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Stuart Macgregor, CEO of Real IRM, participated in a roundtable podcast discussion on global trends in enterprise architecture (EA) at The Open Group’s Boston EA Practitioners’ Conference in July 2010. Other panellists included Allen Brown and Chris Forde from The Open Group; Eric Boulay from Arismore in France, and Mats Gejnevall from Capgemini in Sweden. Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions and ZDNet blogger moderated the discussion.

Real IRM presented our first ArchiMate course from 12-13 July to a full class. The delegates were excited to learn the new language and their feedback rated the course highly with particular emphasis on their enjoyment of the practical exercises and case study.

Real IRM has scheduled further ArchiMate 1.0 Foundation courses in August and October.

The speaker for the July 2010 EA Forum is Jan Mentz, Senior Lecturer at UNISA. He is currently completing his PhD on the definition of enterprise architecture and has some interesting insights to present on the topic. He will discuss some of the problems with defining EA, highlight the issues that stem from EA’s foundation in information systems and IT, and consider the usefulness of ISO/IEC 42010:2007 as a basis for defining EA.

The EA Forum seminars are scheduled for 27, 28 and 30 July in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Real IRM's Chief Executive, Stuart Macgregor, is in London this week speaking at IRM UK’s Enterprise Architecture Conference (EAC) Europe 2010. He is presenting “The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®): A Comprehensive Overview” as a pre-conference seminar on Wednesday, 16 June and then “Delivering Value from EA, from the Board Room to the Rock Face” as part of the main conference agenda on Friday, 18 June.

The Open Group’s Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals vertical (EMMMv) forum has created the first reference model specific to the exploration and mining industry.

The Exploration and Mining Business Reference Model was built through the global collaboration of EMMMv member organisations which operate within this sector. The model is earmarked to be released to the public (as a first active version) early in July 2010.

Stuart Macgregor, CEO of Real IRM, is speaking at The Open Group's Conference in Boston on 19 July 2010. His presentation, "TOGAF® 9 and COBIT - EA Governance Made Practical" highlights the important role Governance plays in entrenching Enterprise Architecture into a business. It also includes an overview of the mapping between COBIT and TOGAF® with specific focus on the control points required to sustain a business-appropriate EA Practice.

Individual certifications for TOGAF® 9, The Open Group’s standard method for enterprise architecture (EA), have surpassed 2000 since the latest version was released in 2009. 
The growing adoption of TOGAF® 9 and demand for its certification programme are indicative of the global acceptance of trusted, international standards. The TOGAF® 9 certification programmes enable organisations to standardise on an open method for EA and to avoid vendor lock-in to proprietary methods. 

Hein Lorenzen, Architecture Manager at Internet Solutions, is presenting on Internet Solutions' enterprise architecture at the EA Forum seminars in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town this month. The topic has met with great interest from Forum invitees and over 170 delegates have already registered.

Real IRM is launching the first ArchiMate 1.0 training course in South Africa in July. ArchiMate is The Open Group's new open and independent modelling language for enterprise architecture. It offers a common language for describing the construction and operation of business processes, organizational structures, information flows, IT systems, and technical infrastructure.

Last week The Open Group and local representative, Real IRM, hosted the October EA Forum in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The speaker Wynand Vorster, EA Product Manager at Sybase, discussed a survey they conducted with online IT publication ITWeb earlier this year. The presentation showed adoption levels of EA in South Africa across industries and across provinces. It also covered preferred frameworks, use of tools and the benefit that are derived from EA.