In the digital age, whether an organization will experience a cyber disruption is not a question of “if” but “when?” Although disruptive events may be inevitable, organizations can be prepared with some strategizing and planning.
The aim of this event was to unite practitioners and industry experts to discuss achievements, lessons learned and looming issues in e-Government. The theme, “Making Standards Work® e-Government” looked at the e-Society, e-Technology and e-Management viewpoints –federal, provincial, municipal and NGOs. Emphasis was on how techniques such as Enterprise Architecture and Business Design and standards such as TOGAF® and ArchiMate® are acting as a foundational core for enterprise transformation.
Topics include: issues surrounding business transformation, business analysis, information sharing, e-health, privacy and cyber-security. In addition, the strategic execution and the application of emerging technologies and management techniques to e-Government will be the subject of presentations by global experts.
Tackling some key misconceptions about Enterprise Architecture can ease fear, uncertainty, and doubt about its effectiveness. If there is any form that is essential, it is text, whether the text is annotating a diagram or fully describing a requirement, it must be used to document architecture. An example of an architecture documented in only text is the U.S. Constitution.
The ArchiMate language should address only what is necessary to model architecture and leave the other areas to appropriate modeling languages, such as BPMN™ for business process models and UML® for software models. Each profession has its own optimal terminology, languages, and tools. The ArchiMate language should not challenge languages designed for disciplines beyond architecture. It is better to ensure traceability between different model types to maintain consistency. If there is a desire for a modeling language for other areas, do not just add them to the ArchiMate language but make a related new language.
Digitalization is forcing the convergence of networks and platforms that have traditionally remained separate. Mobile networks have previously been the domain of telecommunications providers, but as new mobile generations emerge the reach of the network is also becoming an enterprise domain.
We spoke with Thomas Magedanz, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the Technische Universität Berlin and Director of the software-based networks competence center at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, about the expectations for 5G networks, why 5G technologies are being tested with Smart Cities applications and how standards can drive the global network interoperability that 5G will require. Thomas was a keynote speaker at The Open Group Berlin 2017 in April.
Making Standards Work® for Smart Cities was the theme of The Open Group Berlin 2017 event. The focus was on how an architecture framework such as TOGAF®, an Open Group standard, can help administrations govern the introduction of smart systems to enable their citizens and businesses to thrive and prosper.