Neil Spragg

Senior Manager, Enterprise Application Architecture, Rio Tinto

Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?

3 Years

Q. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 

Enterprise Architecture, Strategy Generation, Enterprise Architecture Capability Building.  Recently, I was elected as the EMMM™ Forum Chair for the 2015- 2016 period.

Q: Why did your organization become a member and what does your involvement look like?  

Rio Tinto has been a member of The Open Group for many years and we have been involved in The Open Group Exploration, Mining, Metals & Minerals (EMMM™) Forum since its inception.

Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?

Yes, we align to EMMM™ Forum and we use a framework based on TOGAF® in our architectural processes.

Q: What contributions do you hope to bring to The Open Group?

Increased interest in the EMMM™ Forum and the value reference architectures can bring.

Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group?

Standards that enable more commonality that benefits all, companies, vendors & personal.

Q: What are your hobbies?

Garden, Renovations

Q: What book are you currently reading?

Tracy Harding – Dreaming of Zhou Gong

Q.  What social networks do you belong to?

Local Enterprise Architecture groups & many LinkedIn groups


Neil has been with Rio Tinto Iron Ore 4 years and in that time he has introduced the Enterprise Architecture framework and managed it’s embedding as a Business-as-Usual BAU activity. Before joining Rio Tinto Neil had been in various industries; ranging from Australian Native Tile to commodities such as Grain and Iron Ore in the Strategy and Architecture arena. Neil has presented architectural practices at several industry conferences.

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