EA Cafe 20: Discover effective techniques to make your business architecture work

Dear EA professional,

After this hot and beautiful summer, it is time to launch a new season of interesting Architect Cafés. On Thursday 26th of September, we will focus on some effective techniques to make your business architecture work.

Koen Knaepen will reveal how mental frameworks or meta-models help you to define your Business (Architecture).

Business Architecture is quickly evolving to a mature practice. How can new business architects learn quickly what it is all about? How to tell whether a business architecture is a good one? The use of mental frameworks and meta-models in business architecture facilitates the discussions at all levels in the organization.

Koen is a business architect, business mentor and strategist. He has developed the Costa Model as a mental framework to support the strategic decision process and the strategy translation process in all kind of organizations.

Tom Graves will continue and explore a perhaps too-often ignored question in EA: “Where do people fit within Enterprise Architecture?”

Mainstream EA tends to focus on IT almost to the exclusion of everything else. Yet an organisation and its business consist of far more than just its IT – and our architecture needs to include those other themes too, if it is to work well in the real world. As a worked-example, this session shows how to use common frameworks such as Zachman and Business Model Canvas to reframe how we view some typical human themes in business, and how to apply the resulting insights and implications in our architectures – within and beyond IT.

AE will be the host of this Architect Café.

The Architect Café will be held in the AE offices in Heverlee (Interleuvenlaan 27b) on 26th of September. 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

Proud sponsor of this event:

ae

 

EA Café 19: Enterprise Architecture in the Era of Consumerization plus Cloud.

Dear EA professional,

If you have been an Enterprise Architect for some time, no doubt the name of Chris Potts will ring a bell. Chris is a corporate strategist, specialising in Enterprise Investment.

In 1994 he established the first formal Enterprise Architecture (EA) capability in the company he worked for.  This kick-started Chris’s interest in corporate strategies, including the differences and independencies between strategy, architecture and investments, and how enterprises create value by investing in invest in change and IT.

Nowadays he is an independent practitioner and mentor. At our Architect Café he will present the following topic: “Enterprise Architecture in the Era of Consumerization plus Cloud.”

The combination of consumerization and cloud has changed the game for enterprises the world over.  The architectural challenge is to achieve a radically different balance between outside-in and inside-out design.  For Enterprise Architects themselves, the opportunity is about influencing and leading senior decision-makers in assessing the potential scenarios for their strategies and business models, choosing the best architectural innovations to invest in, and making the very most of those investments.

Come and participate in the most important EA conversation that’s happening right now!

ING will be the host of this Architect Café.

The Architect Café will be held in the ING offices in Brussels (Marnixlaan 24, entrance to auditorium via Troonstraat) on 29th of May. 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

Proud sponsor of this event:

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.