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Director & Principal Consutant, CLARS Limited
This Open Group member spotlight focuses on Chris Greenslade, Director & Principal Consutant, CLARS Limited, and Chair, The Open Group Supplier Council. Chris has been involved with The Open Group in numerous roles since its inception.
Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?
Q: What spawned your personal involvement in the organization?
Q: Why did your company become a member of The Open Group?
Q: What key initiatives are you personally involved with at The Open Group?
First. As an IT architect of many years standing, my main involvement has been with the Architecture Forum, which I have chaired for four years.. During that period we published TOGAF 7, TOGAF 8 and TOGAF 8.1 and launched The Open Group’s Architecture Practitioners Conferences, which have become quite a success. We also introduced TOGAF certification and started work on what eventually became the ITAC program. At that time, we were able to be more productive, because life was simpler. The number of architecture practices committed to TOGAF was still fairly small. Each year, as our knowledge increased, we were able to modify and enhance TOGAF without the fear of disrupting too many working practices.
Second. I was co-chair of the SOA Work Group when it was set up three years ago and I continue to participate as a member of its Steering Committee. I applaud the work it is doing in bringing order to a style of architecture which, in my opinion, has previously been confused by conflicting messages and marketing hype. This Work Group is collaborating with the SOA interest groups of other consortia to harmonize the messages going out to the user community. This should reduce confusion and allow organizations to use SOA where it is most beneficial.
Third. Five years ago, while on the Governing Board of The Open Group, I was invited to join the Specification Authority of the ITAC program. Since then we have developed the program and specified the Conformance Requirements that a candidate has to meet to justify certification. The program is now fully available at three levels of certification: Level 1 – Certified, Level 2 – Master and Level 3 – Distinguished. The IT architecture profession has at last gained a global standard against which the abilities of an IT Architect can be reliably measured. This is a great boon to small companies whose architects can now prove their capabilities on a level playing field against the architects of global consultancy organizations. At CLARS we use the Conformance Requirements as the basis for guiding the IT Architects of our clients on how to develop their careers until they are capable of achieving certification.
Fourth. My final area of involvement has been within the governance structure of The Open Group, initially as a member of the Governing Board and currently as chair of the Supplier Council. Within a consortium like The Open Group, governance is of paramount importance. The standards, recommendations, best practice guides, etc. published by such a consortium are only significant if they can be shown to have been produced by consensus of the whole membership. The Customer Council and the Supplier Council act as one of the main communication paths in the consortium. They provide communication between the Forums and Work Groups, so identifying potential areas of collaboration and avoiding areas of duplication. The Councils also provide a communication channel between the members and the Governing Board.
Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?
Q: Of what contributions to The Open Group are you most proud?
Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group?
Q: Any last thoughts?
About Chris Greenslade
Chris is Director and Principal Consultant of CLARS Limited. Chris is currently Chair of the Supplier Council atThe Open Group.
He is a member of The Open Group’s Specification Authority that specifies the policies, processes and conformance criteria of the ITAC program. He was also a member of the first ever ITAC Certification Review Board and many subsequent ones.