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ArchiMate® certification is for architects who want an internationally recognised qualification to demonstrate their detailed knowledge and ability to apply ArchiMate 2.0. It is targeted at those individuals who require a deep understanding of ArchiMate® and/or are responsible for developing architecture artifacts using the language. The certification is also intended for architects wanting to introduce ArchiMate® into their architecture practices.

The Open Group has released ArchiMate® 2.0, the latest version of the open and independent modeling language for Enterprise Architecture. ArchiMate® 2.0 is now more closely aligned with TOGAF® and enables the creation of fully integrated models of an organization's Enterprise Architecture, the motivation behind it, and the programs, projects and migration paths to implement it.

On the 17th of January 2012 The Open Group released two new vendor-neutral, industry standards that enable businesses to effectively integrate fundamental elements of SOA and Cloud Computing into an Enterprise Architecture. The new standards are: SOA Reference Architecture (SOA RA) and the Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure Framework (SOCCI).
Additionally, The Open Group has released updates to The Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM), which has now been ratified as an ISO and IEC (ISO/IEC 166880) International Standard.

The TOGAF® 9 People Certification program has been designed to accommodate maintenance updates (such as TOGAF® 9.1) to the TOGAF® 9 specification. Thus, the certification remains as “TOGAF® 9 Foundation” and “TOGAF 9 Certified”, and individuals who are currently certified in the TOGAF® 9 People Certification program remain certified.

TOGAF® 9.1 was released on 1 December 2011. It contains a set of corrections to address the feedback submitted since the introduction of TOGAF® 9 in 2009. This new version has addressed over 400 of the comments received, resulting in over 450 changes to the standard.
The changes are upwards compatible adding clarification, consistency and additional detail where needed. Some of the most significant updates include:

Allen Brown, President and CEO of The Open Group, will present at the November 2011 EA Forum seminars in Pretoria and Johannesburg. His topic, “Enterprise Transformation and the Role of Open Standards” will include insight into setting expectations and planning transformation, the role of standards in enterprise transformation, and the work of the members of The Open Group.

The Open Group has released the TOGAF® SABSA® Integration Whitepaper which serves as a guide on how to integrate security and risk management approaches into enterprise-level architectures. It aims to help architects align IT security decisions with critical business goals while reducing costs and improving interoperability across the enterprise. 

Real IRM attended, presented and exhibited at the GMSI (now MineRP) conference in Cape Town on 12-14 October 2011. 

Sarina Viljoen, senior consultant at Real IRM and EMMMv Forum Director, presented a case study on Real IRM's use of the Exploration and Mining Business Reference model (a product of the EMMMv forum). She also touched on the work the forum is currently completing. 

Sybase will be sponsoring the The Open Group SA’s EA Forum in Johannesburg. The seminar is scheduled for 18h00 on the 26th of October at Summer Place in Hyde Park. 

This month’s speaker is Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Juan le Roex who will present on their use of BPM for large engineering projects. The event will follow its usual format that includes a presentation, Q&A discussion and networking session. This is a free event open to all those interested in enterprise architecture and related disciplines.

The Open Group SA will be hosting our first Enterprise Architecture (EA) Forum seminar in the KwaZulu Natal area on 27 October 2011. Having built up a significant following in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town through our monthly EA Forum events, The Open Group SA is now including Durban on the schedule.