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SAP is platinum sponsor for South Africa’s 2011 Open Group Johannesburg Conference. The organisation has participated in each of the five Open Group conferences hosted in South Africa.

This year’s event will take place on 15-16 March 2011 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton. The conference theme is “Making Enterprise Architecture a Business Discipline” and promises presentations, workshops, networking events and an EA exhibition.

Should you wish to sponsor the conference, please contact  

Clive Hatton, senior consultant and trainer at Real IRM, will discuss The Open Group’s recently announced SOA Ontology Technical Standard at the January EA Forum seminars.

The discussion will include a look at how the Ontology can be used to set definitions and interpretations of key SOA concepts that can be agreed and used with others. The aim of the Ontology is to facilitate effective communication about SOA both inside and outside the enterprise by providing architects a common language.

The theme for South Africa’s 2011 Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ Conference (EAPC) is “Making EA a Business Discipline”. The event will explore how enterprise architects can transform EA into a key enabler of corporate decision-making.

Previous EAPCs have seen a host of local and international speakers from both IT customer and supplier companies providing a topical and varied agenda. The upcoming conference will be no different with a range of speakers presenting in the plenary stream and facilitators leading the parallel workshop streams.

The Open Group SA has created a Twitter page for African enterprise architecture (EA) community announcements, discussions and news. The aim is to keep the community abreast of upcoming Open Group seminars, workgroups and conferences. In addition, community participants are encouraged to post comment and share EA-related information.

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John Zachman will be the presenter at The Open Group SA’s final EA Forum for 2010. As part of his visit to South Africa, John has agreed to speak at the Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria EA Forum events.

The scheduled dates are 30 November in Cape Town, 1 December in Johannesburg and 2 December in Pretoria.

To receive an invitation, e-mail

There was a great turnout at the EMMMv Breakfast Seminar on Friday, 22 October in Sandton. The audience comprised representatives from around twenty different organisations in the exploration and mining industry including mining giants Anglo American and Rio Tinto.

The exploration and mining business process reference model was met with great enthusiasm as organisations on the client and supplier sides presented on the practical value of using the model to benefit their businesses.

At the October EA Forums, Jolita Fourie will present on the discipline of Business Analysis as drawn from the IIBA’s Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK). Her presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion on how the Enterprise Architecture and Business Analysis disciplines overlap and how they differ.

The EA Forums are scheduled for Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg on 22, 26 and 27 October 2010. Click here to read more


To mark the release of the first exploration and mining business process reference model, The Open Group’s EMMMv forum will be hosting a breakfast seminar for industry participants on 22 October 2010 in Johannesburg.

The speakers include The Open Group South Africa’s chief executive, Stuart Macgregor, as well as industry experts Johann Muller from Anglo American, Roy Irvine from Datamine and Joe van Wyk from Goldfields.

South Africa’s fifth Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ Conference is scheduled for 15 to 16 March 2011. The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The conference theme is “Making EA a Business Discipline”. It centres on the need to closely align the practice of EA with the requirements of business decision-making at an executive level. The aim is to present material that will help prepare EA professionals to make significant contributions to the development of business strategy.

The Open Group’s EMMMv forum will be hosting a breakfast at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on 22 October 2010. The event is a celebration of the creation of the first exploration and mining business process reference model.

The breakfast is open to interested parties in the exploration and mining industries. To receive an invitation, e-mail