New Security Architecture Practitioner’s Initiative

Organization leaders know they need cybersecurity, but 2017 has driven that point home with special force. Intelligence Agencies have shown that even the most secure targets are vulnerable, and the rapid proliferation of ransomware has demonstrated that damage can be crippling and come without warning.

The Security Architecture Practitioner’s Initiative is a joint effort of The Open Group Security Forum (a global thought leader in Enterprise Architecture) and The SABSA Institute (a global thought leader in Security Architecture) to articulate in a clear, approachable way the characteristics of a highly-qualified Security Architect.

5 Steps to Create Winning Enterprise Integration Strategy in the Digital Era

In the fast paced technology driven businesses, quick turnaround solutions like microservices often take the precedence over “planned” integration. This strategy, although in short term, provides for better business value, in the long run, creates unmanageable technical debt. As uncontrolled business debt erodes business’s ability to grow further, uncontrolled technical debt erodes IT department’s ability to fund future innovations. Although in many cases it’s an easiest approach to take, piecemeal achievements are short lived. Soon, IT teams find themselves lost in a sea of fragmented software gizmos.

Global Mining Standards and Guideline Group (GMSG) – Johannesburg Workshop

Roy Irvine, The Open Group Exploration, Mining, Metals & Minerals (EMMMTM) Forum Director, attended the GMSG workshop in Johannesburg, held on September 20-21, 2017, in association with the South African Institute of Mines and Metallurgy (SAIMM). The purpose of the workshop was to give an update of the various GMSG work areas, which included the EMMM Forum work, under the work area ‘Common Reference Framework’.

The Open Group Amsterdam 2017 – Event Highlights

The rapid pace of technology innovation in today’s digital economy means that businesses require a level of agility and responsiveness that cannot be delivered by conventional business strategies and operating models.

This event focused on how Enterprise Architecture and the use of standards from The Open Group, such as TOGAF®, ArchiMate® and IT4IT™ (for managing the business of IT), are empowering companies to build better systems by architecting for digital business strategies.

Topics included: EA and Business Transformation; EA in Government; EA in Healthcare; Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities; Risk Management and Cybersecurity; Process Automation; and IT Management.

Digital Transformation at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport: A Conversation with Aaldert Hofman

Global air travel is growing at exponential rates. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air travel is expected to double by 2035, growing from 3.8 billion travels in 2016 to 7.2 billion.

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is already feeling the effects of this growth. According to Aaldert Hofman, Lead Enterprise Architect for the Schiphol Group, the airport has been working to accommodate this trend through digital transformation, using a strategy of “bytes not bricks” to better manage crowds, accommodate airline schedules and provide a better passenger experience.

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