IT Architecture Practitioners'
Conference - Cape Town
The Open Group IT Architecture Practitioners' Conferences are organized
by architecture practitioners, for architecture practitioners, and for
those directly involved in the management and oversight of IT Architecture.
They are conferences about best practice in IT Architecture today, with
Open Group members and non-members alike coming together to share
insights and perspectives on how to improve the practice and profession
of IT Architecture.
Held for the first time in the southern hemisphere, and hosted by The
Open Group in association with its representative in South Africa, Real
IRM, this IT Architecture Practitioners' Conference addressed some of
the key issues and challenges that face IT Architects today, with particular
emphasis on the domain of Enterprise Architecture.
The event attracted a truly international line-up of speakers and participants.
Besides providing experience-based insight into the approaches that have
proven effective in developing enterprise architectures around the world,
the Cape Town event additionally included a number of excellent case
studies of leading work in the EA field by South African organizations.
The conference followed a highly practical, hands-on approach, combining
presentations and discussions on best practices with workshops, case
study reviews and demonstrations of the latest tools.
The agenda for this Architecture Practitioners' Conference covered 33
individual sessions, structured into 10 streams over three days. The
event provided a wealth of current case study and tutorial material,
The presentations referenced below
are freely available only to members of The Open Group and conference
Day 1: Tutorial - Introduction to TOGAF
The main body of the conference was prefaced by an excellent tutorial
on the TOGAF framework by Mike Lambert, Fellow of The Open Group.
The Open Group's Architecture Forum has been active for over a decade,
developing and making freely available the TOGAF architecture framework
and methodology. TOGAF is today accepted and used world-wide as a genuinely
open framework and method for enterprise architecture.
This tutorial by Mike Lambert described what the The Open Group Architecture
Forum has achieved so far with the development of TOGAF, and its plans
for future development of TOGAF, and explained the key role that TOGAF
plays as a truly vendor-neutral and technology-neutral framework for
The conference plenary had a dual role of giving participants an update
on The Open Group's activities, both in Architecture and in wider fields;
and of showcasing a number of excellent case studies on the leading work
done by South African organizations in the EA field.
The final day of the conference saw a number of different streams running
in two parallel tracks, which provided a forum for Architects from different
countries and many different industry sectors to share experiences, discuss
best practice in Architecture, find new ways to solve problems, and learn
from each other.
CASE STUDY : Introducing/Establishing an Effective IT Architecture
in a High Technology Enterprise - The Barriers and the Workarounds Oluwagbamila
O. Oyekanmi, IT Architecture Manager, Vmobile, Nigeria