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The Open Group has launched its new book "Cloud Computing for Business" which is part of the on-going work of The Open Group Cloud Computing Work Group. The publication takes an in-depth look at Cloud Computing and how enterprises can derive the greatest business benefit from its potential. It explores the importance of Cloud Computing within the overall technology landscape and provides practical advice for companies considering using the Cloud, as well as ways to assess the risk in Cloud initiatives and build return on investment.

Stuart Macgregor, CEO at Real IRM, will discuss governance at the August EA Forum seminars to be held in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town in August.

In his presentation, Stuart will focus on governance as the key to entrenching enterprise architecture into an organisation and realising business benefit from it. He will also touch on the mapping between COBIT® 4.0 and TOGAF® and will offer some insight into COBIT® 5 and how the new release supports EA.

The EA Forum events are scheduled for 23 August in Pretoria, 24 August in Johannesburg and 26 August in Cape Town.

South Africa is ranked fifth in the world when it comes to TOGAF® 9 certification numbers. According to The Open Group, at the beginning of June there were already 7,200 individuals certified from more than 50 countries worldwide. Following on the heels of the UK, Netherlands, USA and Australia, South Africa has 5.5% of all these certified individuals.

In South Africa, the first TOGAF® course was presented by Real IRM in 2006. Since then the company has certified hundreds of individuals both locally and abroad, and continues to present public and in-house courses each month.

Speaker at this month’s EA Forum, Adriaan Vorster, will discuss the need to reconsider the current data management landscape and to establish mechanisms to deal with unstructured, duplicate and redundant data. He will argue that master data management problems are pervasive and that the tools developed by technology vendors promising consolidated, quality enterprise data will only partly resolve these issues.

The Open Group SA EA Forum seminars are scheduled for 28 and 29 June and 1 July in Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Open Group South Africa’s EA Forum seminars, taking place on 24, 25 and 27 May, will focus on Transition Architectures that reflect how the enterprise evolves from Baseline to Target Architectures. The speaker, Komborero Makoni, is an Analyst at JD Group tasked with developing an enterprise architecture practice within the organisation.

A certification provides assurance that individuals have the expertise and experience required to get the job done. The Open Group offers three certifications for practitioners; TOGAF® Certification, IT Architecture Certification (ITAC) and IT Specialist Certification (ITSC).

Andrew Seldon, editor at Hi-Tech Security magazine, will facilitate a round table discussion on the state of information security in South Africa at The Open Group Johannesburg Conference in March.

Participants will discuss the biggest information security threats at the moment as well as how to integrate security into the core of all IT thinking. They will also touch on how South Africa compares to markets in the US and EU.

The Open Group Johannesburg Conference is set to kick-off at 08h30 on Tuesday, 15 March. Already booked to capacity with over 280 registrants, the conference promises many interesting presentations, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitors and networking opportunities to shed some light on the discipline of Enterprise Architecture.

This year’s South African Open Group conference is maintaining its high standard with an agenda filled with interesting topics and high profile speakers. John Zachman leads the plenary, and is followed by presenters from Old Mutual, Shoprite, Internet Solutions, Sasol and others.

In addition to the presentations, there is an unconference, workshops to choose from and a networking event.

Sybase will be exhibiting their tools and services at The Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ Conference in March, in Sandton.

According to Sybase's Marketing Manager, Tessa Kyd, Sybase will showcase their capabilities in the areas of IT Planning and Strategy, Enterprise Architecture Management and Business IT Management.  

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