Day 1 Highlights
The first day of The Open Group IT
Architecture Practitioners Conference kicked off with an overview of The
Open Group and updates from The Open Group Forums, which outlined work
since the last conference and a glimpse of the future.
Following a great introduction from Allen
Brown, President & CEO of The Open Group, Leonard Fehskens (Leader,
Worldwide Architecture Profession Office, HP Services, Hewlett-Packard)
was on hand to present the keynote address where he talked about
architecture disciplines and ITAC, including the perspective that the IT
architecture profession should be given the opportunity to coalesce before
people start to fragment it and that IT architecture is not just about
technology but it also about business.
The keynote was followed by a number of
diverse and interesting presentations from industry luminaries, including
Jay Gould (Senior Advisor, Enterprise Technology Office, Citigroup) who
indicated that in addition to Citigroup being the third largest software
developer, standardization is key to Citigroupís enterprise
architecture. Mike Lambert (Fellow of the Open Group) presented an
overview of his current work as a professor at Reading University (UK) in
which he is educating students on TOGAFô.
Steve Rasmussen (CTO at Anglo Platinum
Corporation) advocated enterprise architecture as an investment necessary
to move business forward. He also spoke on how the company is now looking
to implement governance principles as a way to help sustain Anglo Platinumís
enterprise architecture for the long term.
Sohrab Kakalia (Head of Technical
Consulting at Infosys Technologies Ltd.) outlined the role of the IT
architect in a Global Environment.
Andy Muholland and Dave van Gelder, both of
Capgemini, led an interactive discussion about service oriented enterprise
and the role of the IT architect, including four fundamental questions on
The afternoon began with a compelling
presentation from Andras Szakal (Chief Architect, IBM Federal Software
Group) including an update on the future direction of ITAC.
Stuart Macgregor of Real IRM presented on
enterprise architecture as an IT architecture discipline and David Jackson
(Software Architect, IBM) discussed the role of security architecture as
an IT architecture discipline.