Implementing Open Agile Architecture practices, with Continuous Architectural Refactoring

A description of the author’s recent experience implementing Open Agile Architecture practices on projects. This post focuses on continuous architectural refactoring, particularly planning, understanding and guiding the architecture. Working on an enterprise SaaS application, continuously evolving to support existing and new customers and use cases.

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.

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.

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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