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EA Practitioners Conference - Johannesburg 2015

Morning Plenary
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:00 to 10:30
Allen Brown, CEO, The Open Group
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:30 to 11:15
What I don't want from Business Architecture…….and what I do…..
Allen Brown, CEO, The Open Group

Allen Brown begins by providing an update of Enterprise Architecture in The Open Group and of the Association of Enterprise Architects. He then talks about his experience as a CEO of what is needed from Business Architecture.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:15 to 12:00
You can lead a horse to water… (Managing the Human Aspects of Change in EA Implementations)
Joanne Macgregor, Specialist Consultant and Trainer, Real IRM

Many Enterprise Architecture (EA) implementations do not succeed in realising their full potential due to a failure in managing the “fuzzy” human aspects of organisational transformation. Change management is, or should be, an integral part of EA implementations. This presentation explores the role and composition of EA Change Management and examines how it differs from change leadership. It reviews John Kotter’s 8 steps for leading change and provides an overview of the process of managing human change in EA implementations and organisational transformations. The presentation also includes a consideration of the psychology of change - what psychological factors, change strategies and organisation conditions increase the individual’s motivation to change, and which merely exacerbate normal resistance to change?

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:30 to 13:15
Applying TOGAF® in Defining an Enterprise-wide Transformational Journey
Paul van der Merwe, Enterprise Architect, Nedbank

One of Nedbank's five strategic focus areas is Optimise to Invest. As part of this focus area significant information technology (IT) innovations are planned to enhance the bank’s systems and deliver business benefits through managed evolution. The “rationalise, standardise and simplify” IT strategy forms part of this plan as the bank moves from 220 to 60 core systems and embarks on initiatives such as a SAP ERP system replacement in Finance, Human Resources and Procurement. The Enterprise Architecture (EA) team played an instrumental role in defining this transformational journey for the bank through their adoption of TOGAF as the EA method. This journey was defined by applying a capability-based approach to understanding the business requirements and priorities, a layered model for organising technology solutions and a managed evolution rollout strategy. Portfolio management and pragmatic EA governance were critical success factors to ensure the realisation of the transformational objectives.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:15 to 14:00
The state of Enterprise Architecture globally
James Thomas, Lead Enterprise Architect, South African Reserve Bank

Enterprise Architecture as a discipline is growing globally and even more rapidly as a profession. At the same time there are business and IT stakeholders with concerns, misconceptions and downright scepticism regarding the practice, methods and actual value-add of Enterprise Architecture. This session attempts to take a hard look at the current state of Enterprise Architecture locally and abroad from a few different perspectives, including: Frameworks, Tools, Skills, Certification, References, Maturity, etc.

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Stream 1A EA Frameworks
Stream 1B Practical TOGAF®
Stream 1C Realising EA Value
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:00 to 16:30
Frameworks of the IBM Systems Journal
Adriaan Vorster, Industry Consultant, Gijima

The IBM Systems Journal is a seminal publication that records the outstanding research achievements of the IBM Research Laboratories. Adriaan Vorster takes us through two of their very prominent framework articles. The first is the renown Zachman Framework. Initially published in the IBM System Journal in 1987 as "A Framework for Information Systems Architecture", it has evolved from just three columns that were limited to the Information Systems domain into a true Enterprise Framework. The newer Cynefin Framework, which was published in the IBM Systems Journal in 2003, is rapidly gaining ground. Whereas the Zachman Framework can be seen as a classification scheme, the Cynefin Framework is seen as a “sense-making” framework.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:00 to 15:45
Successfully doing TOGAF in a Scrum Project
Marvin Williams, Associate Director Architect, Cognizant Technology

This presentation describes how to get TOGAF to work in a Scrum Project and make TOGAF relevant in an Agile environment. It outlines several commercial approaches to merging TOGAF and Scrum while defining the repercussions. The presentation includes recommendations for the best uses of TOGAF during the various phases of Scrum, and suggestions for ways in which to avoid architectural minefields and disarm them during the Scrum process.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:00 to 15:45
Less is more: putting EA at the heart of top-level decision-making
Jerome Bugnet, Senior Solution Director, Troux Technologies

As Enterprise Architects, we often suffer with over-enthusiasm in our own trade, without realising that not everybody might share this interest. The people who can really benefit from what the E in Enterprise Architecture can bring are top decision makers in IT and the business. They often do not have a technical background and struggle to understand the A in Enterprise Architecture. We discuss a new approach to Enterprise Architecture that is simpler, delivers quicker results and, more importantly, that really serves the top-level decision makers in a language that they can understand. We look at case studies and examples of this approach, as well as the lessons we can learn in our day-to-day jobs.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:45 to 16:30
Enterprise Security Architecture at Eskom – TOGAF and SABSA
Maganathin Veeraragaloo, Chief Advisor Information Security, Eskom

With Eskom classified as a National Key Point it is imperative that the Enterprise Security Architecture is business-driven without losing site of the organisation’s goals, objectives, success factors and targets. Eskom has implemented the TOGAF ADM for the development of the Enterprise Architecture.The Enterprise Security Architecture is developed using the SABSA Framework in conjunction with the TOGAF ADM. The presentation outlines the approach employed for the development of the Enterprise Security Architecture within Eskom.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:45 to 16:30
Enterprise Architecture as a core capability in successful transformation programmes
Roar Engen, Partner and Chief Enterprise Architect, Primesource EA

The increasing demand for digital services both from internal stakeholders and consumers is pressuring companies to "get digital". When the true implications of this requirement reaches decision-makers, the response is often to initiate a strategic initiative in the form of a transformation program to fundamentally change the way of doing business. Digital transformation programmes usually span multiple years, projects, and business units, and affect both internal and external stakeholders. The success of these programmes depend heavily on the communication of the envisaged “improved future” . Aligning programme management and EA in this area creates value for the organisation.

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Afternoon Plenary
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 17:00 to 17:45
ArchiMate® in Practice – modelling the organisation’s foundation architecture
Vusi Mdlalose, Head: Reference Architecture & Tooling, Barclays Africa Group

The Architecture team for Barclays Africa Group Limited took an informed decision to standardise on ArchiMate as the modelling notation and specification for building organisational architectures. They then invested in training and certifying their enterprise and domain architects, as well as those involved in capturing, creating or modelling architectural artefacts using the ArchiMate standard. This presentation is a reflection on the journey they travelled in learning ArchiMate as The Open Group technical standard, how it was implemented in our organisation, and how they used it as the foundation upon which their organisation tailors domain-specific capabilities to help visualise, manage and govern their transformation initiatives. The discussion includes insight into how ArchiMate informed the building and implementation of their meta model, and how they then built their architecture reference models and underlying architectures.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 17:45 to 18:30
How the Skills Framework for the Information Age Impacts the Definition of EA Skills
Louw Labuschagne, Managing Partner, CS Interactive

This presentation provides an overview of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) and shows how the adoption of this framework is impacting the definition of Enterprise Architecture (EA) skills. The talk touches on how different EA skills frameworks were designed and are being adopted by industry, government and academia. The Open Group is one of the many organisations that has mapped their certification programs to the SFIA, while professional associations like the British Computer Society and the Australian Computer Society adopted the SFIA framework. Even public sector organisations, such as the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Government of India, have adopted the SFIA as the basis for their e-Governance Competency Framework. The presentation concludes with some advice on how to adopt SFIA within your organisation.

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