I was delighted to attend another one of The Open Group TOGAF® User Group meetings. This one was held in London on April 18, 2018 with great interactions between users of the TOGAF Standard, experts, and staff of The Open Group. Attendees got that chance to Share experiences, be Enlightened by news, and Engage in the development process by expressing needs – i.e. to SEE TOGAF a little differently.
One of the most frequent set of questions I get are about getting started on an enterprise architecture project. How do we begin? What do we need to do first, third, next? My first reactionto this question is usually “please don’t start by don’t asking the client what they want the Enterprise Architecture to do?” I have seen this and it really puts clients off. For a more constructive response I have directed folk to the TOGAF® ADM and the various guides in the TOGAF® Library. Though usually thankful, that direction begets something like “thanks for that, but I was just wondering if I can get some practical tips right now.” I thought this might be a useful topic for a blog.
Following the second day of The Open Group London 2018, which was crammed full of content, as well as an exciting awards event on Tuesday evening, the third day, April 18th, was kicked off with both a TOGAF® User Group Meeting, as well as an IT Management Professionals Day.
On Monday, April 16th, in sunny London, The Open Group kicked off its latest event with an opening speech from 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.
The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology consortium, is hosting its upcoming event in San Diego, California, January 29 – February 1, 2018. The Open Group San Diego 2018 will focus on the Value of Reference Architectures, bringing together vendors and end-user organizations to discuss how to implement digital and global business models.
Achieving the TOGAF® certification is a significant milestone for over 70,000 Enterprise Architects around the world. And rightly so: the TOGAF, an Open Group standard, is one of the most widely-adopted Enterprise Architecture certifications. But for the best, learning never stops.