Open Session: Explore and navigate the IT4IT Reference Architecture

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Monday, July 21, 2014 (14:00-15:30)

Speaker: Las Rossen, Distinguished Technologist, Ph.D. Chief Technologist, IT4IT, HP Software

IT4IT is an emerging standard providing prescriptive guidance to design, procure and implement the functionality needed to run IT. The end-to-end, ‘how to’ emphasis of the IT4IT Reference Architecture also enables the state of services that IT delivers to be systematically tracked. Key questions addressed in this session are: How is the Reference Architecture structured, and why did we chose this structure? What is a service backbone and how are the essential IT4IT Value Streams defined? The intended audience is Architects and practitioners that deal with implementing IT Management systems.


Lars Rossen is Chief Technologist for HP Software’s cross portfolio program. As such Lars created the first version of the IT4IT Reference Architecture and continue to be the lead architect begin the IT4IT initiative. In HP Software this form a foundation for the development of the IT management portfolio of products. Lars joined the HP Software portfolio architecture and strategy team in 2006 and has had many leading roles in defining and progressing the current solution portfolio. Before his current IT4IT role Lars was part of the core team that defined HPs CloudSystem strategy and solution portfolio.

Before joining the portfolio strategy office, Lars headed up HP’s Operational Support System practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He played an important role in linking the vision of eTOM, NGOSS, and ITIL into practical solutions through HP’s Integrated Service Management blueprint. That design served as the basis for how many cloud services are managed today.

Lars was a researcher at the University of Denmark in the area of formal methods for computing before becoming CTO at Netman, a telecoms ISV and Consultancy Company. HP acquired Netman in 2004 and structured it into an operation support systems expertise centre.

Lars holds an MS in engineering, an executive MBA with focus on technology management, and a PhD in computer science from the technical University of Denmark.