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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.

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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

There was a great turnout at the EMMMv Breakfast Seminar on Friday, 22 October in Sandton. The audience comprised representatives from around twenty different organisations in the exploration and mining industry including mining giants Anglo American and Rio Tinto.

The exploration and mining business process reference model was met with great enthusiasm as organisations on the client and supplier sides presented on the practical value of using the model to benefit their businesses.

At the October EA Forums, Jolita Fourie will present on the discipline of Business Analysis as drawn from the IIBA’s Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK). Her presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion on how the Enterprise Architecture and Business Analysis disciplines overlap and how they differ.

The EA Forums are scheduled for Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg on 22, 26 and 27 October 2010. Click here to read more


To mark the release of the first exploration and mining business process reference model, The Open Group’s EMMMv forum will be hosting a breakfast seminar for industry participants on 22 October 2010 in Johannesburg.

The speakers include The Open Group South Africa’s chief executive, Stuart Macgregor, as well as industry experts Johann Muller from Anglo American, Roy Irvine from Datamine and Joe van Wyk from Goldfields.

South Africa’s fifth Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ Conference is scheduled for 15 to 16 March 2011. The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The conference theme is “Making EA a Business Discipline”. It centres on the need to closely align the practice of EA with the requirements of business decision-making at an executive level. The aim is to present material that will help prepare EA professionals to make significant contributions to the development of business strategy.

The Open Group’s EMMMv forum will be hosting a breakfast at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on 22 October 2010. The event is a celebration of the creation of the first exploration and mining business process reference model.

The breakfast is open to interested parties in the exploration and mining industries. To receive an invitation, e-mail

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.