Open Group San Francisco 2016

January 15, 2016 |

We are happy to announce that after a brief hiatus, we will be presenting again at the Open Group Conference, this year in San Francisco, January 25-27. Ben Sommer and I will be presenting in the Architecture Methods and Techniques track. 

The theme of this conference is “How Enterprise Architecture is empowering companies to build better systems by architecting for digital business strategies.”

Topics for this year’s extravaganza (from the Open Group Website), include Business Architecture; how to architect systems using tools and frameworks such as TOGAF® and ArchiMate®; Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC); risk management and cybersecurity; business transformation; professional development, and improving the security and dependability of IT, including the global supply chain on which they rely.

Enterprise and solution architecture methods are the topics that get us excited and we look forward to sharing our perspective with others and learning from them at this gathering.  We definitely recommend you find time (and budget) to attend some industry conferences (see “Not Your Grandmother’s Boondoggle” for details), and we typically find the Open Group conferences in particular interesting, informative – and affordable.

Our talk is at 11am on Wednesday as part of the “architecture methods and techniques” track.  Ben will be hosting, so come to heckle him if for no other reason!  Our topic is Estimate What? – A Business-Driven Method for Early Scoping and Estimation of Architecture Impact.  The abstract:

Rarely does a new solution introduced to an enterprise stand alone, but instead must plug into the spider web of existing systems and integrations. A challenge faced by all organizations is the need to estimate solution costs early in the lifecycle to drive business decisions. Unfortunately, while a packaged solution itself may have an understood cost, the integrations and other impacts to existing systems are often not yet understood and the business requirements needed to figure it all out are not yet developed. 

This presentation introduces a method to provide a business with specific “yes and no” questions they can understand and answer to drive a model that identifies the enterprise technology impact of a solution. In practice, this has been very well received and resulted in a better understand of scope for IT and better visibility to business regarding the impact of their requests.

Not only does this data-driven approach streamline and de-stress the estimation process, but it produces data that over time can be used by Enterprise Architects to recognize patterns in project portfolios.

In multiple real-world scenarios, this approach has been very well received by business stakeholders and greatly reduced the frustration of the technology stakeholders supporting them. After introducing the theory and practice of the approach, we will review some of these real world case studies. While the technique applies to a wide variety of industries, the case studies reviewed will be for banking and a health care. 

After sharing these cases and the lessons learned when applying the method, we will review how you can go about identifying what types of solutions lend themselves to this method and how you can customizing the model for your own organization.

Hope to see you are there!  If you make it, stop by for a chat: we’d love to hear about your challenges are share any insights we may have.  If you are unable to attend, tune into our twitter feed for highlights or drop us an email at to learn how we can help your architecture practice.


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Dan Hughes

Was a principal consultant at Systems Flow, Inc.

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