Day 2 Highlights
The second day of The Open Group IT Architecture Practitioners
Conference was exceptional in that it offered five key streams for
conference attendees: enterprise architecture development, architecture
management: setting up an architecture practice, service oriented
architectures, architecting to the edge, and agent technologies. The
widespread viewpoints represented at these diverse streams were met with
much enthusiasm by the attendees.
Sean Chang and Sandeep Kulkarni, of the Clorox Company, presented on
the innovation-driven architecture where they discussed their experiences
of building an enterprise architecture practice at Clorox. From a business
perspective, Clorox is incredibly focused on innovation and the IS
organization recognized the need for the discipline of an enterprise
architecture framework to match the company's business innovations. Their
presentation reiterated a common conference theme – that enterprise
architecture is intrinsically linked to how a company can improve the way
they do business.
Following this was a very interesting presentation from Klaus Peltsch
(Director of Architecture at Ontario Lottery & Gaming), in which he
highlighted the evolution of enterprise architecture within his own
organization, including that they are working to establish a partnership
between IT and business to improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of
both business and IT activities. He also defined five critical success
factors in order to accomplish Ontario Lottery & Gaming's enterprise
architecture mission that resonated with the crowd.
Tony Carrato (Executive IT Architect, Enterprise Integration Solutions,
IBM) spoke about SOA anti-patterns, or as he defined it "a known
not-to-work solution to a problem". He presented an eye-opening
number of ways on how not to implement an SOA.
James de Raeve (VP Certification, The Open Group) also presented a
practical guide to becoming an Open Group Certified IT Architect, focusing
his presentation on the applicant's perspective, which was met with much
enthusiasm by the audience.
Dr. Christopher Harding (Head of the SOA Working Group, The Open Group)
outlined The Open Group's perspective that for SOA, standards mean a
framework for SOA, that it is based on ontology, and enables model-driven
interface definition and implementations.
A panel discussion led by SOA luminaries from the Integration
Consortium, OASIS, OMG, The Open Group, and moderated by Ed Harrington
(Executive VP & COO, Data Access Technologies) challenged the
audience's perspective on what standards mean for SOA.
The stream on agent technologies: enabling the intelligent enterprise,
represented the Agent Technologies Forum, which is being established to
assist the development and deployment of agent technology in an enterprise
environment and included a half day of presentations from Andy Muholland
(Global CTO, Capgemini) who presented a keynote on the link between
architecture, services, and the needs of a business. This track also
included a presentation focused on agents, and what are they doing for us
now from James Odell (Senior Research Scientist, Intelligent Automation).