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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.  

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.

Go to!/eaforumsa to follow us

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