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The Open Group membership in South Africa continues to be the fastest growing in the world. New members Arivia, recently joined The Open Group’s Architecture Forum, and GMSI joined The Open Group mining forum, EMMMv. Other new members who joined the Architecture Forum this year include Nedbank, Meraka Institute, The Reserve Bank, Ovations, Lefatshe Technologies, GijimaAST, and SARS.

The Open Group SA’s exploration, mining, metals, and minerals industry forum, EMMMv, sponsored the local mining sector’s monthly networking event, First Thursday, on 1 October 2009. This is an informal social gathering of mining professionals that takes place on the first Thursday of each month at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

”The South African Reserve Bank joined The Open Group’s Architecture Forum to gain access to global standards and global collaboration and to become part of the architecture network”, says Dale Ric-Hansen, Enterprise Architect. According to Dale, the network is very valuable and as an organisation they gain a lot from the experiences of others.

His feedback on the recent regional Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ conference is that it was invaluable and contrary to his experience at other conferences - he was able to gain insight from every presentation presented!

Paul van der Merwe, COO of Real IRM and Chair of the Architecture Forum of The Open Group, facilitated the Techni-Click event on 11 and 12 September 2009 at GovTech this year. Techni-Click was a pre-event to GovTech that the GITO Council (GITOC) hosted for government EA managers and practitioners at the International Convention Centre in Durban. The event included Enterprise Architecture workshops and was based both on the GITOC’s recently announced Government-wide EA (GWEA) framework and on TOGAF® 9.

Real IRM in association with The Open Group hosted their fourth EAPC in South Africa on 1 and 2 September 2009 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. It attracted a full house of 220 delegates all eager to see the line-up of high-profile local and international speakers, including world-renown John Zachman. The conference included presentations, workshops, demonstrations, networking events and an exhibition all making for a full programme of activities.

Some our delegates and speakers provided the following feedback:

Stuart Macgregor, CEO of Real IRM, joined the likes of John Zachman to present at the June IRM UK EA Conference in London. Stuart conducted a pre-conference seminar on TOGAF®: A Comprehensive Overview that included an overview of TOGAF® core elements - the ADM and Enterprise Continuum.

He also gave a presentation Back to the Future - EA Directions on the future direction and role of enterprise architecture as a professional practice that is both business-appropriate and sustainable.


The Open Group has announced the general availability of TOGAF® version 9. TOGAF® is an industry standard enterprise architecture framework that is available free of cost to any organization wishing to develop an enterprise information systems architecture for use within that organization. More than 60 percent of the Fortune 50 and 80 percent of the Global Forbes 50 use TOGAF® to reduce time, costs and risks associated with developing an enterprise architecture and improve overall business agility. TOGAF® certification programs exist for individuals, trainers, professional services, and tool support. These programs enable organizations to standardize on an open method for IT architecture and avoid lock-in to the proprietary methods of major vendors.



February 2009 sees the global launch of the much anticipated TOGAF® 9. And we are having a big party to celebrate this, combining the Pretoria and Johannesburg events into one big event on 25 February, and Cape Town on 26 February.

Real IRM’s TOGAF® 9 training course is one of the first course to be formally accredited by The Open Group as a TOGAF® 9 Accredited TOGAF® Training Course. This training course is currently offered as a public course in London, UK and in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town – click here for the scheduled courses.

The first three candidates completed their TOGAF® 9 Foundation certification examinations successfully at Real IRM TOGAF® 9 certification centre in Midrand, South Africa, during this week.