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The Profession & Practice of
IT Architecture

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

Role and Rise of the IT Architect

  • The IT architect – the new professional
  • What is IT architecture?
  • The art of IT architecture
  • The business value of the IT architect

The IT Architecture Profession

Requirements for Effective IT Architecture Practice
  • Comparative enterprise architecture frameworks
  • The basis of effective IT architecture tools
  • Assessing IT architecture competence
Setting up and Running an IT Architecture Practice
  • Establishing an internal architecture practice
  • IT architecture as a business unit
  • Introducing IT architecture to the enterprise
IT Architect Certification
  • Architect certification efforts within the industry
  • The Open Group IT Architect Certification program
  • Certification and the development of the profession
IT Architecture – A Global Perspective
  • The IT architecture profession in the United States
  • The IT Architecture profession in China
  • The IT Architecture profession in South Africa
  • The IT Architecture profession in Australia

Other Conference Tracks

  • Enterprise architecture integration and infrastructure support
  • IT architecture and business transformation
  • The business case for IT architecture
  • IT architecture case studies
  • Enterprise architecture development
  • Architecting Boundaryless Information Flow™
Customs House, Dublin
Dublin: Customs House

Keynote Speakers

  • Minister of State, Tom Kitt, T.D., Department of the Taoiseach, Repubic of Ireland, with special responsibility for the Information Society
  • Colm Butler, Principal Officer of the Information Society Policy Unit at the Department of the Taoiseach, Republic of Ireland
  • Other speakers: see Program

About the Conference

The IT Architect defines – ‘architects’ – solutions to business problems through the reasoned application of information technology. Those solutions are manifested as architectures and can include systems, applications and process components. They may also involve the application and integration of a broad variety of products, technologies and services, various systems and applications architectures, and diverse hardware and software components.

Like a building architect, much of the IT Architect's work is focused on the front end of the solution life-cycle: listening to clients, understanding their business requirements and systematically forming incrementally more detailed definitions of the structures of an information technology solution – an architecture. The IT Architect may also be involved during the construction of a solution as an advocate for the client, as the ultimate authority on the architecture that was produced to address the client's business problem, and to provide technical leadership and guidance to the construction team.

The Open Group's IT Architecture Practitioners Conference will focus upon the need to define the role of the IT Architect which has arisen in response to industry demands for expertise in a number of disciplines involved in client-related professional engagements. It will examine the core competencies that are required which enable the IT Architect to hold the unique position of being able to view both the business need and the solution implementation side of a problem. The conference will also seek to define the bigger picture view which allows IT Architects to ensure that solutions fit within the organization’s business direction, comply with their IT standards, and support the enterprise architecture.

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