Open Group Boston 2014

May 28, 2014

We are happy to announce that we will be presenting again at the Open Group Conference, this year in Beantown, July 21-22. We will be presenting in the Health Care track with a colleague, Al Zannini, Director of Architecture and Design at Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI. Al and I will be sharing our journey to re-launch an Enterprise and Solution architecture capability, but more on that later… Read more



Think Strategically, Proceed Practically

January 20, 2014

Knowing the strategic solution is only part of the challenge. Let’s assume you are able to establish the “right and just” solution either because your enterprise has well documented target architectures and roadmaps or your solution has a well established “best practice” pattern you can apply.

Take a moment to savor your success, but only a moment! Now let this sobering thought sink in – your awesome design brings zero business value to your organization until it is instantiated and running in production. Zero. No business value at all.

In most cases, designing the strategic solution is the easy part of the challenge. Let’s review the remaining roadblocks between you and providing business value, then discuss the winding path to success.
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Develop Your Architectural Risk Radar

July 31, 2012

Risks are part of life. There is uncertainty everywhere. And as more and more of our lives and businesses depend on IT, the risk of IT failures and problems is a critical thing to be able to identify, understand, document and – ultimately – manage.

Architectural Risk is a critical discipline in the Systems Flow process. Its a huge selling point in the “design process” sales pitch we are often called on to deliver, usually not to prospective clients but rather to recalcitrant stakeholders or projects sponsors who need to be convinced to spend time in their projects sorting out architecture and design before diving into coding. Read more



Open Group 2012 – Cannes, France: Day Three Highlights

April 30, 2012

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.

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Open Group 2012: Cannes

March 12, 2012

We are excited to be presenting at the upcoming Open Group Conference this April in Cannes, France!

The Open Group introduces this conference as a forum to “… gain the tools and knowledge you need to introduce meaningful Enterprise Transformation:”

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