IT Architecture Practitioners Conference  Europe 2006, Barcelona, Spain The Open Group
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This highly practical three-day conference and series of workshops will address the key issues and challenges that face enterprise architects today. The conference is aimed specifically at enterprise architecture practitioners and those directly involved in the management and oversight of enterprise architecture.

Conference Proceedings
Summaries are can be accessed by everyone, Access to presentations is restricted to members of The Open Group and conference attendees.

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Who Should Attend
Enterprise architecture practitioners
Chief information officers and senior management responsible for IT and enterprise architecture oversight
Designers and managers of IT infrastructures
Product managers and engineering managers of architecture tools
Systems integrators
Procurement professionals responsible for selecting IT products and services

What You'll Experience
Participation in highly practical workshops teaching best practices in the enterprise architecture process
Review of in-depth case studies from organizations which put theory into practice, learning from them what works and what doesn't
Demonstrations and presentations on leading tools supporting open methods for enterprise architecture
Networking with leading architecture experts, vendors, and peers in the enterprise architecture field

Conference Outline

Making the business case for enterprise architecture
Value-based best practices at each stage of the EA process:
  How to create and sell a compelling architecture vision
  Effective strategies for architecture implementation and compliance
  How to manage architecture change

Introducing Architecture to the enterprise - the business case for Architecture
Setting up and Running an Architecture Practice
Assessing Architecture competence
Operating the Architecture function as a business unit
Architect certification efforts within the industry
Enterprise architecture development
Effective architecture governance strategies
Enterprise architecture and business transformation

Case Studies

Enterprise architecture frameworks in practice - understanding what different frameworks have to offer, and how to use the best of each
Tools for enterprise architecture -- the capabilities of existing tools for enterprise architecture, and innovative approaches to tool interoperability
Enterprise architecture in specific vertical sectors: government, commercial and finance


Throughout the event there will be exhibitions from leading architecture tools vendors, providing opportunities for hands-on, one-on-one discussions and demonstrations

More About the Conference

Enterprise architecture is the discipline that provides the strategic business context for the evolution of information technology within the extended enterprise. An effective enterprise architecture is also the key to managed innovation, by enabling the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation within the enterprise. Individual business units can innovate safely in the pursuit of competitive advantage; at the same time, the needs of the organization for an integrated, business-driven IT strategy are addressed, permitting the closest possible synergy across the extended enterprise.

This event provides experience-based insight into the approaches and methods that have proven effective in developing enterprise architectures around the world.

Just as importantly, it aims to examine the core competencies that are required to enable the enterprise architect to view both the business need and the solution implementation side of a problem; to clarify the skill and experience requirements for developing and implementing enterprise architectures; and the limitations that still exist in this immature field.

In this event, The Open Group provides a forum for all key constituencies and stakeholders to come together and explore the emerging role of the enterprise architect, to find new ways to solve problems, and to share best practices and network with peers.

The conference will take a highly practical, hands-on approach, combining presentations and discussions on best practices with interactive workshops, case study reviews and demonstrations of the latest tools.


About the Organizer
  The Open Group is uniquely qualified within the IT industry to bring together the buy side and the supply side to agree on the real requirements that the industry needs to address, and effective methods of addressing them.

Within the enterprise architecture domain, The Open Group has been active for over a decade, developing and making freely available an architecture framework and methodology - TOGAF. Developed by The Open Group's Architecture Forum, TOGAF is today accepted and used around the world as a genuinely open framework and method for enterprise architecture.