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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.

Earlier this year, Real IRM’s Paul van der Merwe received an Outstanding Contribution Award from The Open Group for his contribution to TOGAF® 9, as well as for facilitating The Open Group South Africa's participation in the review of the various draft versions of TOGAF® 9. The South African member companies submitted more than 200 comments on the various draft documents, and represented more than 25% of the members who actively participated in the review process.

The Open Group South Africa launched the Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals Vertical (EMMMv) at the MMP’08 Conference in Johannesburg on 12 and 13 November 2008. This is a first-of-its-kind global collaborative to set enterprise architecture standards and create reference models for the exploration, mining, metals and minerals industries.

Sarina Viljoen, who heads up The Open Group South Africa, is on a drive to grow both local and international membership of the collaborative so as to deliver reference models for the natural resources industries similar to the telecommunications sector’s eTOM and supply chain’s SCOR reference models. According to Viljoen, "Companies in the natural resources industry have realised that they need to redefine their processes in response to new drivers that support agility, such as flexibility, responsiveness, optimization, value chains and collaboration. Enterprise architecture will help natural resource companies to achieve these goals."

Grant Faber, Stuart Macgregor, Sarina Viljoen and Steve Rasmussen
Grant Faber, Stuart Macgregor, Sarina Viljoen and Steve Rasmussen

Paul van der Merwe, COO of Real IRM, has been elected as Chair of the Architecture Forum of The Open Group. The Architecture Forum is the body that owns and develops TOGAF®, the industry-leading enterprise architecture framework.

The Architecture Forum has 304 member organisations including IBM, SAP, HSBC, Capgemini, Bank of Montreal, Sasol, Eskom, PWC and Accenture - 65% of the votes for the Chair of the Architecture Forum were casted in favour of Paul.