The month of October saw The Open Group South Africa host its “mostly-monthly” EA Forum at FirstRand’s, Merchant Place in Sandton., and again in Cape Town, the following afternoon, at the Hyde Hotel.
The Johannesburg event turned out to be a fully-booked affair with 60-odd people filling up the auditorium, all in anticipation of the speaker Josef Langerman.
Josef Langerman is the Executive Group Head for Technology Strategy, Architecture and Transformation at Standard Bank. He is responsible for the transformation of Standard Bank Group Technology into a high velocity, customer-centric organisation.
Returning for the second time as a speaker, Josef presented on “Standard Bank’s New Ways of Working”. The topic followed on from his 2017 presentation which looked at Agile and Lean management as ways to drive innovation and change.
At the October 2019 event, Josef shared his experiences at Standard Bank from these past two years. This time around, his presentation focused mainly on business transformation and the roles that Programme and Portfolio Management, and Enterprise Architecture have played. Again he emphasized how critical cultural change is in driving transformation.
As would be expected with the attendance, the Forum was a huge success and nothing short of what the audience has come to expect from the EA Forum over the years.The topic drew professionals from different industries and a wide range of interests. With his amusing, connector-style approach, Josef gave a memorable presentation that exceeded their expectations.
More about The Open Group EA Forum
The EA Forum is a social networking event that is hosted and sponsored by The Open Group South Africa, and local Open Group representatives, Real IRM.
The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology neutral consortium that looks at driving the creation of boundaryless information flow between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability.
Since its inception in 2004, the EA Forum has had speakers from a number of different disciplines and organisations such as SARS, MTN, The Foschini Group, Eskom, Nedbank, ABSA and Sanlam; all of whom have been willing to share their experiences and knowledge within the architecture industry.
The Forum continues to be a great opportunity for peers, colleagues and industry players to network, and this will be the case for years to come as the forum continues to grow from strength to strength.