By Loren K. Baynes, Director, Global Marketing Communications, The Open Group

The Open Group hosted its latest event at the stunning Koepelkerk, a 17th century domed cathedral adjoining the Renaissance Hotel, in Amsterdam, November 4 -7.  In attendance were 350 attendees – from 29 countries – including decision-makers, Enterprise Architects, technologists, and end-users representing many businesses and governments. The event explored how the two practices of Agile and Enterprise Architecture (EA) can leverage one another, with plenary and track sessions on Agile Architecture methods including case studies from organizations such as Capgemini, Raytheon, DXC, IAG, Micro Focus, Philips, and ING.

The Open Group Amsterdam at Koeplerkerk

On Monday, November 4, Steve Nunn, President and CEO, The Open Group, opened the conference by welcoming attendees and announcing, along with Andrew Josey (VP, Standards and Certification for The Open Group), the latest version of The Open Group Digital Practitioner Body of Knowledge™ Foundation Certification Program.

Ron Tolido, Global CTO, Capgemini, took to the stage to present “Alexa, Run My Business”, exploring the notion of an entirely autonomous, self-driving, and hyper-agile enterprise, and looking at how businesses can learn from successful autonomous systems – and their architectures – that are already in place today.

Other plenary topics were:

  • The Open Group Agile Architecture Framework™ (O-AAF): Lessons Learned and Perspectives with speakers from DXC, Société Générale, and MEGA International
  • Enabling Architectural Thinking to Succeed in Transformation with speakers from HSBC and CC&C Solutions
  • Open-Dependability Through Assuredness™ (O-DA) – Dependable Architecture in an Agile World featuring Junkyo (Jack) Fujieda with ReGIS (Research Environment of Global Information Society) Inc. and Chairman of The Open Group Japan, and Jun YoshiharaSaison Information Systems Co. Ltd.

During the lunch breaks, partner presentations were held by Avolution Software and LeanIX.

Afternoon tracks covered Enterprise Architecture, Open Process Automation, and Data Architecture, which was followed by a networking reception on Monday night – providing the opportunity for attendees to meet with speakers, industry experts, and exhibitors.

Tuesday – day two!  Steve Nunn kicked things off by announcing the ArchiMate® 3.1 Modeling Language Version 3.1 which is an update to the previous major version 3.0 (released in 2016).  It delivers a number of useful additions and improvements for Enterprise Architecture practitioners, including the introduction of a value stream element, directed notation for association, and formalization of the rules for deriving relationships.

We also celebrated 50 years of the UNIX® Operating System and the profound influence it’s had on the modern world, presenting Andras Szakal, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM U.S. Federal, with the UNIX Award to commemorate the milestone.  Other recipient organizations are HPE, Oracle, and Apple.

Steve Nunn and Andras Szakal

This exciting welcome was followed with a presentation by Marc Lankhorst with BiZZdesign discussing how the ArchiMate® Standard supports Business Architecture using techniques such as stakeholder analysis, strategy mapping, capability-based planning, ecosystem modeling, business outcome journey maps, and more.

The plenary continued with the following:

  • Enterprise Architecture Modeling with ArchiMate® in an Agile at Scale Program by Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie with Accenture
  • International Airlines Group, representing The Open Group Commercial Aviation Workgroup, highlighting the Agile success story of
  • An Agile Healthcare Reference Architecture and Federated Common Healthcare Information Model (FHIM) with Jason Lee, The Open Group Healthcare Forum Director

During lunch, attendees heard how Spar Nord Bank – which faces a highly competitive market fraught by regulatory compliance, digital disruption, PSD2 and Open Banking – is using EA to both maintain its SIFI Bank status and gain a competitive edge.

Afternoon tracks consisted of Enterprise Architecture, Digital in Practice, and a Commercial Aviation open session.

And of course we had to conclude the Tuesday with a very engaging, fun, and interesting off-site event at the NEMO Science Museum!

The NEMO Science Museum

On day three, The Open Group featured several workshops:

  • Digital Management Professionals Day showcasing a series of key value streams and their underpinning IT functions that can be used to manage and optimize digital business transformation
    • Speakers from Forrester, CIO Chat, Raytheon, ING, CC&C Solutions, Gaming Works BV
    • Another highlight was the IT4IT™ “Level 0” view of IT transformation, led by Lars Rossen, Micro Focus, who displayed a constructed 3-dimensional Lego experience to create a fun and physical way to see IT and Digital Transformation manifested

Micro Focus Lego Build

  • Healthcare Workshop and welcome to O-HERA™ (Healthcare Enterprise Reference Architecture) featuring Oliver Kipf with Philips; also presented was a case study in a Dutch hospital
  • ArchiMate® User Group Meeting which covered the latest developments related to The Open Group Architecture Portfolio including updates to the ArchiMate Specification, the ArchiMate Exchange File format, the TOGAF® Standard including the TOGAF Business Architecture and the Agile Architecture framework, The Open Group Open Badges program, and tools certification

ArchiMate User Group Meeting

Members-only meetings were also held throughout the week with topics and sessions led by The Open Group Forums.

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors and exhibitors; Avolution, LeanIX, MEGA International, Association of Enterprise Architects, Boomi, and Van Haren Publishing.

We are also grateful to our dedicated and insightful speakers, attendees, and staff who support these productions!

For ‘real time’ event tweets and photos, please go to Twitter and search #ogAMS; the full agenda can be found here.

We hope to see you at our next quarterly event – The Open Group San Antonio, Texas,  January 27 – 30, 2020.    #ogSAT         @theopengroup

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.