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The Open Group Events in Arabia and India

By Jim Hietala, The Open Group

One of the real benefits of working for The Open Group is the opportunity to meet with leading organizations around the world, and to hear their views and concerns around architecture, IT and security issues. I had the great pleasure of participating recently in The Open Group Conferences in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune (India).

From a personal standpoint, The Open Group team had nothing but great experiences in both India and UAE, and The Open Group partners in each region (Shift Technologies in Arabia, and Capgemini in India) did an outstanding job of organizing the events and providing real value to attendees.

It was interesting to engage with customer organizations in both countries, and to hear their pressing concerns around IT security, enterprise architecture, and Cloud Computing. While there are differences between regions — including adoption rates for Cloud Computing and other factors — I was struck to a much greater degree by how similar the concerns are.

Specific to IT security, the world is indeed flat, and the threats being faced as well as the security concerns and approaches in India and UAE mirror those in the US, Europe, and elsewhere. The combination of ubiquitous, global network access and highly motivated cyber-adversaries has brought new meaning to the old security maxim “there’s no security in obscurity”.

Security will be a major topic of discussion at The Open Group Conference, London, May 9-13. Join us for best practices, case studies and the future of information security, presented by preeminent thought leaders in the industry.

Thanks to Jim Hietala, contributor of The Open Group Blog’s 50th post!

Jim HietalaAn IT security industry veteran, Jim is Vice President of Security at The Open Group, where he is responsible for security programs and standards activities. He holds the CISSP and GSEC certifications. Jim is based in the U.S.

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The Cloud, multiple Platforms within Platforms

By Mark Skilton, Capgemini

I recently attended The Open Group India Conference in March. This was the first time that The Open Group India had launched such an event, and they had the ambitious target of visiting three cities in the week. The event itself was a platform for discussion of Indian perspectives on all aspects of Architect Best Practices, and in particular, the India market on Enterprise Architecture and Cloud Computing. It drew a significant cross section of public and private industry sector professionals at all the venues, with keen debate and presentations demonstrating industry-leading thought leadership and case study.

The highly successful event raised important questions and discussion on significant topics of the moment in architecture and the Indian perspective. One that stands out in Cloud Computing was the development of Cloud Architectures and the role of Cloud as a platform for services.

Significant Cloud Computing commentary from the Cloud panel sessions included:

  • The role Indian government IT services strategy development could play in applying Cloud Computing, Grid and SOA concepts to the public sector services to the federated and regional citizenship
  • How the Indian market could exploit the SMB and youth demographic that see the Cloud as a rapid resource delivery platform, and huge potential for services in the Cloud to local and international markets
  • The evolution of Cloud services, notably in Big Data and content as a service and in applications software development in the Cloud using PaaS. Both need further focus on master data semantics and interoperability standards to help versioning, persistence of data and support of multiple Cloud virtual environments to drive the potential reality going forward

The debate of Cloud Architectures and Platforms ran throughout the three-city Conference, with notable observations and lessons learnt, including:

  • Support of multiple locations by “location-aware Clouds” was an interesting aspect when developing shared platforms that need to recognize the delivery and localization of “last mile logistics” and end-user experience of the service. One-size-fits-all needed some abstraction of end point use in enabling adoption flexibility and relevancy
  • Cloud Architectures had to be “platforms” that “evolved” like the ecosystem that made up its internal and external components and services. This was a fact as many Clouds and integration adaptor strategies using open source and proprietary technologies where driving ahead with different standards and speeds of development. Understanding the solution options needed to “design for change” was a matter of urgency in architectural design practice for Cloud
  • Mobile Cloud, including the Internet of things (IoT) and the spread of mobile channel services everywhere, drew considerable interest as a strong potential second wave of the Cloud as it enters the next stage of added-value services, virtual communities and multi-Cloud service marketplaces

The underlying theme seemed to be the emergence of service platforms and services enabled by the Cloud and its pervasiveness into social media and social networks underpinned by Cloud infrastructure and data centers. Platforms enabling other platforms in a distributed regional, wireless, global bandwidth enabled world.

I remembered that, at the same time as the Indian event, there was a shining example of technological inspiration right above our heads orbiting 200 miles around the Earth: the STS133 mission and final space flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. This in itself was an inspiring magnificent achievement. The shuttle had flown more missions than any other — 39 in the 25-year flight history — but that was not the whole picture. Discovery was the platform that launched another platform, the Hubble Space Telescope, into the heavens. And look what discoveries came of that: the first pictures of the now-famous Eagle Nebula stellar nurseries, new insights into the distribution of galaxies and the universal constant, and the list goes on. One platform borne upon another; how much further will our children see tomorrow?

Cloud Computing will be a topic of discussion at The Open Group Conference, London, May 9-13. Join us for best practices, case studies and the future of information security, presented by preeminent thought leaders in the industry.

Mark Skilton, Director, Capgemini, is the Co-Chair of The Open Group Cloud Computing Work Group. He has been involved in advising clients and developing of strategic portfolio services in Cloud Computing and business transformation. His recent contributions include the publication of Return on Investment models on Cloud Computing widely syndicated that achieved 50,000 hits on CIO.com and in the British Computer Society 2010 Annual Review. His current activities include development of a new Cloud Computing Model standards and best practices on the subject of Cloud Computing impact on Outsourcing and Off-shoring models and contributed to the second edition of the Handbook of Global Outsourcing and Off-shoring published through his involvement with Warwick Business School UK Specialist Masters Degree Program in Information Systems Management.

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Looking back at Day Three in Pune: The Open Group India Conference

By Raghuraman Krishnamurthy, Cognizant Technology Solutions

The Open Group India Conference in Pune on 11 March, 2011 was very well attended. The delegates actively participated in the Conference, ensuring a very lively day. In the morning, Mick Adams and Chris Forde spoke about ‘Architecture Trends Globally’, where they made interesting suggestions for using EA to articulate benefits to customers, employees and shareholders. They also said that EA efforts ideally should find a mention in the enterprise’s annual report, and that can be regarded as the touchstone for EA gaining its due recognition.

In the afternoon presentation on ‘Private Sector Multinational Deployment of TOGAF®, Mick Adams engaged the delegates with discussions around the relevance of certification in India. Several interesting points were debated:

  • How to ensure the certification process has the flavor of both theory and practical application
  • How certification helps in screening

The overall opinion was towards certification as a distinguishing credential. In another interesting discussion about how India can contribute to The Open Group, some interesting points were made:

  • How working groups have unearthly conference hours in Asia, naturally curtailing participation from India
  • How India, by working with enterprises across the globe, can provide the vantage view point to The Open Group

During my presentation on ‘Reorienting EA’, the delegates enthusiastically shared their experience of the flat world trends and their challenges in EA work. The day concluded with a panel discussion (on the EA track) on ‘Architecture Value – What Does This Mean for the Indian Marketplace?’ Thanks a lot to Capgemini and The Open Group for bringing this conference to India. I am sure it benefited all those who participated.

Raghuraman Krishnamurthy works as a Principal Architect at Cognizant Technology Solutions and is based in India. He can be reached at Raghuraman.krishnamurthy2@cognizant.com.

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Looking back at Day Two in Hyderabad: The Open Group India Conference

By Raghuraman Krishnamurthy, Cognizant Technology Solutions

The Open Group India Conference in Hyderabad featured several high brain-powered sessions. It was a pleasure to hear Dr. Pallabh Saha (National University of Singapore) talk about ‘EA as a platform for connected government’. Some very interesting observations were made: How EA efforts sometimes tend to be less business-oriented and get fixated with IT rationalization; the truth of connectedness in everything; the need for building synthesis ability and conscious attempts to see the not-so-easily-apparent connections. There was also a very interesting talk on ‘Internet of Things’ by Shalini Kapoor (IBM). She traced how the evolution is happening from a web of pages, to a web of people, to a web of things. During the lively presentation, Shalini touched on devices getting connected, and possibly a mobile device being the end point in this ‘web of connected things’. In short, in the very near feature, there may be no device in this universe which may exist on its own without exchanging information, I would surmise!

There were two tracks in the afternoon session, one each on EA and Cloud Computing. My presentation on ‘Reorienting EA’ brought out some interesting observations about how EA can never be static, and also my personal experiences on successful and not-so-successful EA engagements.

I share the sentiment made by other participants about how useful the conference has been in furthering our knowledge in various exciting fields in such a short time – a day, literally!

The Open Group India Conference is underway this week; it will next travel to Pune (March 11). Join us for best practices and case studies in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Security, Cloud and Certification, presented by preeminent thought leaders in the industry.

Raghuraman Krishnamurthy works as a Principal Architect at Cognizant Technology Solutions and is based in India. He can be reached at Raghuraman.krishnamurthy2@cognizant.com.

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Looking back at Day One in Chennai: The Open Group India Conference

By Raghuraman Krishnamurthy, Cognizant Technology Solutions

The Open Group India Conference in Chennai Monday was well-attended with a lot of interesting topics covering EA and Cloud. The choice of topics and the order of presentation ensured continued interest throughout the day; distinguished speakers across the industry shared their views. The morning session featured speakers covering topics like Global Architecture Trends, EA as a Platform for Connected Governments, Federated Cloud Computing, Information Security, and How Cloud is Transforming Business. There were two tracks post-lunch: one for Cloud and one for EA.

There were two panel discussions. I attended the panel discussion about ‘Should CIOs Manage the Enterprise Architecture Initiative?’. The panelists debated about the pros and cons. One sentiment that emerged was that much depends on the type of organization, the maturity level of the organization and the personality of the CIO. The lively debate touched topics such as permeation of IT across the divisions of enterprise: how IT is no longer an enabler but the critical component for conducting business itself. Thought-provoking discussions ensued on how the role of CIO is continuously changing from managing IT to contributing to business strategy. The moderator threw out an interesting dimension that no longer is the CIO the Chief Information Officer, but increasingly Chief Innovation Officer. This resonated well with the audience and the panelists.

I am glad that my talk on ‘Reorienting EA‘ found a great deal of resonance in some of the earlier presentations. The need to cultivate Symphonic thinking and the ability to see connections was one of the main points of the presentation. The focus was on the pharmaceutical sector and how the flat world trends are influencing the EA. I am enriched by this experience on two counts: By sharing my thoughts with the distinguished audience I have gained deeper appreciation of my topic; and by listening to the great presentations.

The Open Group India Conference is underway this week; it will next travel to Hyderabad (March 9) and Pune (March 11). Join us for best practices and case studies in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Security, Cloud and Certification, presented by preeminent thought leaders in the industry.

Raghuraman Krishnamurthy works as a Principal Architect at Cognizant Technology Solutions and is based in India. He can be reached at Raghuraman.krishnamurthy2@cognizant.com.

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Thoughts on reorienting Enterprise Architecture

By Raghuraman Krishnamurthy, Cognizant Technology Solutions

My last post generated an interesting comment from Tom, who found resonance in one of the thoughts (“EA should be a wider discipline”) that I had mentioned: the need to look at the world and learn from the leaner supply chain efficiencies realized by the manufacturing segment. In an interesting post on securing global technology supply chains, Andras Szakal of IBM talks about taking cues from industry associations. An effort like this that attempts to learn from the established efficiencies of other supply chains will be a great step forward.

In the flat world, innovations can occur anywhere and enterprises must look at how to take best advantage of that. The emergence of the Internet and richer channels of communication have created new fundamental forces that any enterprise needs to contend with:

  • Getting closer to your customer
  • Innovations in service/product offerings
  • Achieve high operational efficiency
  • Building of brand perception: Regulatory/social/environmental consciousness

Taking the case of the pharmaceutical industry, one can see how all the above forces have resulted in dramatic transformations. For pharmaceuticals, where the earlier customer segments were the prescribing physician and the payers, a new brand segment has emerged: the patients. Technology advances have enabled formation of virtual communities where the efficacies of drugs are debated by patients, and this has created powerful brand perception that pharmaceuticals cannot afford to ignore. Pharmaceuticals and providers are coming together to create innovative service offerings and are beginning to experiment with outcome-based payment plans. Regulators and the public demand more transparency in the clinical trial processes and sharing of safety data. The need for higher operational efficiency has resulted in more and more outsourcing of business processes. This has created a fluxed enterprise boundary as many competencies are outside the traditional realm of the enterprise.

Successful EA needs to demonstrate a deep understanding of these fundamental forces. Whatever modeling or tools or methodologies one may adapt for EA, there should be a connect to these fundamental forces that shape the thinking of the enterprise. I think it is very important that we be aware of the forces of influence of our enterprises and position EA to help manage these forces. Of course, it is a long call to have practical demonstrations of this, but an effort in this direction demonstrates staying relevant and contributing in a powerful way. EA is truly at the cusp of transformation.

Enterprise Architecture will be a topic of discussion at The Open Group India Conference next week in Chennai (March 7), Hyderabad (March 9) and Pune (March 11). Join us for best practices and case studies in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Security, Cloud and Certification, presented by preeminent thought leaders in the industry.

Raghuraman Krishnamurthy works as a Principal Architect at Cognizant Technology Solutions and is based in India. He can be reached at Raghuraman.krishnamurthy2@cognizant.com.

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World-class EA

By Mick Adams, Capgemini UK

World-class Enterprise Architecture is all about creating definitive collateral that defines how the architecture delivers value for societal value.

I know that’s a big, bold claim, but there’re enough dreamers and doers that are making this happen right now. World-class EA tackles big industry issues and offers big, brave solutions. The Open Group has already published several whitepapers at on this… banking, anyone? no problem… public services? Absolutely. World-class EA tackles these industry verticals and a bunch of others to describe a truly holistic model that unlocks value. Take a look at the World Class EA White Paper available in The Open Group’s online bookstore. Highlights of the whitepaper include:

  • Selection of industry drivers and potential architecture response
  • Suggested maturity model to calibrate organizations
  • Example of applying a maturity rating
  • Set of templates and suggested diagrams to provision TOGAF® 9 content

The work is ongoing; it’s not definitive yet. We are looking for more problem definitions and solutions to drive a collective global mindset forward to ensure that IT delivers benefits across the entire value chain. If we agree on what the problems are, prioritize and work on them in a wholly collegiate manner, the industry is in a better place as a consequence. My view is that The Open Group is the only viable platform to provision BIG IT to industry and society.

The Open Group India is running an event soon that I’m hoping will further refine world-class EA. The IT industry in India is flying red hot, and thriving at the moment. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the boldest and most innovative entrepreneurial people in the world that happen to come from India. There is an absolute passion for learning and contribution on the sub continent like no other. At The Open Group India event, we will discuss:

  • Defining the BIG IT topics for today
  • Insights about IT and EA
  • Providing/provisioning demonstrable value to make a difference

The countdown has begun to The Open Group India Conference. If you want to know what’s happening in architecture right now, or want to influence what could happen to our industry in India or globally, come along.

World-class EA will be a topic of discussion at The Open Group India Conference in Chennai (March 7), Hyderabad (March 9) and Pune (March 11). Join us for best practices and case studies in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Security, Cloud and Certification, presented by preeminent thought leaders in the industry.

As a member of Capgemini global architecture leadership, Mick Adams has been involved in the development of some of the world’s largest enterprise architectures and has managed Capgemini contributions to The Open Group Architecture Forum for over two years. He has wide industry experience but his architecture work is currently focused on Central Government(s) and oil super-majors.

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