4 days ago

Digital Transformation at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport: A Conversation with Aaldert Hofman

Global air travel is growing at exponential rates. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air travel is expected to double by 2035, growing from 3.8 billion travels in 2016 to 7.2 billion.

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is already feeling the effects of this growth. According to Aaldert Hofman, Lead Enterprise Architect for the Schiphol Group, the airport has been working to accommodate this trend through digital transformation, using a strategy of “bytes not bricks” to better manage crowds, accommodate airline schedules and provide a better passenger experience.

16 days ago

The Open Group October Event To Take Place in Amsterdam

The Open Group, the vendor-neutral IT consortium, is hosting its upcoming event in Amsterdam, October 23-26, 2017. The Open Group Amsterdam 2017 will focus on Architecting the Digital Enterprise, bringing together vendors and end-user organizations to discuss how to architect the new digital enterprise.

The event’s focus will be on how Enterprise Architecture and standards such as the TOGAF® framework, ArchiMate® modeling language, and IT4IT™ reference architecture (for managing the business of IT) are empowering companies to build better systems by architecting for digital business strategies.

23 days ago

Enterprise Architecture – Why You Should Think About the Enterprise Continuum!

There are a lot of divergent thoughts about specific elements of TOGAF®, an Open Group standard. In conversations, the same thing is mentioned … the Enterprise Continuum. Each version of the TOGAF standard was/is intended to add to the value of the framework based upon best practices used by active Enterprise Architects. These best practices would be selected for use in a given architecture endeavor as appropriate. The TOGAF framework was never intended to be a recipe or step by step prescription.

1 month, 14 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.

1 month, 22 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.

1 month, 28 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.

2 months, 13 days ago

New Enterprise “Cloud” Integration Approach in Banking

While all four maturing digital trends – Mobile, Cloud, Delivery Optimization, Process Optimization — are interconnected, Cloud appears to be the one to make the technology c-suite (CISO, CTO and CDO) most nervous. But the potential upside of Cloud adoption brings tremendous synergy in operating costs and also helps propel innovation.

2 months, 20 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.

2 months, 26 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!

3 months, 22 days ago

Does the ten thousand hour rule apply to Enterprise Architects?

Do some enterprise architects become masters at their discipline without hours of practice, or does it really take 10,000 hours? Of course 10,000 hours is a long time. 5 hours per day for 10 years? Its not a fast process, and most people are always looking for short cuts. Is 10,000 hours the average or […]

3 months, 23 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.