The Open Group Conference - Seattle 2010

"Changing the Conversation"
Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference

Monday, 9:00 - 12:30
Introduction to The Open Group
8:00 - 8:30
8:30 - 8:45

8:45 - 12:30

We have heard many say that we need to change the perception of architecture – move it from IT and techie speak to a more business-orientated language that directly relates to an organization’s multiple business functions. One way that we will see this in the future is that the conversations will change; from IT centric to business/mission centric, from IT push to IT pull, from hopes of IT ROI to providing proven business improvements, from IT changes to changing business/mission processes, people roles, and policy.

In this conference we will propose a future where the conversations in which architects are engaged have changed to conversations where architects are in the “Board Room” and at the decision making tables. We will propose a path to getting there through lessons learned and practices being employed by thought leaders and through recommendations from those already in the “Board Room.”

8:45 - 8:55
Allen BrownAllen Brown, President & CEO, The Open Group Allen Brown is President and CEO of The Open Group, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium that works towards enabling access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. For more than ten years, Mr. Brown has been responsible for driving the organization's strategic plan and day-to-day operations. In addition, he was instrumental in the creation of The Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA), which was formed to increase job opportunities for all of its members and elevate their market value by advancing professional excellence.

Prior to joining The Open Group, Mr. Brown managed a consulting firm in London, which he founded in 1987. He enjoyed a mix of financial management and general management assignments, which included advising venture capitalists on investment decisions, and consulting on IT systems design and implementation.  Mr. Brown has been a speaker and panelist at numerous industry events – most recently at Gartner's Enterprise Architecture Summit, SAP TechEd 07, BTELL Enterprise Architecture Conference, Enterprise Architecture 2007 Conference, the FTP Enterprise Architecture Summit, and the Ziff Davis CIO Summit.  He has contributed guest columns on the topic of enterprise architecture to Architecture & Governance, CIO Update, CNET, DM Review and Mr. Brown holds an MBA from London Business School.

9:00 - 9:55
Enterprise Architecture: Disappearing into the Business

Why are some architects successfully integrated with the business while others struggle to emerge from a technology-centric role? Business process management and other business driven initiatives are sometimes disassociated from existing enterprise architecture functions and yet they are obviously related to the same goal. Why is this happening? More importantly, should we be alarmed?

Language, communication, and perception are all part of "Changing the Conversation". Architects must learn to describe architecture's business contribution and value without using EA's secret language. However, that is not the only conversation that must change. EA practitioners must realize that EA has gone through a fundamental change and it will no longer solely exist as an IT competency. The foundations of good architecture are disappearing into the business!

In this keynote, Mike Rollings, Burton Group Research Director for Enterprise Architecture discusses:

  • Are you an IT person or a business person?
  • Why EA has so many meanings (and the business does not really care)
  • How to describe what you do without using coded messages
  • How to foster a business-centric approach
  • How to resurrect value by changing your focus
  • EA and the future of professional development

Presenter: Michael Rollings, Research Director, Burton Group
Mike Rollings is the Research Director for Burton Group's Enterprise Architecture coverage area and a member of the Executive Advisory Program. He covers strategic planning, enterprise architecture, IT portfolio management, IT governance and collaboration, and organizational change. He is also the co-chair of Penn State's EA Professional Development advisory team.

9:55 - 10:00
Spotlight: Security Forum
10:00 - 10: 40
Next generation of Enterprise Architects

Presenter: Henry Peyret, Analyst, Forrester
The Enterprise Architecture is in transition to a next generation EA. The enterprise and the business are asking a new EA because they are themselves transforming under factors which are not due only to current crisis. The current crisis accelerate that transformation under factors such as globalization, new wave of innovation (including the next IT adoption wave : Smart Computing), new generation of workers (Millenials) and finally enterprise new values. This session will cover :
  • EA transformation drivers
  • EA archetypes should align to the 3 IT archetypes
  • Adopting next gen EA is a journey
10:45 - 11:00
Announcement: EA Awards Kickoff
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 11:45
Kingdee International Software Group Company Limited

A leading provider of enterprise management software and e-Business application solution in China and Asia-Pacific region
11:45 - 11:50
Spotlight: ArchiMate Forum

11:50 - 12:30
EA: Success Beyond IT

EA is currently perceived as part of the insular IT environment. What needs to be done to make EA a real contributor to the top and bottom lines? A "sea change" is required and it involves all aspects of the IT environment - from terminology and semantics to how IT actually "thinks".

Moderator: Michael Rollings, Research Director, Burton Group
Panel: Ed Harrington, COO, Model Driven Solutions;
Srinivas Koushik. SVP, CIO Shared Applications and Enterprise CTO, Nationwide
Bob Weisman, Build the Vision;
Henry Peyret, Analyst, Forrester

12:30 - 12:35
Spotlight: DirecNet™
12:35 - 2:00

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