By Loren K. Baynes, Director, Global Marketing Communications, The Open Group
On Monday, April 16th, in sunny London, The Open Group kicked off its latest event with an opening speech from President and CEO Steve Nunn to a bustling room at the Central Hall Westminster, a remarkable venue located a stone’s throw from the iconic Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Steve welcomed over 300 attendees from 25 countries, including Singapore, Australia, and Czech Republic. Steve also announced the much anticipated launch of The Open Group TOGAF® Standard, Version 9.2.
Chris Forde, The Open Group General Manager, Asia Pacific Region & Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, then took to the stage to discuss the evolution of the TOGAF standard. Speaking to a full house, Chris explained that the latest updates place further emphasis on Business Architecture, Digital Trends, and Business Transformation beyond IT. Developed by The Open Group Architecture Forum, The Open Group TOGAF standard has been redesigned to sit at the center of the newly introduced TOGAF Library to accelerate the creation of new architectures for the enterprise.
In the first plenary session of the day, Oliver White, Transformation Director at UK charity BITC, reflected on the organization’s experience of developing and implementing a digital strategy. Oliver explained the need to move into the digital age made digital transformation an organization-wide issue for the first time. With the help of IBM, digital strategy is now “the backbone” of the organization’s overall business transformation strategy.
Next up, we heard from Steve Dock, a research business technology leader from Moody’s Corporation, who boldly stated that in two years, all news will be machine generated. In his plenary session, Steve delved into the business argument for machine based content delivery.
Steve Nunn, CEO, The Open Group with Steve Dock, SVP, Research, Content, Natural Language and Publishing, Moody’s Corporation
Following this, the audience was treated to a highly entertaining presentation from Ron Tolido, Senior VP, Group CTO Office, Global Insights & Data Practice at Capgemini. Ron took to the stage to discuss reference architecture for Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the usual fashion, Ron provided insightful comment for those who want to develop an innovation culture within their organization – ‘focus first on proving that your new ideas won’t work’. Looking at the full architectural picture is key to building an AI-first enterprise, Ron concluded.
Ron Tolido, Senior VP, Group CTO Office, Global Insights & Data Practice at Capgemini
The final session before Monday’s break for lunch came from J. Bryan Lail, Business Architect Fellow, Raytheon Missile Systems, and Roy Donelson, Managing Director, Defence, Raytheon UK. Both Bryan and Roy explained the strategic value and benefits of the business architecture methods integrated in the new TOGAF standard release. This will be followed on Tuesday, April 17, with a deep dive presentation into the specific architecture methods used by Raytheon.
The afternoon saw additional tracks taking place on Enterprise Architecture, AI and IoT, including:
- Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence in Enterprise Architecture – moderated by Ron Tolido, Capgemini
- Benefits-oriented Journey Through the EA Capability – Rolf Knoll, Head of Competence Area EAM, NovaTec Consulting GmbH
- Machine Learning Standards – Industrialising AI – Syed Husain, Manager Enterprise Architecture, Accenture
- Standards by The Open Group for Globally Interoperable APIs in Smart Cities – Kary Främling, CEO ControlThings, Professor, Aalto University, and Ron Schuldt, Manager, Data-Harmonizing
- Virtual Data Lakes and Microservices Architecture – a Platform for the Internet of Things – Dr. Chris Harding, Principal, Lacibus
The first jam-packed day of the London event concluded with drinks and networking at the Central Hall Westminster. It was a fantastic day with all our attendees, speakers, and sponsors!
Loren K. Baynes, Director, Global Marketing Communications, joined The Open Group in 2013 and spearheads corporate marketing initiatives, primarily the website, blog, media relations and social media. Loren has over 25 years experience in brand marketing and public relations and, prior to The Open Group, was with The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years. Loren holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She is based in the US.