Being a solution architect often means that you are more or less completely detached from the world of operations. I have a few larger customers that I do hands-on for but it doesn’t happen that often. That is seriously affecting my chances to pass CCIE (and therefor kinda pushing me towards CCDE but let’s not talk about that right now). But more importantly, it’s making me a little sad. Operations is fun. Implementations are fun. I miss it.