EA and Agile – Not Mutually Exclusive After All!

Every organization needs to be Agile in order to handle all kind of forces and developments inside and outside the organization. Equally, organizations also need the structure and overarching view of an organization that is provided by Enterprise Architecture. and in particular, The TOGAF® standard, a standard of The Open Group. Both Lean and EA can make organizations more Agile, but work from a different, complementary perspective. By synergizing both EA and Lean knowledge, techniques, and people, many organizations are exploiting the strengths of both approaches.

Implement Agile IT Strategic Planning with Enterprise Architecture

In this modern age, Digital Transformation continues to be a priority for company executives. They know that Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IOT), and Big Data are driving their ability to improve customer experience, stay ahead of the competition and generate business growth.  However, with IT teams entrenched in managing day-to-day technology, it is difficult for IT to stay abreast of the strategic discussions occurring at the business level and proactively plan for associated IT upgrades, modifications, or new systems. This disconnect can result in a lagging approach to IT planning especially as business decisions are made in fast-moving agile environments.

Snapshot of The Open Group Agile Architecture Framework™ Standard – A Conversation with Walters Obenson

As organizations around the world pursue more agile ways of working to innovate, attract and retain customers, drive best-in-class operating efficiencies, and respond quickly to changing economic and regulatory conditions, the architecture profession must evolve to support and drive such outcomes.

In continuing over 30 years of publishing award-winning leading practice standards for IT, The Open Group presents the Agile Architecture Framework™ (AAF), a comprehensive revision of core architecture practices – updated to compliment modern, digital operating models and agile development methods.

Agile Architecture in the Digital Age – a Conversation with Frédéric Lé

The agile transformation of the enterprise is becoming a pre-requisite of an effective digital transformation project. This requires organizations to adopt a product-centric, outside-in perspective, evolving product and service portfolios – as well as business and operational models – to deliver value faster than ever before. All this, whilst being closely aligned to the businesses needs and objectives.

We spoke with Frédéric Lé, Technology Strategist, Corporate Technology Office at DXC Technology, in advance of The Open Group Denver 2019 event to learn more about how digital leaders and their teams can steer transformation, something he has coined ‘DigitAgile’.

The Open Group ‘Open Digital Standards’ Virtual Event January 25-27, 2021 – Highlights

The transition to Digital First has become a necessity for the survival of private and public sector organizations in a post-pandemic world. It was therefore fantastic to see attendees gather virtually over the course of three days to discuss tangible solutions for navigating the challenges we face today. Sessions and workshops were hosted by a plethora of leading industry experts and centered on the development and implementation of open digital standards to address issues critical to the success of a Digital First enterprise.

Providing Customer-Driven Value With a TOGAF® based Enterprise Architecture

Traditionally, business processes have been the principal mean of interaction with business stakeholders for Enterprise Architects. As for the notion of business capability, it is a more recent concept also often used in enterprise architecture. Business capabilities allow a better understanding of how software applications are supporting the business, as very well explained in this video entitled “TOGAF® Business Architecture: Business Capability Guide”. Often, some new business capabilities have no supporting applications, while other older capabilities have too many. Both concepts alone fail to capture the value that an agile customer-driven organization must undertake to keep and grow its market share with more and more rapid and continuous innovative changes and more informed customers that are forcing them to have more fluid business strategies.

Reflections on 2020 and Looking Ahead to 2021

By Steve Nunn, President and CEO, The Open Group

Happy New Year everyone!

Firstly, I hope that you, your family, and friends, have been able to stay safe during these trying times. So many around the world have lost so much in this COVID-19 pandemic which clearly will be with us for some time yet. We must, however, be heartened by the unprecedented speed with which vaccines have been developed. The delivery and administration of these vaccines has only just begun, of course, but we have good reason to be optimistic about the coming months.

The Open Group ‘Digital-First’ Virtual Event October 26 – 29, 2020 – Highlights

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

As an organization that is known for solving business issues through global industry collaboration, The Open Group hosted its third virtual event October 26-29, 2020, which provided over 3,300 registrants with the opportunity to discover the critical digital standards that enable a smooth transition to a Digital-First enterprise.

The Open Group at “Experience IT NM”

On November 4 and 5, 2020, the New Mexico Technology Council is hosting its virtual event entitled Experience IT NM. The New Mexico Technology Council a member-driven association of businesses, organizations, and tech professionals working together to promote the growth and success of New Mexico’s technology business sectors. Its members include a diverse mix of New Mexico companies, cities, and universities and colleges.

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

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.

India’s National Digital Health Mission: A New Model to Enhance Health Outcomes

On August 15, 2020, India’s 74th Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM). The NDHM is a comprehensive digital platform that brings together multiple and diverse groups of stakeholders enabled by shared interfaces, reusable building blocks, canonical datasets, and open-standards, with a strong foundation of architecture. In a sector that is riddled with administrative and regulatory complexities, coupled with the scale and scope of operations in India, the NDHM aims to revolutionize the healthcare sector. As the largest democracy in the world, that follows a federated structure of governance the NDHM is unequivocally targeted at improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of the population, reducing the cost of providing healthcare, and enhancing the effectiveness of healthcare providers.

The Open Group ‘Digital-First’ Virtual July Event – Highlights Blog

As an organization that is known for its world-class events and prides itself on bringing people together globally, this week The Open Group hosted its second virtual event following the success of the first ever #ogVIRTUAL in April.

It was fantastic to have over 2,100 attendees from 107 countries come together virtually to explore the topic of ‘Digital First’. Sessions and workshops were hosted by a plethora of industry experts and centered on the security, trust, and architectural issues which need to be considered when becoming a “Digital-First” organization.

Resilience and Agility within The Open Group, Real-Time Embedded Systems, and the EC

A recent message to the staff of The Open Group by Steve Nunn, our President and CEO, quoted from the Company’s yearly strategy review document:

“As an organization, The Open Group is increasingly agile. However, more important at the moment, in particular, is the quality of resilience. Agility is a positive contributor to resilience, but being agile is not enough to be resilient. Resilience also requires continuity, recoverability, hardening, strength, forecasting, and many other capabilities. In our case, it also includes being open – operationally, culturally, technically, and in every other way. From a mission perspective, it demonstrates our progress “From Good to Great”. The Open Group has demonstrated its resilience several times in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.”

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