Open Group 2012 – Cannes, France: Day Three Highlights

The SFI Cannes team has been enjoying a nice balance of informative Architecture sessions, and a taste of French cote d’azur lifestyle! The team took a short drive to Antibes to enjoy some local Mediterranean seafood.

Day 3 sessions included:

  • Philippe Desfray’s discussion on Modeling TOGAF Enterprise Architecture using OMG


    Standard. Philippe provided insight as to how TOGAF does not enforce the usage of any other standard or practice.
  • Shankar Babu Chebrolu provided perspective on Cloud Collaboration in the supply chain. Cloud adoption best use cases were discussed as well as the serious challenges that still exist in this space.
  • Dave Hornford’s presentation Recalculating: Scenarios & Revision for a Live Roadmap touched on how not to confuse a road map with a project plan.
Our own Jim Hosey was a hit in presenting how Assessing Architectural Significance plays a crucial role in any engagement. Important take-aways included:
  • Demonstrating the value of enterprise architecture early and often to deliver quick value and promote trust
  • Using enterprise architecture and math technique to prioritize resources
  • Leveraging rubrics to put guardrails in place to convert the “art” of prioritizing architectural significance of projects slightly closer to “science”
  • Realizing most decision making tends to be subject to personal bias or opinion, and understanding that attempt to reduce the bias
  • Visualizing project significance using radar charts, a useful tool to display multivariate observations
  • Executing the same assessment techniques at the enterprise, solution, or application level

I am sure we will have more to say on this topic in upcoming articles.
Au revoir until the next Open Group conference!




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John Driscoll
is a Senior Consultant with Systems Flow, Inc. Over his 12-year career in the Information Technology field, John has consulted for numerous clients as a Technical Consultant for Hewlett-Packard, and also in both financial and other industries in the U.S.and abroad. John has an MBA with an emphasis in Information Technology from Northern Arizona University, and and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island.


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