The Nexus of Forces in Action – About the Authors


The use-cases in this White Paper were developed by the following members of the Open Platform 3.0 Forum.

Prof. Mark Skilton, Director of Synthetic Spheres Ltd., Professor of Practice, Information System Management & Innovation, Warwick Business School (White Paper Leader)

Mark is an accomplished IT practitioner working in the industry across a number of Information Systems disciplines. He has held senior positions at C level in CIO, CTO, and customer-facing business engagement and transformation strategy roles. He is currently a Professor at Warwick Business School and is involved in a number of start-ups and research projects with major industry end-user organizations and global consultancies focusing on next-generation Digital Ecosystem strategies and monetization.

Somasundram Balakrushnan, Cognizant

Somasundram Balakrushnan (Som) is a TOGAF 9 Certified Enterprise Architecture practitioner. He has global IT industry experience in helping his clients in the Financial Services industry. He is a professional consultant with a proven track record in Enterprise Architecture and SOA consulting engagements. He has led key transformational change programs within complex IT landscapes, including setting up an architectural practice using the TOGAF standard. Som is involved with many of The Open Group activities, and is well known within the work groups. His association with The Open Group includes: TOGAF Next & TOGAF Next Security (TNS) in a reviewer and advisor role on the next evolution of the TOGAF standard; Open Platform 3.0 (SMAC) as a contributor to the Business Scenario for Open Platform 3.0; the Cloud Computing Governance (CCG) work group – as a key contributing/actively participating core member; the Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) work group as an active contributing member and liaison to the CCG; SOA Reference Architecture v2 (SOA RA v2). Som is also an active member of AEA-MN (Association of Enterprise Architects – Minnesota Chapter), and takes part in all chapter meet-ups.

Gautam Bhat, IBM

Gautam is an Architect in Cloud Managed Services for IBM and has specialized in the application, integration, and middleware domain. Gautam is also the Global Product Lead for messaging and integration technologies and has presented several papers and articles on architecture, messaging, and integration technology areas at several conferences, universities, and management institutes. He has several certifications to his credit, namely TOGAF and other numerous product certifications. Gautam is also industry certified in the IT Specialist profession at Thought Leader level and heads this profession for IBM in India and South Asia.

Stuart Boardman, KPN Consulting

Stuart Boardman is a Senior Business Consultant with KPN Consulting in The Netherlands and is also co-chair of the Open Platform 3.0 Forum. He was previously active in The Open Group SOA and Cloud Computing Work Groups. In his role at KPN Stuart deals with being both a supplier and consumer of Platform 3.0 services – in particular in the area of Cloud. Mobility and Social have also been major focus areas both for KPN and his previous employer, CGI. His work has recently tended to focus on everything “smart” (Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Smart Home, etc.) with a particular interest in the intelligent combination of human and machine capabilities for the benefit of society, environment, and economy.

Veer Muchandi, HP

Veer contributed to the White Paper as an Enterprise Architect with Hewlett Packard. He is an architecture consultant with experience in different industries solving business problems with IT. His interest areas at The Open Group include Open Platform 3.0, TOGAF Next, and the ArchiMate standard. He is an Open Group Master CA, TOGAF 9 Certified Practitioner, and ArchiMate 2 Certified.

Min-Jung Yoo, EPFL

Min-Jung Yoo is a Scientist at the EPFL School of Engineering, working for the Laboratory for Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing and the Industrial Energy Systems Laboratory. Her search domains include: Multi-Agent Systems, Ontology and Semantic Web, and Industrial Information Systems. Min received her PhD diploma in the domain of Artificial Intelligence from the University of Paris 6. In Switzerland, she worked for the Institute of Information Systems (ISI), HEC (Faculty of Business and Economics), Lausanne, as an Assistant Professor (for six years). During the last four years, Min has worked for the Laboratory for Production Management (EPFL) as a Senior Scientist while leading several industrial projects for the purpose of developing a platform for simulation and optimization of supply and production chains.

Chris Harding, The Open Group

Harry Hendrickx, HP

Johannes Lützenberger, BIBA

Nikolaos Maris, EPFL

David Potter, Promise Innovation Oy

Ron Schuldt, UDEF-IT, LLC

El Kadiri Soumaya, EPFL

Tejpal Virdi, Boeing