10 days ago

The Open Group San Diego 2018 – Event Highlights

In beautiful, sunny San Diego, California, The Open Group hosted its latest event January 29 – February 1 at the iconic US Grant Hotel in the lively Gaslamp District. The theme was ‘The Role of Reference Architectures’. We welcomed over 200 attendees from 17 countries – a great first event of the year!

1 month, 4 days ago

The IT4IT™ Standard – What is all the fuss about? Isn’t it just an architecture after all?

In October 2015, The Open Group launched a new standard, The Open Group IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, and I personally feel this may have been one of the biggest events when it comes to the history of IT. At last, IT is starting to really mature! Let me tell you why I have this view.

2 months, 18 days ago

New Security Architecture Practitioner’s Initiative

Organization leaders know they need cybersecurity, but 2017 has driven that point home with special force. Intelligence Agencies have shown that even the most secure targets are vulnerable, and the rapid proliferation of ransomware has demonstrated that damage can be crippling and come without warning.

The Security Architecture Practitioner’s Initiative is a joint effort of The Open Group Security Forum (a global thought leader in Enterprise Architecture) and The SABSA Institute (a global thought leader in Security Architecture) to articulate in a clear, approachable way the characteristics of a highly-qualified Security Architect.

4 months, 6 days ago

Why Bother with a Conceptual Reference Model?

Think about the challenge interpreters at the United Nations undertake. First, they need to understand the concepts being communicated. Next, they translate the concepts for people who speak different languages — without coloring the information with their own perspectives. These interpreters use an “internal resource” that maps terms and concepts. In the business technology world, Read more

5 months, 16 days ago

Enterprise Architecture is Not THE Answer – It is Part of the Answer

As a matter of practicality, for Enterprise Architecture to be successful, there are many things that have to work out before, in parallel with, and after Enterprise Architecture efforts result in an Enterprise Architecture. There are governance things going on, there are development things going on, there are operations things going on. Each of these areas can benefit from some good old Enterprise Architecture thinking and, as well, Enterprise Architecture success needs these areas to be successful! Again, Enterprise Architecture is not THE answer, it is part of something bigger.

5 months, 24 days ago

ArchiMate® Specification Update and ArchiMate Day 2017

ArchiMate® Version 3.0: Technical Corrigendum No. 1 (TC1) has been published. This is a set of corrections to the ArchiMate 3.0 Specification. It is available as a free download from The Open Group website, and an updated version of the full specification including TC1 has been published, known as the ArchiMate 3.0.1 Specification. The second ArchiMate Day will be held at The Open Group Amsterdam event on Wednesday, October 25th.

5 months, 30 days ago

Issues Necessitate Change – Evolution of Enterprise Architecture

Corporations are faced with global competition and they need to become more agile and resilient. Enterprise Architects need to rethink how they deliver value more quickly to keep pace of change in need and change in technology. Builders are employing latest techniques in Agile and Dev-Ops. Architects and builders need to continuously think about risk mitigation.

6 months, 22 days ago

Cyber Disruption, State Government and the Constitution: A Conversation with Eric Sweden

In the digital age, whether an organization will experience a cyber disruption is not a question of “if” but “when?” Although disruptive events may be inevitable, they can be prepared for with some strategizing and planning.

6 months, 28 days ago

The Open Group Ottawa 2017 – Event Highlights

The Open Group hosted over 300 attendees from 17 countries July 17 – 20 for the ‘Making Standards Work® e-Government’ event at the Shaw Centre in Canada’s beautiful capital city, Ottawa. It was a wonderful time to be in the country as Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary!

7 months, 25 days ago

Enduring Misconceptions about Architecture – Part 2

Tackling some key misconceptions about Enterprise Architecture can ease fear, uncertainty, and doubt about its effectiveness. The following list adds to misconceptions presented in Part 1 of this blog.