EA Café 18: The Business Model Canvas

Dear EA professional,

The Business Model Canvas, even if you didn’t use it in your company yet, you are probably familiar with the term. In the first Architect Café of 2013 we will offer you two interesting cases.

Steven Laurent (AE) will start with an interactive session where the concept of Business Model Canvas will be put into practice. Peter Doomen rounds off the first session with his experiences at SD Worx.

When everyone is brought up to speed with the Business Model Canvas, Jo Wyns (Crossroad) will dive into the tool set of the architect: “The forgotten tools of the Enterprise Architect: concise models, crystal balls, and the coffee machine”.

The talk illustrates a number of essential tools and practices that underpin the successful embedding of Enterprise Architecture in many companies, but which are often forgotten or overlooked in traditional architecture studies.

As a reference,  Jo uses the Architecture Roadmap Model Crossroad developed over multiple projects in the banking industry. It gives an overview of the broad role of the Enterprise Architect within a company, the expectation put upon him/her and the challenges to attain long-term benefits for the company.

To fill-in these expectations,  architects employ a diverse set of practices and tools to make the difference between architectural studies, and real-life architecture value.  Illustrated by practical examples, Jo highlights a number of the implicit architectural approaches he discovered over the past years.

Capgemini will be the host of this Architect Café.

The Architect Café will be held in the Capgemini offices in Diegem on 26th of March. Doors are open as from 17h30 and the presentations will be held from 18h00 to 20h00 (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, send us an e-mail.

We are always looking for interesting presentations, valuable case studies and possible hosting locations. Should you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Make sure to reserve your seat now!

Kind regards,

The BAEA team

EA Cafe 17: What works in IT Architecture … and what doesn’t?

Abstract

In this session we will, with the help of the audience, share experiences on what works and what doesn’t work in IT Architecture. In the last ten years, many people have been working on establishing an IT Architecture profession. Several methods and techniques, described in TOGAF, DYA and similar very well known sources, have been tried. Some of those methods and techniques seem to work very well, others don’t seem to work at all. Because of this mixed advice, getting IT Architecture up to expectations has been a daunting task that is far from complete.

The first part of the evening will be highly interactive with the audience sharing some of their own experiences of what works and what doesn’t work in an IT Architecture Practice. Several BelgAF members will moderate, creating a framework for discussion and provide a wrap-up of what has been said.

Kurt Cuijpers, chief architect at De Lijn, closes the evening with the story of his real world experiences in “dos and don’ts” in IT Architecture at large and complex organisation like De Lijn, particularly in dealing with external providers of solutions.

This session is offered by The Belgian Architecture Forum for a Digital World (or short: BelgAF, http://www.belgaf.be/ ). It is a non-profit organization in Belgium organising in-depth discussions and sessions like this one with the aim of professionalizing IT Architecture by sharing experience and knowledge, working on creating new insights and helping new IT Architects find their way.

Location

SD Worx will be the host of this Architect Café.

The Architect Café will be held in the SD Worx offices in Antwerp, Brouwersvliet 5 (White Building). Doors are open as from 17h30 and the presentations will be held from 18h to 20h00 (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, please click here.

We are always looking for interesting presentations, valuable case studies and possible hosting locations. Should you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Make sure to reserve your seat now!

Speakers

Nelis Boucké

Nelis is software architect and co-founder of Archiwise, a company that assist other companies with improving their software using architecture-based approaches in complex distributed systems. He co-founded the Belgian Architecture Forum for a Digital World to be able to discuss on experiences and practical approaches with like-minded people. He started his work on architecture during his phd research at the K.U.Leuven and has worked researching and practising software architecture in the last 8 years in various organisations and domains.

Bavo De Ridder

Bavo is a freelance Enterprise and Solution Architect and one of the co-founders of the Belgian Architecture Forum for a Digital World. He has over 10 years of experience in application, solution and enterprise architecture and has helped several organizations with building an architecture practice. Bavo is always eager to learn new things and is currently enrolled in a master-after-master in Enterprise IT Architecture. In his master thesis he researches the influence from external parameters like Business Process Management maturity or Organization Design maturity on Enterprise IT Architecture.

Kurt Cuijpers

Chief Architect at De Lijn.

EA Café 16: Alignment of business and ICT in the public sector

Dear EA professional,

Although we all are enjoying a sweet summer at the moment, the Belgian Chapter is already busy with the planning of the next Architect Café on Thursday 27th of September. This time we will cover 2 EA customer cases.

To start with, HP will present EA: alignment of business and ICT in the public sector.

In this session, brought to you by Yves Vanderbeken, you will learn how the creation and installation of an Enterprise Architecture practice, contributed to develop a modern, efficient and citizen-friendly public service.

He will share experiences from recent “enterprise architecture“ projects conducted at different departments of the Flemish Government. You will learn about:

  • the typical business challenges that characterizes the public sector
  • the importance of communication between the business organization and ICT
  • the power of an EA approach in defining a standard technology policy
  • tools and techniques used
  • the importance of a strategic business – IT alignment

The next session will be about the Google Apps project at VDAB, presented by Johan Nagels of Capgemini.

In November of last year, the 5000+ employees of VDAB started using Google Mail and Calendar, instead of the Novel Groupware platform they had been using for more than 10 years.

To prepare for this, Capgemini not only helped VDAB with the technical challenges (integration with other platforms and the migration itself), but also with the “human aspect” of such a change (change management).

During this presentation the following topics will be covered:

  • scope of the project
  • the approach
  • the technical and non-technical challenges
  • the result
  • all within an EA context

Johan Nagels has been in IT for more than ten years, starting as a Java programmer. These days Johan is Business Development Manager for Cloud and Mobile Solutions at Capgemini Belgium. This means that Johan covers the Belgian IT market, looking for new Cloud and Mobile projects, but also and perhaps more importantly, that Johan is responsible for the delivery of those projects, should the customer select Capgemini.

LoQutus will be the host of this Architect Café.

The Architect Café will be held in the LoQutus offices in Sint-Martens-Latem. Doors are open as from 17h30 and the presentations will be held from 18h to 20h00 (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, please click here.

We are always looking for interesting presentations, valuable case studies and possible hosting locations. Should you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Make sure to reserve your seat now!

Best regards,

The Belgian Chapter of a|EA

Proud sponsor of this event:


BAEA vzw

A bit of news from the inner workings of the BAEA.

The vzw* BAEA (Belgian Association of Enterprise Architects) is a (legal) fact: we signed the bylaws document on Thursday. We hope to have it officialized very soon.

The nine people who signed the bylaws document of the vzw BAEA. Back row - left to right: Bart, Kristof, Jacques, Marc and Peter. Front row, left to right: Philippe, Inge, Ingrid and Patrick.

*vzw: non-profit organisation according to Belgian law.

EA Café 15: EA and innovation

Dear EA professional,

With spring coming up, it is time to present you the next Architect Café on Thursday 10th of May.

Ever wondered how EA can contribute to innovation? Also, how to bring innovation to existing EA practices? Or do you rather think of EA and innovation as a contradiction in itself?

Come and find out by participating in our interesting and fun workshop!

Deloitte Belgium has run for several years now “Innovation Weeks” for several clients. Our Deloitte innovation services assist and advise clients on their innovation journey, from ideation to implementation to assessment. The facilitators will bring these concepts now to EA.

This highly interactive session will be facilitated by 4 Deloitte EA practitioners: Philip Van Langenhove, Koert Declercq, Michel Dirkx and Thomas Olyslaegers.

AE will be the host of this Architect Café.

The Architect Café will be held in the AE offices in Haasrode. Doors are open as from 17h30 and the presentations will be held from 18h to 20h00 (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, please click here.

We are always looking for interesting presentations, valuable case studies and possible hosting locations. Should you have any suggestions, please let us know.