Denver 2019: Proceedings – IT4IT Forum

IT4IT™ Forum Member Meetings

Objective of Meeting

The IT4IT Forum members-only meetings had the following objectives:

  • Inform
    Present recent work done by the Work Groups and Committees since the last quarterly meeting to the member attendees. Members were also trained in how to access and use the new GitLab/ASCIIdoc for submitting their changes or reviewing others’ changes for the next version of the standard.
  • Submit
    Members presented their proposed topics for inclusion in the next release of the IT4IT Reference Architecture standard for review, comment, suggestions for improvement, and/or assignment to an owner for completion.
  • Network
    Use these face-to-face meetings to introduce members and non-members from around the globe to one another to improve productivity and enjoyment of the many future virtual and WebEx meeting interactions that occur for members thereafter every quarter.
  • Improve
    Collect from member attendees any suggestions for improvement or requests for changes or additions to the IT4IT standard or to the Forum way of working.
  • Promote
    Work on quarterly plans to drive increasing adoption of the IT4IT standard around the world.


The IT4IT Forum ran its members-only meetings across four days of The Open Group event in Denver:

  • Monday, July 22, 2:00 to 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2:00 to 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, July 24, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, July 25, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

During those sessions the Mmmbers present presented and vetted the current deliverables and next steps for many topics proposed for inclusion in the next version of the IT4IT Reference Architecture standard. Most were well-known work streams that are coming to conclusion in time for submission into the next version of the standard. Some were deemed to require more discussion. In addition, the IT4IT Forum Officers presented proposals that were developed at the Planning Offsite Workshop that took place in Amsterdam July 15 and 16, 2019 to the members present and collected their feedback on these before sending them out to the full Forum membership as Consent Items in the weeks following the event. The proposals are related to additions to the IT4IT Forum Charter and scope and guard rails for the next version release of the IT4IT standard.


All members left informed about the proposed changes for inclusion in the next version of the IT4IT Reference Architecture standard.

The Chairs of the following Work Groups and Committees – IT Reference Operating Model (IT-ROM), Service Model Management (SMM), Level Zero (0), Guidance-Strategy to Portfolio (S2P), Training & Certification and IT4IT for DevOps – all received constructive and actionable suggestions for improvement to their content so that they could produce the next or final versions of their deliverables – mostly Guide publications and some change proposals to the normative standard.

The IT4IT Adoption Board received input and guidance from the Forum members and Forum Director on their Marketing proposals including a selection of some primary target audiences for key messaging around the value of the IT4IT standard, and also received feedback on the IT4IT Forum leaders’ proposal for how to make the Training & Certification for the IT4IT standard more valuable to the IT community with the release of the next version of the IT4IT standard.

Next Steps

The owners of Epics for inclusion in the next version of the IT4IT standard will resume building the content on their topics with the Work Groups and reviewers in time for the next readiness review at the next two quarterly events of The Open Group.

The IT4IT Adoption Board will begin working more closely with the IT4IT Forum subject matter experts to produce the content needed to produce proposed marketing and certification programs that were proposed at this event and previously.

Members who have not already started using GitLab/ASCIIdoc for making their proposed changes to the next version of the IT4IT Reference Architecture standard will use the newly provided instruction guide and video to do so.


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