Open Group Austin – Final Roundup

July 25, 2011 |

Day three of the Open Group Austin conference rounded out an already great information-sharing week. While the heat continued outside, the hot topics and discussions continued inside!

  • Mark McCormick kicked off the business alignment track by sharing an IT transformation case study chock full of approach and deliverable recommendations, winning our hearts and minds with references to both Starbucks and diagramming. A defined business strategy was identified as a critical prerequisite. The importance of an IT charge back model – or, at the very least, cost visibility – to the business resonated with us.
  • Bill Cason discussed some tools and techniques for aligning business with technology, highlighting how EA can drive up the value chain and improve business process. We liked his description of business alignment as the mapping of business capabilities to IT assets, Gartner’s “Rosetta Stone”.
  • In the cloud track, John Dohm highlighted some lessons learned while building “agile infrastructure.” We took away his warning that IT consumers (e.g. the business units), will drive adoption of cloud services and IT can either get out in front or clean up afterward.
  • Bill Brierley spoke in the EA Program Management track and discussed the preliminary phase of setting up a new Enterprise Architecture program. He provided a heads-up on the push-back one could expect from others in the organization due to the culture shock which occurs with any organizational change. We also fully agreed with the point he made that a successful EA program relies on the collective wisdom of the entire organization.

Last, and certainly not least, our own Ben Sommer did an excellent job of presenting the final chapter in our Investigative Architecture Series: The Data Context Diagram. It was well received and stimulated some great dialog and feedback, for which we are grateful. A special thanks to those who participated! The presentation can be downloaded from our publications page.

If you missed them, check out our recaps for Day 1 and Day 2.

I would be remiss not to mention the Systems Flow “Lunch Truck” outing to the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery for some uniquely Austin flavor. A perfect way to put a bow on a fantastic week!

Thanks to The Open Group – we look forward to the next one!

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Dan Hughes

Was a principal consultant at Systems Flow, Inc.

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