2 days ago

ZiRA, the Dutch Hospital Reference Architecture, a Tool to Address a Worldwide Need

By James Griffith (NTT DATA Services), Jason Lee (The Open Group), Gerda Meijboom (Nicitz), Michael van der Zell (Groningen University Medical Center)

What comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands? For many it may be a field of vividly colorful tulips.  Others may conjure images of historic windmills. An appreciator of the arts may recall the elegant line work and beautiful paintings of Rembrandt Van Rijn. Others may think of the capital city, Amsterdam, or the food and beer exported worldwide. Perhaps in time, some will come to associate innovative healthcare with the Netherlands. 

18 days ago

Create end-to-end integration of tools and data for flow, insight, and traceability

Businesses seeking to achieve an unrivaled competitive advantage should take a hard look at their data management strategy. Data-driven decisions are faster, more reliable, and less costly when there is effective information flow and trust between all stakeholders. Enterprise Architects, Digital Practitioners, Sponsors, and Vendors gain superior business insight and planning abilities from using the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, a standard of The Open Group, to improve data quality, transparency, and accessibility.

25 days ago

The IT4IT™ Standard Streamlines Plug-and-Play Adoption of Business Tools

Imagine a technology implementation strategy that works harmoniously for both you as the customer and your suppliers. Whether you’re an Enterprise Architect, Digital Practitioner, Sponsor, or Vendor, it’s not as impossible as it seems when you’re utilizing the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, a standard of The Open Group and a game-changing foundation for digital systems professionals.
We set out to solve the most common and most costly implementation issues, which include managing a complex landscape of different processes and tools, multi-vendor integration, automation, and end-to-end support.

1 month, 1 day ago

The IT4IT™ Reference Architecture is a Digital Product Blueprint for Cost Savings and Automation

By The Open Group

How many failed and de-railed technology solution implementations has your company been through? It’s past time to reevaluate your digital transformation strategy. Become the hero of your business by implementing a standardized operational backbone that saves money, automates processes, and reduces the waste and friction in your current technology solutions to keep you moving forward ahead of your competitors efficiently and effectively.

1 month, 6 days ago

Sitting down with Rob Akershoek (DevOps / IT4IT Architect) after the recent Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit

By Ash Patel – Marketing Specialist, The Open Group.

After the recent Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit (Hybrid Event), we reached out to Rob Akershoek (DevOps / IT4IT Architect) to tell us more about what he does, advice he may have for those interested in a career involving IT Management, and much more.

1 month, 13 days ago

Congratulations to the Award Winners for The Open Group President’s Awards at Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit

By Ash Patel, Marketing Specialist, The Open Group.
During the recent Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit (Hybrid Event) involving the President’s awards, Steve Nunn, President, and CEO for The Open Group, proudly announced the winners.

1 month, 14 days ago

Enterprise Architecture is a ‘Foundation Skill’ for the Engineering Students

By Satya Misra, Associate Director, HCL Technologies
Can you envisage a business that has no clear idea of what it has to work with and how it will achieve crucial goals? Sounds bizarre right! But this is very likely to happen due to the lack of skilled people who can understand and align business goals with a technical strategy and architecture that’s capable of supporting the current needs. This introduces us to an imperative discipline, Enterprise Architecture, which is considered a silver bullet by most organizations. 

1 month, 27 days ago

The Open Group Event Highlights – Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit – April 25-26 2022

By Loren K. Baynes, Director, Global Marketing Communications, The Open Group The Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit, Hybrid Event (in-person and virtually ) in London brought together

2 months, 27 days ago

Why Enterprise Architecture as a Subject is a “Must-Have” Now More Than Ever Before?

By Vishal Kumar, Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

A master’s in business administration helps students understand business dynamics better. I believe having the ability to see business as a wholesome thing is paramount in today’s era. There is a dire need for students to apply the lens of Enterprise Architect and break the silos approach to enable students to see the business as a single unit. It is pivotal to understand that enterprise doesn’t run in silos the way the subjects during our MBA might make us think. For an enterprise to run efficiently and effectively, it needs to run collaboratively, i.e., all the fundamental constituents of an enterprise need to make progress in tandem.

“An enterprise is only as strong as the weakest link.”

Let’s take an analogy of the human body. For a human body to run efficiently, it needs an intention and goal, and it requires food as fuel, sleep as refreshment and a family as a support system.

3 months, 2 days ago

“All Standards are Wrong”?

By Kees van den Brink, Senior Manager Platform Architect, ServiceNow.

This blog title is derived from the famous quote by George E.P. Box from his paper “Science and Statistics”:

Box made this statement in relation to the use of statistical models by scientists, but I’ve found that it applies equally well to the use of open standards by enterprise architects and other digital practitioners.

Key take away from this blog:
o Standards can be useful when you:
o Learn and adopt from what makes sense
o Reject what does not fit
o Want to know more: Read “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation”


Frankly, standards can be very helpful and are necessary, like the TCP/IP standard, or even old standards such as the Baudot Code (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudot_code), which helped early instances of what would later be called telecommunications companies grow fast, or the ISO Standards, which help with interoperability.

However, there are a lot of lesser-known standards that are not getting such broad adoption. Examples that come to mind are the IT4IT™ Standard, TOGAF® Standard, BIZBOK®, etc.

3 months, 8 days ago

Are Standards “The Turning Point” for Agility?

I consider open standards a huge time saver when getting started on any architecture engagement. I would like to start a conversation here about the use of architecture standards for agility in a digital transformation. In the comments, would you please answer the following question?:

Which standards have you tried using, to solve which problems, and what benefits did you receive?

To get this started, here are some of the standards we opted to include in a book I recently co-authored with Kees van Brink and Sylvain Marie called, “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation.” The novel tells the story of Enterprise Architects and other characters in a company who recently went through a merger and who use several standards together to accelerate a Digital Transformation, including these standards from The Open Group

3 months, 9 days ago

Architectural Data will Guide the 2020s

What technical and financial analytics should CIOs and decision makers expect from Enterprise Architects in 2022?

Enterprises are in the middle of an application explosion and a transformation acceleration.
Looking just at the application landscape: industry surveys tell us that the average enterprise is using 1,295 cloud services , and also runs around 500 custom applications . The worldwide enterprise applications market reached $241 billion last year, growing 4.1% year-over-year in 2020, according to IDC .

The underpinning architectures of enterprises– made up of interactions between people, processes and technology, and often also physical assets (IoT) – are also growing and changing at pace.

Enterprise Architects keep CIOs and business units informed using IT cost calculations and technical and lifecycle metrics.

They will often present costs and technical metrics for the current IT landscape, plus forecasts to inform planning for new business scenarios and digital transformation projects.