The Architecture Forum’s London meeting comprised two sessions: a one-hour teleconference on Wednesday April 27, 2011, and a full day face-to-face meeting on Thursday May 12, 2011. During the week commencing May 9 in London, a number of Working Groups and Standing Committees also met. (Minutes from those meetings are available in the Architecture Forum member’s site under the Meeting Minutes category.)
The April 27 teleconference addressed administrative matters for the Forum, including quarterly reports for the Standing Committees and Working Groups. The most significant consent item was approval of the current work programs to continue.
The May 12 meeting was held in conjunction with the London Open Group Conference and Members Meetings. At the start of the meeting there were 17 voting members present. As this was insufficient for a quorum, a two-week consensus check on the decisions made will occur after the meeting.
The Forum Chair gave an update on the status of how the Forum Strategy is being actioned and the areas we are currently most active in (TOGAF, Extended Focus, EA Profession). He observed that TOGAF “works”, we are seeing dramatic take-up of TOGAF 9 certification, and we are seeing more examples of other organizations wanting to work with TOGAF. The current Roadmap was confirmed. This now shows a target of the next major revision being in 2013.
The Forum approved the proposal to establish a new Working Group to develop the next major revision of TOGAF, to be called the TOGAF next Working Group. This will be facilitated by Dave Hornford, Jason Uppal, and Lars Lundgren. A charter and vision will be brought forward for approval within the next quarter.
A set of recommendations was approved for the mandatory deliverables for the ecosystem of changes for the TOGAF maintenance update due this year.
The Forum approved the proposal to form a joint Working Group with the Cloud Computing Work Group led by co-chairs Kevin Sevigny and Nyan Ruparelia. This will investigate the use of TOGAF for managing the Cloud ecosystem.
The Forum approved the charter for the TOGAF for SMEs Working Group. The Forum also approved the formation of the TOGAF/BIAN Collaboration Working Group and its charter.
An interactive workshop was held for much of the meeting looking into the Vision and Requirements for the 2013 major release of TOGAF. This included splitting into breakout sessions, brainstorming items, and reporting back. Readouts from five breakout groups were collected and will be input to the TOGAF next Working Group.
The meeting also included a number of informational updates on the Standing Committees and Working Groups that had met during the conference and not reported in other slots:
- Peter Haviland reported on the TOGAF/Archimate Architecture Content Framework Working Group.
- Nyan Ruparelia reported on the TOGAF for SMEs Working Group.
- Serge Thorn reported on the Localization Standing Committee.
- Bob Weisman reported on the Information Architecture Working Group.
- Arnold van Overeem reported on the Interoperability Working Group.
- Dave Hornford reported on the TOGAF/SABSA Integration Working Group.
- Mike Lambert reported on the TOGAF 9 Maintenance Working Group and the proposed ecosystem updates for the maintenance update that will incorporate the Technical Corrigendum.
- Mick Adams reported on the Value Realization Working Group.
- Harry Hendricx provided a written report on The Open Group/TMF Liaison Working Group.