9 days ago

A Look Back at 2018 and What’s to Come in 2019

For many of us, each new year is an occasion to look back at the previous year’s accomplishments, as well as look forward to what’s to come over the course of the next year. For the past three years since I took over the reins as CEO of The Open Group, I’ve made it a tradition to take advantage of the new year to do just this, as I’m sure many of you do both in your professional and personal lives.

With the passing of each year, I’m always struck not only by how quickly it goes by, but how many new opportunities arise throughout the year for The Open Group that none of us ever could have predicted. What’s nice for me, from where I sit, is that there is no shortage of new opportunities for us as an organization to do what we’ve always done—to help organizations come together to solve their business problems through open standards.

1 month, 14 days ago

Survey Shows Practitioners Are Looking for Additional Guidance on Using the TOGAF® Standard

Practicing Enterprise Architects believe TOGAF®, a standard of The Open Group, continues to be well-suited to helping organizations develop the business and IT infrastructures they need to align their business strategies, organizational structures, and capabilities. However, TOGAF users are increasingly looking for additional guidance and industry specific use cases regarding how to use the standard in conjunction with new IT trends—such as Agile development and artificial intelligence—and to address digital and business transformation efforts.

2 months, 19 days ago

The Open Group Singapore 2018 – Day Three Highlights

Wednesday, October 31, the third day of The Open Group Singapore event, started with both a TOGAF® User Group Meeting and a morning track session on Security for the Internet of Things (IoT).

2 months, 30 days ago

Design Thinking for Enterprise Architects – A Conversation with Mayank Saxena

The concept of Design Thinking is all the rage these days in certain circles—particularly in MBA programs and in the tech industry. But what is Design Thinking and why should businesses make it a consideration? And what does it have to do with Enterprise Architecture?

Mayank Saxena, Enterprise Architect at ABM AMRO Bank in The Netherlands, believes Enterprise Architects can learn a lot from the lessons of Design Thinking—lessons that could give Enterprise Architects greater influence and value within their organizations. We spoke with Mr.Saxena in advance of The Open Group Singapore 2019 to learn more about the concept of Design Thinking and how Enterprise Architects can benefit from it.

3 months, 20 days ago

The Open Group to Hold Upcoming Event in Singapore

The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming event in Singapore, October 29 – November 1, 2018. The Open Group Singapore 2018 will bring together vendors and end user organizations to discuss the development of standards-based and interoperable architecture. The event will focus not only on emerging digital technologies, but also on the standards, architectures and business frameworks that support and enable the transition to and implementation of the modern Digital Enterprise.

4 months, 11 days ago

Enterprise Architecture and Open Standards for Organizational Transformation and Innovation

The Open Group will explore Enterprise Architecture (EA) best practices and open standards for business transformation at the event in Lima, Peru, on October 4 and 5, 2018. More detailed information can be found here.

The business environment is evolving. Changes to regulations, new customer demands and the increased use of information technologies and mobile devices are just some of the trends putting pressure on organizations to prioritize innovation and efficiency in order to remain competitive.

5 months, 24 days ago

The Open Group Houston 2018 – Event Highlights

The Open Group hosted its latest event July 23 – 26 in the Lone Star State at Houston’s Westin Oaks at the Galleria. The theme was ‘Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry’. We welcomed over 200 attendees from 13 countries, including Brazil, China, and the Netherlands.

5 months, 25 days ago

ArchiMate® Modeling Language and Agile – A Conversation with Marc Lankhorst

This blog, the third in a series with Marc Lankhorst, Managing Consultant for BiZZdesign, looks at how architecture in general and the ArchiMate language in particular can add a lot of value to agile approaches.

6 months, 5 days ago

ArchiMate® Standard and Other Modeling Notations – A Conversation with Marc Lankhorst

This blog, the second in a series with Marc Lankhorst, Managing Consultant for BiZZdesign, looks at how standards can be used together to help organizations better facilitate the transformations and changes they need to make.

6 months, 7 days ago

Not All Innovation Is Created Equally

I talk to clients about their plans to innovate with technology all the time; especially technologies that are emerging, like the ones I blogged about here from our report the Top Emerging Technologies to Watch 2018. It’s become clear to us that findin…

6 months, 7 days ago

“Enterprise Architecture As A Service” – How – REACH for the STARS

In two prior blogs, I described why “Enterprise Architecture As A Service” (EA As A Service) would be a good thing and what it might look like.

Why? Because a properly implemented service delivery model would put the emphasis in more appropriate places:

Production and use value versus EA as a deliverable
Timely value along the way versus at the end
Clear expectations versus vague promise
Support and enablement versus ivory tower compliance
What? A portfolio of services provided on demand in service categories:

Planning Services to scope based on need
Buy-in/collaboration Services to ensure the right people in the organization are engaged
Development Services to build the right parts of an EA at the right time
Management Services to ensure that the EA efforts delivers value consistently
Usage Services to derive value from the EA
Decision Support Services to support Portfolio Governance decisions

6 months, 14 days ago

“Enterprise Architecture As A Service” – What

In my previous blog, I described why “Enterprise Architecture As A Service” (EA As A Service) would be a good thing. Fundamentally because a properly implemented service delivery model would put the emphasis in more appropriate places:

– Production and use value versus EA as a deliverable
– Timely value along the way versus at the end
– Clear expectations versus vague promise
– Support and enablement versus ivory tower compliance