform.

A Platform architect would be responsible for designing the platform which a common set of systems would be based.

An Enterprise architect would be responsible for all the platform's in an enterprise, determining how they fit together.

However, in practice, this is going to be entirely subjective, with an enormous overlap between the different roles, from company to company.

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For what it's worth, in the 10+ years I've been in IT I've never heard of the term "Platform Architect" before. Having said that your answer sounds reasonable. –  Adrian K Jun 25 '11 at 1:21
+1 Chris Wilson, Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer Platform, wrote a blog post describing his new role, and it seems Microsoft defines the role as you do. –  Yannis Rizos Nov 26 '11 at 23:52

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