Some of you may not know this about me, but I’m a wine fan. I don’t just enjoy drinking it, but I also enjoy learning about (and visiting!) the different grapes, and wine regions of the world. Indeed, a good friend of mine is studying for his Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Level 3 exams – not because he wants to work as a sommelier like many who take that course, but for his personal further enjoyment of wine! My wife and I have been on several “educational” wine trips with he and his wife, so I know how hard and how regularly he is studying for these. So when a cheating scandal rocked the world of Master Sommeliers last September, I was doubly curious about what happened, both on a personal and professional level.
For many of us, each new year is an occasion to look back at the previous year’s accomplishments, as well as look forward to what’s to come over the course of the next year. For the past three years since I took over the reins as CEO of The Open Group, I’ve made it a tradition to take advantage of the new year to do just this, as I’m sure many of you do both in your professional and personal lives.
With the passing of each year, I’m always struck not only by how quickly it goes by, but how many new opportunities arise throughout the year for The Open Group that none of us ever could have predicted. What’s nice for me, from where I sit, is that there is no shortage of new opportunities for us as an organization to do what we’ve always done—to help organizations come together to solve their business problems through open standards.
The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming event in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 28-31, 2019. The Open Group Scottsdale 2019 will bring together vendors and end user organizations to discuss ’Digital in Practice and the Supply Chain’. Hundreds of attendees are expected including, Enterprise Architects, engineers, technologists, and end-users representing many businesses and governments.
Practicing Enterprise Architects believe TOGAF®, a standard of The Open Group, continues to be well-suited to helping organizations develop the business and IT infrastructures they need to align their business strategies, organizational structures, and capabilities. However, TOGAF users are increasingly looking for additional guidance and industry specific use cases regarding how to use the standard in conjunction with new IT trends—such as Agile development and artificial intelligence—and to address digital and business transformation efforts.
In the past four years, the acceptance and uptake of Enterprise Architecture as an integrated and holistic approach to better citizen services and Digital Transformation in the Government and the public sector has been notable and significant.
Last month, Digital India had a significant milestone. The India Enterprise Architecture Framework, aptly called IndEA, was formally notified by the Government of India as a national standard. Needless to mention, for me the journey from development to notification has been challenging and extremely fulfilling at the same time, both at a professional and personal level. Ever since the success of ePragati in Andhra Pradesh, many Ministries, States, Departments, and other public sector entities have shown growing interest in enterprise architecture. The elevation and notification of IndEA as a national standard is absolutely a move in the right direction to accentuate and accelerate such activities.
Wednesday, October 31, the third day of The Open Group Singapore event, started with both a TOGAF® User Group Meeting and a morning track session on Security for the Internet of Things (IoT).