Sitting down with Rob Akershoek (DevOps / IT4IT Architect) after the recent Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit

By Ash Patel – Marketing Specialist, The Open Group.

After the recent Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Summit (Hybrid Event), we reached out to Rob Akershoek (DevOps / IT4IT Architect) to tell us more about what he does, advice he may have for those interested in a career involving IT Management, and much more.

“All Standards are Wrong”?

By Kees van den Brink, Senior Manager Platform Architect, ServiceNow.

This blog title is derived from the famous quote by George E.P. Box from his paper “Science and Statistics”:

Box made this statement in relation to the use of statistical models by scientists, but I’ve found that it applies equally well to the use of open standards by enterprise architects and other digital practitioners.

Key take away from this blog:
o Standards can be useful when you:
o Learn and adopt from what makes sense
o Reject what does not fit
o Want to know more: Read “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation”


Frankly, standards can be very helpful and are necessary, like the TCP/IP standard, or even old standards such as the Baudot Code (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudot_code), which helped early instances of what would later be called telecommunications companies grow fast, or the ISO Standards, which help with interoperability.

However, there are a lot of lesser-known standards that are not getting such broad adoption. Examples that come to mind are the IT4IT™ Standard, TOGAF® Standard, BIZBOK®, etc.

How to Use Microservices: A Guide for Enterprise Architects

By Andrew Lewthwaite and Leahan Shimon, Avolution

Many organizations have started to break up a portion of their monolith applications and systems, transitioning to sets of smaller, interconnected microservices.

A recent survey by TechRepublic found that organizations who used microservices were reaping clear benefits: 69% were experiencing faster deployment of services, 61% had greater flexibility to respond to changing conditions, and 56% benefited more from rapidly scaling up new features into large applications.

MOSA is Here to Stay: A Recap of the 2021 FACE™ and SOSA™ Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) Event

By Chip Downing, Senior Market Development Director, Aerospace & Defense, Real-Time Innovations, Inc.

I continue to be amazed by the promotion and advancement of The Open Group FACE™ and SOSA™ Technical Standards and Business Approach within the U.S. armed services. Nowhere was this more evident than at the recent FACE and SOSA Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) 2021, which was hosted by the U.S. Army, sponsored by TES-SAVi, and supported by over 45 exhibitors. This event proved decisively that the Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) is here to stay.   

Enterprise Architecture Supporting the Agile Organization in a World of Continuous Change

By Sonia Gonzales, TOGAF® Standard Product Manager, The Open Group

Organizations need to be resilient and agile to adapt to a market that is changing at a faster pace. Due to the increase in digital technologies available at consumers’ fingertips, organizations need to innovate and get the capabilities needed to support these new digital offerings that customers are demanding in an effective way.

The TOGAF® Standard Cited as GovTech Solution by the World Bank Group

By Steve Nunn, President and CEO, The Open Group

As digital transformation has matured in the private sector, it has demonstrated its value ever more clearly. Where, ten or twenty years ago, digitalization of core functions was too often a fragmented affair with inconsistent or unpredictable results, we are now increasingly seeing holistic, cohesive implementations being driven by more comprehensive project roadmaps, deeper institutional knowledge, and clearer open standards. The result is that business and consumer expectations have now shifted significantly into line with what digital approaches can uniquely offer.

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