Industry Experts on Enterprise and Secure Architectures to Speak at The Open Group Rome Conference

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Leaders from the Burton Group, Forrester, MITRE, Penn State University, CA, Oracle and Other Organizations Dissect Business Architecture, SOA, Security and Cloud Computing

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2010 – The Open Group today announced the plenary agenda and expanded speaker lineup for The Open Group Conference Rome 2010, to be held on April 26 – 30, 2010 at the Sheraton Roma Hotel and Conference Center. Conference sessions and speakers from around the world will discuss topics that include how to make enterprise architecture (EA) meaningful to businesses, maximizing return on investment for the provisioning of information security and best practices for cloud computing.

Enterprise Architecture

The Enterprise Architecture Plenary and Track sessions, running April 26-28, will allow attendees to explore the evolving role of EA as it aligns more closely with business decision-making at an executive level. Over the course of three days, industry professionals, university professors and analysts will outline practical initiatives based on real-life experiences to help attendees implement tomorrow’s best EA practices and policies. Presenters for this track include: Michael Rollings, research director, Burton Group/Gartner; Dr. H.A. (Erik) Proper, professor, Radboud University Nijmegen and senior research manager, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor in Luxembourg; Terence Blevins, lead architect, MITRE Corporation; Henry Peyret, analyst, Forrester Research; Brian Cameron, professor of practice director, Enterprise Architecture Initiative, Penn State University; Janne J. Korhonen, principal, Requisite Remedy.



Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a full series of five tutorials on SOA prepared by The Open Group's SOA Work Group. Each tutorial in this series is designed for attendees to build knowledge from each previous tutorial, with content becoming increasingly technical as the series progresses. Tutorial topics include the business impact of SOA, governance, reference architectures, the use of standards such as TOGAF™, and implementation. The SOA conference track will also feature some of the industry’s foremost experts on SOA - Leonardo Ramirez, chief enterprise architect, EASY Colombia/Chile/Argentina, and Marcel Berneaud, managing consultant, Architecture Strategy, Detecon International - discussing evolving EA from the IT department to executive board-room conversations and the alignment between SOA and BPM to help align business needs with architecture, respectively.

Security and Cloud Computing

The Security Practitioners Track and the Cloud Computing Track taking place on Wednesday, April 28, will take a very practical look at the current state of both security and cloud computing with the aim of identifying hands-on solutions to address the challenges organizations face regarding secure architectures, cloud computing and securing the cloud. Sessions in the Security Track will train attendees how to architect secure business solutions, verify their effectiveness and ensure the best return on investment. Thought-leaders such as Shawn Mullen, AIX security architect, IBM, and Jim Hietala, vice president Security, The Open Group, will outline mature and proven solutions that deliver cost-effective information security and automated compliance. Stuart Boardman, CGI, Canadawill provide an update on the Cloud Security Reference Architecture project.

In the Cloud Track, Tony Shan, principal enterprise architect, Keane, Inc. will discuss how adaptive cloud engineering using an SOA-based approach can be applied to develop real-world cloud solutions. Enrico Boverine, senior principal consultant, CA, will present on the business decisions behind cloud computing by investigating a “cloud scene” in the style of a detective examining a crime scene, emulating the popular television series CSI. Francesco Pititto, principal enterprise architect WCE Consulting, Oracle, will discuss the influence cloud computing has had on a telecommunication operator’s enterprise architecture.

Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Registration is open to both members and non-members of The Open Group. For more information, or to register for the conferences in Rome please visit: Registration is free for members of the press and industry analysts.

The Open Group also offers various sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. For more information, please visit:

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