For many of you who know Paul Kurchina, a member of the ASUG Enterprise Architecture Leadership Team, he is very forward thinking. A couple weeks back Paul arranged a working lunch for Martin Mysyk (EA at TransAlta), and myself to brainstorm a practical agenda for an Enterprise Architecture day here in Calgary, Alberta Canada. This is something Paul hopes that we can replicate around North America in collaborating with other ASUG Chapters, creating local EA Days to develop the EA communities in other cities. The CEO of Opengroup is interested in collaborating with us in these sessions as well as SDN/BPX.
Over lunch we developed an initial set of agenda items for this event with themes like “Exploiting What You Own”, “Adding EA Value in the Current Market”, “Developing Roadmaps”, “Understanding Technologies”, “Developing an EA Practice”,…
The key message seemed to be around helping EA’s in organizations with SAP installed to develop strategies to increase revenue or lower expenses through practical EA methods. Some agenda items we came up with were:
• Developing strategies using architecture reference tools
• Learning how to exploit the technologies an organization owns
• Developing an EA practice to provide value
• Rationalizing the IT environment
• TOGAF and SAP, the history and future
• Importance of the SAP EAF and SOA
We also talked about the need to network as well as hold workshops to develop future collaborative sessions around:
• EA Challenges – Sharing each others challenges to prioritize the hot topic educational sessions
• Collaborative solution workshops – a group of EA’s working on a common challenges
We would like you to share your thoughts on what you would like to see, some of the questions your executive are asking you to resolve, or the challenges you are facing or will face.