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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.

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: