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Updated Speaker Lineup for The texas Association of Enterprise Architects Summit

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 18:28

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects Summit Mike Walker

Space Limited -- Register Now!

With the popularity and as we come closer to the event on March 20th seats become more limited. To be sure you have a spot in the audience to listen to luminaries like John Zachman and Jeanne Ross along with our local Enterprise Architects in the Texas area proving thought leadership that you shouldn’t miss. Make sure to RSVP soon. Space is limited and admission is first come first served.

Come join us at the Austin Renaissance in the Arboretum on March 20th, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm with an evening social from approximately 4:30pm –7: 00pm. Costs of the event are highly subsidized by our sponsors for a low cost of $50.00 for members of the AEA and $100.00 for non-members of the AEA.

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Updated Agenda for the Day

We have an action packed agenda!

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects Summit Mike Walker

Venue and Lodging Details

The summit will be held at:

RENAISSANCE AUSTIN | 9721 Arboretum Blvd | Austin, TX 78759

www.renaissancehotels.com

Making Reservations

We have negotiated discounted room rates at: $189 per room per night plus applicable tax and service fee. You have until Friday, March 14th before the discount expires. Please make your arrangements before then.

Booking Website:
https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=11150319

Questions?

info@TexasAEA.org

Categories: Architecture

Register Now for the Texas Association of Enterprise Architects | Summit

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:28

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA Summit Mike Walker  Austin Texas

1st Texas Association of Enterprise Architects Summit!

Designed by Enterprise Architects, for Enterprise Architects this summit provides an opportunity to discover the latest approaches and innovative ideas in Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture.

This full day event is different than most. Shifting the focus from a speaker only event to a mix of presentations and collaborative sessions with highly relevant and proven practices that are applicable to the issues Enterprise Architects face today.

Featured Speakers

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA Summit Mike Walker  Austin Texas Jeanne Ross     Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA Summit Mike Walker  Austin Texas John Zachman

Jeanne Ross          John Zachman

 

Register

Come join us at the Austin Renaissance in the Arboretum on March 20th, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm with an evening social from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Costs of the event are highly subsidized by our sponsors for a low cost of $50.00 for members of the AEA and $100.00 for non-members of the AEA.

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA Summit Mike Walker  Austin Texas RSVP

 

Agenda

We have an action packed agenda!

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA Summit Mike Walker  Austin Texas Agenda

Venue and Lodging Details

The summit will be held at:

RENAISSANCE AUSTIN | 9721 Arboretum Blvd | Austin, TX 78759

www.renaissancehotels.com

We have negotiated discounted room rates at: $189 per room per night plus applicable tax and service fee.

Questions?

info@TexasAEA.org

Categories: Architecture

Open Group Enterprise Architecture San Francisco Conference 2014 Recap

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 23:01

 Mike Walker Open Group Conference San Francisco Recap Keynote Business Architecture TOGAF

The other week, The Open Group kicked off their signature Enterprise Architecture Conference in San Francisco. I always enjoy these conferences as it allows me to connect with seasoned and high caliber peers in the Enterprise Architecture community. However, these events aren’t just fun and games for me it’s an opportunity to make an impact on the profession. I had an action packed week that included the following:

  • Presentations. I had the privilege of co-presenting the morning keynote [abstract here] with one of my clients and a thought leader in the area of Business Architecture. Wrapping up the morning the AM keynote presenters got on a panel to discuss future trends and technologies.
  • Standards. I spent a half day on the overall next version of TOGAF and then another two full days leading the Business Architecture workshops to advance Business Architecture within TOGAF.
  • Lots and lots of conversations. Great dialogs with EA’s. I have to say, I learn something new every time I go to one of these conferences. 

Like others in the recent past the Open Group has taken on an industry focus for these quarterly conferences. The goal here is to provide a much tailored experience to EA’s in those specific industries. This time around it was Healthcare. Like most of these conferences there was a broad international representations from nations such as: UK, US, Columbia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and many others.

The Open Group has posted two summaries are well, I would suggest taking a look at them. I wasn’t going to duplicate much of what they covered since they did such a good job. See below:

Conference Announcements

Even though there was a vertical focus the Open Group did cover additional areas around the profession of EA, forward looking views on the industry and architecture topics like big data and cloud.

Included in that were a series of announcements:

 

My Presentations

 Mike Walker Business Architecture Keynote Open Group Conference San Francisco Recap

I had two presentations both of which were recorded and available for on-demand viewing.

  1. Business Architecture the Key to Enterprise Transformation
  2. Future Technologies Panel

Business Architecture the Key to Enterprise Transformation

With enterprises being bombarded with emerging and disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile, social and information, it can be difficult for organizations to really understand how leverage these new opportunities that present themselves. To do this, Business Architecture is the key to setting the right strategy for these new opportunities. By leveraging this discipline with Enterprise Architecture we can better quantify and qualify these opportunities to ensure we are maximizing value for our companies. In this session, we will explore the current landscape along with proven and leading practices in Business Architecture. The session will be concluded with how P&G leverages Business Architecture in their Enterprise Architecture practice.

 

 Mike Walker Business Architecture Keynote Open Group Conference San Francisco Recap

On Demand Video

 Mike Walker Business Architecture Keynote Open Group Conference San Francisco Recap

Presentation Available

 

Useful Links

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Texas Association of Enterprise Architects February Meeting

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 16:52

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA

SAVE THE DATE: Next Meeting is Thursday February 27th 5:30 – 8:30 at Abel’s North

Our First Event Was a Hit, Thank You!

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA

Wow... I am humbled and inspired by the amazing turnout by all of you. This is truly amazing. Through talking with most of you I was inspired by your passion for wanting to build out a professional organization. What even furthered that commitment was one forth, yes a forth of you came from other cities in Texas. What commitment for our local EA community!

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For more photos of the event see our Flickr site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/116214383@N04/sets/72157640513193715/

 

February 27th: Monthly Meeting

The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 27th, 5:30 – 8:00 at Abel’s North. This meeting will be a great opportunity for you to get plugged into the local architecture community along with an introduction to the Texas AEA Chapter.

Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Updates and Announcements – Mike Walker
  3. Open Group Conference Recap – Mike Walker
  4. Special Interest Groups - Dave Gibson and Venkat Nambiyur
  5. Social

To join RSVP here.

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects AEA

Abel’s North Austin

4001 West Parmer Lane

Austin, Texas 78727

(512) 835-0010

Note: Abel’s used to previously occupied by Cool River and is behind other buildings and you should look for It’s a Grind coffee shop and turn into that small shopping plaza to find Abel’s.

Categories: Architecture

So Many Different Views, So Much Business Architecture Confusion

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:13

 Business Architecture There certainly is no shortage of opinions in the industry around business architecture. This spans from what it is the definition of Business Architecture to how one would implement followed by the skills and competencies needed to successfully execute.

It can be overwhelming for anyone that is new to this space. Wrapping your mind around the fact and fiction is lengthy and sometimes down right frustrating. This is mainly due to where the Business Architecture discipline is at. I discuss this further in my post, “Business Architecture Ready For Prime Time”.

The second largest contributor to this is all the different views and opinions coming from the marketplace at large. From vendors to consultancies to analysts and even people like myself that blog about such topics and all of these positions are coming at the problem from a different angle.

Can it be more difficult?  Hopefully I can help.

How Do I Better Understand Business Architecture

Before we get into the weeds it important to understand a few things.

There isn’t necessarily a who’s right and who’s wrong solution here. I think of the problem of understanding Business Architecture positioning as a matter of perspective. Let’s assume all have the best intentions but have a certain set of biases, constraints, incentives and motivations. While there is more drivers, these are the major ones.

So to better deal with these dynamics I suggest using a mental frame for thinking about these contrasting and or conflicting opinions. When I look at the this market, I segment where the opinions or positions are coming from. I then look to understand the motivations for their opinion and start to form a classification mechanism so it's easier to understand their perspectives.

 Business Architecture Vendor COnsultant Analyst Standards Persectives Mental Framework

As shown above you will find such an activity. What you see below is how slice and dice the major voices in the business architecture world. I carve off 4 major perspectives that include:

  • Analysts
  • Standards Bodies
  • Vendors
  • Consultancies

There is a problem with the model…

You will notice a very key source missing. That would be the actual end organizations accountable and responsible for this effort. While there are pockets where this perspective is represented, this voice is largely missing. I would assume this is due to the fact that they are too busy adding value in their organizations rather than just talking about it at conference or on a blog.

 

Walking the Model

The image above is a high-level representation of how to split the different perspectives that you may encounter using the model that I’ve created.

 

Analysts

This perspective is interesting as it does have some very unique qualities to it. It’s important to really understand the drivers behind the position asserted here. Analysts got through a very rigorous vetting process and they are very good at what they do, analyze the market space. They are not practitioners(anymore) and have very little “skin in the game” when it comes to actual results with end customers. However, they have one very strong attribute that trumps other perspectives, their rich data and hypothesis or predictions they make with that data. This data is a vital aspect to the decision making process.

  • Time Horizon of Guidance: Past 1 year to 5 years in the future
  • Perspective: Broad Industry Thought Leading 
  • Context of Guidance: Prediction Based
  • Can be used for: evidence of a position, understanding the market landscape, understanding your peers in the industry and general advisory

 

Standards Bodies

Often times when looking at the perspectives of a standards body you are looking at one in which is the most grounded in the day to day reality. The goal of most standards bodies is to articulate practices that are proven in the industry. This is what I refer to as the “safety net”. As an example, The Open Group currently has 465 company memberships that represent HQs in 38 countries! Each one of these companies has a say and a vote on what gets ratified as a standard. That is one great vetting process.

  • Time Horizon of Guidance: Past 5 years to 1 year future
  • Perspective: Broad Industry Proven Practice
  • Context of Guidance: Evidence Based
  • Can be used for: practical implementation, provides a safety net or "insurance policy" for making decision on what has worked for customers world-wide, faster time to market on standards and reference architectures

 

Vendors

Another unique perspective here is that of our vendors. While this isn’t always true, most times it is, vendors base their opinions on the ability to drive services and products. After all that’s their business. I find that this perspective isn’t bad or wrong it’s actually a very good one as it can connect the broader more ethereal perspectives back down to reality with implementable tooling.

  • Time Horizon of Guidance: Past 1 year to 3-5 years in the future
  • Perspective: Thought Leading based on enabling a capability. Usually technical in nature.
  • Context of Guidance: Immediate and Near Future Market Needs
  • Can be used for: advice and tools for automation, deep coverage of a functional or capability area

 

Consultancies

Consultancies are similar to vendors in many regards with one small tweak, I usually find that services companies don’t share their opinions in detail. This is largely to their business model. They monetize their knowledge (intellectual property) and services. So if you do hire a services / consultancy firm I personally find extremely high quality material but you have to purchase it to get a hold of it.

  • Time Horizon of Guidance: Past 5 years to 2 years in the future
  • Perspective: Proven practice and some leading practice (largely depends on the type of consultancy)
  • Context of Guidance: Evidence based in the context of a specific offering by the firm
  • Can be used for: evidence of a position, understanding the market landscape, understanding your peers in the industry and general advisory

 

Conclusion

Hopefully with this mental frame it helps reduce the confusion in the marketplace. You probably noticed that I didn’t give you my personal opinions on specific perspective areas or sources, I don’t think that is productive as each of those sources has it own set of drivers for making those assertions. Rather than doing that I would rather arm you with the tools I use to form my opinions so that you can do the same. 

I find that it helps me in the following ways:

  1. Keeps me Calibrated. Keeps me a sanity check when I’m reading material so that I can properly consume the information I am reading.
  2. Go Deeper. I know what questions I need to ask myself or to the perspective that is sending messages my way. That allows me to ask the right questions to form my own opinion.
  3. Ability to Rationalize. I can better classify information and thus use it more effectively
  4. Effective Communication. I can more effectually use the information in my communication to my peers, customers or partners
  5. More Effective Decision Making. By understanding these perspectives I can leverage the information in a fit-for-purpose way thus reducing the risks of mistakes and mishaps.
Categories: Architecture

Business Architecture Ready For Prime Time

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 22:30

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It’s probably no surprise to all of you that there has been a significant amount of talk about Business Architecture in recent years. Just coming back from the Open Group Conference in San Francisco it was one of the key topics for practitioners. However, with all the buzz, is Business Architecture really ready for prime time? This is a real and very legitimate question.

Separating fact, fiction and pure buzz is an important data point for Enterprise Architects. We all but learned our lesson from similar buzz worthy topics like SOA and Cloud. So needless to say, diverting energy into unproven spaces or trends is a very risky business. EA’s must continually add value back to the company and must be very judicious with their time. Most EA departments if not all that I talk to, just don’t have time to experiment on trends or fads.

 

So what does this mean for Business Architecture?

 Mike Walker Defining Business Architecture. TOGAF 7 Illistration of Business FocusI believe that business architecture has been one of those topics that has always been here but has gotten very little attention until now. Seemingly  Business Architecture seems like a new discipline but it isn’t. In a previous post titled, Defining Business Architecture  I talked not only about what is business architecture but also some history around it. What I talk about is how Business Architecture is actually been here for quite some time. You can find evidence of it in the beginnings of the EA frameworks. While “true” EA was in its infancy so was Business Architecture component of it. During that time most things that occurred in the technology space were mostly just that, technology focused. I believe that for many reasons that was the correct thing to do based on where we were at in our industry, limited maturity of our discipline, our capabilities that we could offer and the rudimentary and basic profile of the technology landscape. Simply put…

Crawl, Walk and Run.

 

Enterprise Architecture Evolution… How do we get to Running?

Times have certainly changed and so has IT and along with it EA. This industry has matured and along with that maturity comes more sophistication. Up-leveling what we do has a goal of bringing more value to our customers.  What we have found is that delivering context-less technology widgets are just not delivering the right level of value to add to the capabilities of our businesses.

With all this said, I believe that Business Architecture is still at the beginning of its journey. I do think that we have come a long way with establishing the need and the value but there is still a great deal of work to be done to get Business Architecture formed as a fully standard practice. We see this be just looking back, from largely ignoring it in 2000’s to shifting that in the 2010’s and  addressing it as a key focal point of EA.

So if we look at some common mental frames for calibrating where we are at out where things are at in the industry we could use Geoffrey Moore’s, Crossing the Chasm as a way to gauge where we at. And if I look at that model I would say you were still in the chasm however we are quickly coming out of it.

 

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So what is that me, it means that we are seeing evidence of organizations outside of early adopters and innovators actually using Business Architecture to solve real-world problems in the next class of individuals and organizations are for two as the early majority. We're starting to see a lot of this in the industry.

But also let’s talk a look outside my anecdotal points with the customers and look at what we see from the analyst community as well. We see strong evidence of this as well. As an example,  Gartner conducted a double blind 2011 worldwide survey and a 2012 survey of EA summit attendees in the US and Europe, Gartner finds that the vast majority of organizations are focusing their EA efforts on how they can drive business value (including IT), not just on driving IT decisions.

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Source: Gartner (2012): Gartner Hype Cycle 2012

Based in the above shows that Gartner finds that 67% of organizations are either: starting (39%), restarting (7%) or renewing(21%) their EA efforts. By the way, they also note that they know that many of the organizations that state that they are "starting EA for the first time" are actually "restarting" because we have talked to them in the past - it is just that the current EA leaders don't know that there previous efforts.

The analyst are the only ones reporting on this activity. We have independent bodies of knowledge that have sprung up that are continuing to try to crack this business architecture did not. A couple of the most popular ones include:

  • BABoK
  • BizBoK

 

And of course behind that comes vendor practices and boutique consulting practices.

With this flurry of activity from real customers, vendors, analysts and standards bodies alike, Business Architecture is very real and is a discipline within Enterprise Architecture that needs some serious focus.

Categories: Architecture

Come see the Business Architecture Keynote from Mike Walker Keynote at the Open Group Conference

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 19:52

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Myself and Mark Dorfmueller from P&G will be discussing the world of business architecture at the Open Group Enterprise Architecture Conference in San Francisco [event program]. This will be followed by a panel discussion of industry experts that Mark and I will be on. The panel will discuss future technologies.

 

Business Architecture the Key to Enterprise Transformation

Mike Walker, Enterprise Architect, Hewlett Packard
Mark Dorfmueller, Associate Director Global Business Services, P&G

With enterprises being bombarded with emerging and disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile, social and information, it can be difficult for organizations to really understand how leverage these new opportunities that present themselves. To do this, Business Architecture is the key to setting the right strategy for these new opportunities. By leveraging this discipline with Enterprise Architecture we can better quantify and qualify these opportunities to ensure we are maximizing value for our companies. In this session, we will explore the current landscape along with proven and leading practices in Business Architecture. The session will be concluded with how P&G leverages Business Architecture in their Enterprise Architecture practice.

 

If you can’t attend you can still tune into the Live Stream [here]

Categories: Architecture

Your Invited to the Texas Association of Enterprise Architects January Meeting

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 15:08

 Texas AEA

The Texas Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) has launched!

From the President of the Texas AEA Chapter,

I am very excited to establish this new chapter of the Global Association of Enterprise Architects. It brings with it great prestige and a rich network of over 35,000 professional architects world-wide. We live in a vibrant community of Texas professionals, vendors and consortiums that offers thought leadership, visions for the future, and proven practices based on reality of today. The Texas AEA chapter has the following objectives:

  • create a model for the profession
  • exchange knowledge
  • discuss new and emerging trends
  • establish working groups

We will keep you up to date on the forthcoming website that will be up shortly where you can download all the latest happenings.

Best Regards,

Mike Walker

Events

Below are some upcoming events where you can learn more about the organization and network with your peers. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

 

January 30 – 1st Monthly Meeting

 

Join us for our very first monthly meeting. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 30, 5:30 – 7:30 at Iron Cactus North Austin on Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX.  (see new venue below).

This meeting will be a great opportunity for you to get plugged into the local architecture community along with an introduction to the Texas AEA Chapter.

To join RSVP here.

 

[Update! New Venue Selected]

I have an important announcement for all registered attendees for our Texas AEA meeting has been so popular that we have exceeded the capacity of our last meeting location! Thank you for your interest in the Texas AEA. Given this situation we needed a larger location that support us and we found a perfect one for us.

The new location information can be found below:

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Able’s North Austin

4001 West Parmer Lane

Austin, Texas 78727

(512) 835-0010

Note: Able’s is behind other buildings and you should look for It’s a Grind coffee shop and turn into that small shopping plaza to find Able’s.

 

February 23 – Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Architecture topics and networking social. Details coming soon.

 

March 20 – Texas AEA Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Texas Architecture Conference will be held in Austin, Texas.

 

A thank you to our sponsors!

 Texas AEA Sponsors

Categories: Architecture

Announcing The Texas Chapter of the Association of Enterprise Architects

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 06:31

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects

I would like to be the first to announce the Texas Chapter of the Association of Enterprise Architects!

Myself and the rest of the the leadership have been working very hard to create this chapter. This post provides a quick overview of the Global Association of Enterprise Architects and the Texas Chapter of the AEA along with an invite to the first meeting in Austin Texas.

 

Introduction to the Global Association of Enterprise Architects Association of Enterrpise Archtiects logo

  This chapter is part of a greater global organization called the Association of Enterprise Architects. The Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) is the only definitive professional organization for Enterprise Architects with over 35,000 professionals world-wide.

Its goals are:

  • Raise the status of the EA profession
  • Foster an already vibrant EA community
  • Access to EA thought leadership
  • Increase market value of professionals

 

Introduction of the Texas AEA

These were all great goals and I wanted to bring this level of professionalism to Texas. In this state there is a vibrant community of Texas professionals, vendors and consortiums offers thought leadership, visions for the future, and proven practices based on reality of today. Building on the Global AEA Texas has the following objectives:

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects

 

This chapter will strive to have the following characteristics to ensure a vibrant and highly interactive community forum. We will be…

  • Regular. With quarterly and monthly meetings starting first in Austin, TX and then branching out to Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
  • Impactful. Through full day events we hope to draw in top speakers in the architecture community.
  • Highly Interactive . These meetings and events focus first on the community and take the best from a conferences and a user groups.
  • High Quality. The key to a vibrant and sustainable community is to make sure there is high quality discussions and interactions.

We have been lucky with some top notch sponsorship support and I would like to personally thank all these vendors for helping to make this happen! With out your support it would be difficult for us to get this moving.

 

 Texas Association of Enterprise Architects

 

 

Join Us!

So what’s left to say, but come on and join us in this professional network. Myself and the rest of the Texas AEA members would be honored to have you join.

You can join by coming to our first meeting in Austin Texas on January 30th. You can find the invite here.

 

If your  still not sold, below are a few reasons why I think it’s important for all of you to consider:

  • The Network. There is already 700 members of the AEA w/out an established chapter.
  • Access. You have the ability to access not only the Texas chapter but others along with job boards and other collaborative features.
  • Amplification. Amplify YOUR voice in the community. Show your and your company’s leadership in the market.
  • SIG’s. Special interest groups are a great way to get smart and passionate people together to create exciting and new innovative ideas.
  • And much more…
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