Becoming a Digital-First Enterprise: The Open Group October 2020 Virtual Event

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

Amidst ongoing global uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is evident: Business and technology leaders are facing the radical, fundamental change of becoming a digital enterprise. Traditional approaches and industry frameworks for technology management are being challenged both by new technologies and new practices, requiring key decision makers to take a more Agile, collaborative, and end-to-end value stream view of work. 

In the ongoing transition to Digital-First, an increasing number of technology executives, managers, and practitioners are looking for new approaches which will help them to make sense of the evolving business landscape and deliver digital products and services. 

With this in mind, The Open Group will host its upcoming event virtually on October 26-29, 2020 – providing the opportunity for attendees to discover the critical digital standards designed to enable and support the smooth transition to a Digital-First enterprise. 

Over the course of the four days, vendors, and end-user organizations from across the world will come together to discuss the main business, management, operational, and governance issues that are critical to the success of Agile Digital Transformation.

Monday’s sessions will focus on the theme of ‘Digital and Agile’, specifically looking at the new role of the Enterprise Architect within Agile, Digital-First enterprises. J.Bryan Lail, Business Architect Fellow, Raytheon Technologies will kick-off the day by discussing the strategic impact of Enterprise Architects and how they can best utilize the TOGAF® Ecosystem. Speakers will also include experts fromGénérale Corporate and Investment Banking, Fidelity Investments, and DXC Technology who will outline their experiences of scaling Agile and discuss Open Agile Architecture™, a new standard of The Open Group. Continuing on the theme of Agile development, Dr. Ben Heideveld, Solution Architect, Shell, will demonstrate how his team adapted the TOGAF framework to fit an Agile approach, while experts from Sykehuspartner and LeanIX will delve into how businesses can transform their technology landscapes. 

Day two will explore ‘Digital Transformation and Open Digital Standards’, highlighting the necessity of security and open standards within Digital Transformation initiatives. Peter Winn, Acting Chief Privacy Officer and Civil Liberties Officer, United States Department of Justice, will take an illuminating look at ‘Information Governance and Digital Transformation’, drawing from his own experience working with the US government. We’ll also hear from Mark Simos, Lead Architect at Microsoft and Altaz Valani, Director of Research, Security Compass, who will address the necessity of incorporating a Zero Trust security framework into a Digital Transformation project from the beginning, and explain the role of Zero Trust Architectures (ZTAs) for enabling this. To conclude the day, Martin Mocker, Professor at Reutlingen University and co-author of Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success, will speak to The Open Group CTO, David Lounsbury, on his research around the Digital Transformations of large digital companies.

On Wednesday, a TOGAF and ArchiMate® User Group Meeting will be held where attendees will hear from key stakeholders on developments within The Open Group Architecture Forum. Throughout all sessions, speakers will focus on how the TOGAF and ArchiMate standards – which complement each other for an effective Enterprise Architecture (EA) Delivery – are evolving for the new age. In addition, experts from Fujitsu and Ernst & Young will weigh up the relevance of EA via an open debate, looking at how Enterprise Architects can facilitate Agile team success. 

The event will also look at the work being carried out to develop an open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture, including an Open Process Automation™ Standard (O-PAS) Adoption Workshop, on Thursday, October 29. During the day, Members of the Open Process Automation™ Forum will run through real-life scenarios and illustrate how to incorporate the O-PAS™ Standard into current and future builds.

Key speakers at the event include:

  • Steve Nunn, President & CEO, The Open Group
  • Chris Forde, General Manager Asia Pacific and Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, The Open Group
  • Andrew Josey, VP Standards and Certification, The Open Group
  • David Lounsbury, Chief Technical Officer, The Open Group
  • Peter Winn, Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, United States Department of Justice
  • Martin Mocker, Professor, Reutlingen University and co-author of Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success
  • Frederic Le, Directeur Associé, Corporate Technology Office, DXC Technology
  • Lisa Carnahan, Associate Director for IT Standardization, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST
  • Don Bartusiak, Chief Engineer, Process Control, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
  • Dave Emerson, Director, Yokogawa, U.S. Technology Center 
  • Dr. Mohan Kalyanaraman, Technology Acquisition Advisor, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Full details of the agenda and speakers at the event can be found here

Registration for The Open Group Digital First virtual event is now open, and is available to members and non-members. Registration for the event can be found here. Please join us!

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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.