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After a longstanding debate over the compatibility and relationship between enterprise architecture and Agile methodologies, The Open Group has released its Open Agile Architecture standard - a standard that provides guidance and best practices for enterprise architects transitioning to Agile methodologies.

For the first time since the Enterprise Architecture Forum’s inception in 2004, The Open Group South Africa is proud to have held a live, virtual Enterprise Architecture forum. The mostly-monthly event took place on the 25th of June 2020.

As a first virtual event, the forum was a huge success and drew people from different locations in South Africa, across countries such as Uganda and Botswana, and from as far afield as Australia.

The Open Group South Africa is proud to announce that the number of TOGAF® 9 individual certifications has passed the major milestone of 100 000. These certifications span 149 countries throughout the world.

As of May 2020, the number of TOGAF 9 certifications is growing rapidly and is about to surpass 100 000 (the number is currently 98 900). This number includes certified individuals from 149 countries.

The TOGAF Standard, a standard of The Open Group, is a proven Enterprise Architecture (EA) methodology and framework, used by the world’s leading organizations to improve business efficiency. Representing a Body of Knowledge from world-leading practitioners, the latest TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2 is universally known as industry best practice.

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We believe it is more important than ever to boost your skillset with some new useful tools, to stay flexible and cope easily with unforeseen shifts and future challenges.

The Open Group, through The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), recently published the O-PAS Standard, Version 2.0.

The Standard provides a vendor-neutral Reference Architecture which enables the construction of scalable, reliable, interoperable, and secure process automation systems.

November 2019 saw The Open Group release its latest version of the ArchiMate ® modeling language for Enterprise Architecture.

Version 3.1 is an update from Version 3.0 which was released in 2016. The update may be minor, but the new version holds a number of useful additions and improvements for Enterprise Architecture practitioners.

The three most notable improvements are:
- The addition of a value stream element
- The introduction of a directed notation for association
- Further formalization and refinement of the rules for deriving relationships

The month of October saw The Open Group South Africa host its “mostly-monthly” EA Forum at FirstRand’s, Merchant Place in Sandton., and again in Cape Town, the following afternoon, at the Hyde Hotel.

The Johannesburg event turned out to be a fully-booked affair with 60-odd people filling up the auditorium, all in anticipation of the speaker Josef Langerman.

2019 has seen the launch of The Open Group’s TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 qualification. Real IRM prides itself as being the only service provider to offer this accredited course and credential in South Africa.

The credential is aimed at individuals who want to validate their knowledge and understanding of Business Modelling, Business Capabilities, TOGAF Business Scenarios, Information Mapping, and Value Streams by applying them in the development of a Business Architecture based on the TOGAF ® Standard Version, 9.2.

The Open Group has introduced an Open Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS) certification programme for data scientists. Open CDS is an independent global certification for qualifying the skills, knowledge, and experience of Data Scientists.

The certification not only provides an opportunity for data scientists to increase their skills and demonstrate their professional expertise but also provides an opportunity for organisations to enhance their own learning and development programmes with a clearer understanding of the role played by their data scientists.

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