The other week, The Open Group kicked off their signature Enterprise Architecture Conference in San Francisco. I always enjoy these conferences as it allows me to connect with seasoned and high caliber peers in the Enterprise Architecture community. However, these events aren’t just fun and games for me it’s an opportunity to make an impact on the profession. I had an action packed week that included the following:
- Presentations. I had the privilege of co-presenting the morning keynote [abstract here] with one of my clients and a thought leader in the area of Business Architecture. Wrapping up the morning the AM keynote presenters got on a panel to discuss future trends and technologies.
- Standards. I spent a half day on the overall next version of TOGAF and then another two full days leading the Business Architecture workshops to advance Business Architecture within TOGAF.
- Lots and lots of conversations. Great dialogs with EA’s. I have to say, I learn something new every time I go to one of these conferences.
Like others in the recent past the Open Group has taken on an industry focus for these quarterly conferences. The goal here is to provide a much tailored experience to EA’s in those specific industries. This time around it was Healthcare. Like most of these conferences there was a broad international representations from nations such as: UK, US, Columbia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and many others.
The Open Group has posted two summaries are well, I would suggest taking a look at them. I wasn’t going to duplicate much of what they covered since they did such a good job. See below:
Even though there was a vertical focus the Open Group did cover additional areas around the profession of EA, forward looking views on the industry and architecture topics like big data and cloud.
Included in that were a series of announcements:
- Business Development: Q4 2013, The Open Group had 45,000 individual members in 134 countries hailing from 449 member companies in 38 countries worldwide.
- New Certification: US Federal Government sanctioned Secure Global Supply Chain Standard Open Group Trusted Technology Provider Standard (O-TTPS) accreditation program announced. IBM announces as first certified technology provider. More information on certification: O-TTPS Accreditation Program BusinessWire article: [here]
- Published: The Open Group Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model Standard. Online version [here]
I had two presentations both of which were recorded and available for on-demand viewing.
Business Architecture the Key to Enterprise Transformation
With enterprises being bombarded with emerging and disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile, social and information, it can be difficult for organizations to really understand how leverage these new opportunities that present themselves. To do this, Business Architecture is the key to setting the right strategy for these new opportunities. By leveraging this discipline with Enterprise Architecture we can better quantify and qualify these opportunities to ensure we are maximizing value for our companies. In this session, we will explore the current landscape along with proven and leading practices in Business Architecture. The session will be concluded with how P&G leverages Business Architecture in their Enterprise Architecture practice.
- Business Architecture Defined (2013) - http://bit.ly/1aVdAgJ
- Business Architecture Ready for Prime Time (2014) - http://bit.ly/LUQESI
- So Many Different Views, So Much Business Architecture Confusion (2014) - http://bit.ly/1cwtMA6
- IT Architecture Is Not Enterprise Architecture (2009)– http://bit.ly/1gEsevh
- IQ Isn’t Enough. Enterprise Architects Must Balance With EQ Driven Approaches (2011) - http://bit.ly/1erjepW
- Start with Why (2010): The Golden Circle - http://bit.ly/1cL0ilO
- Australian And New Zealand Architects Surveyed On Business Architecture (2013) - http://bit.ly/Mcy8Gv
- A&G Magazine: Business Architecture Best Practices (2013) – Part 1 http://bit.ly/1fZ91j3 Part 2 http://bit.ly/1aVfKwK
- CIO’s Must Make EA’s a First Class Citizen (2011) - http://bit.ly/1g7vYmq