TOGAF-conference Twitter-stream

Thought it might be useful to various folks (including me!) to post the Twitter-stream from the TOGAF conference (Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ Conference, Hong Kong) earlier this week.

For readability I’ve reversed the order so that the tweets are listed earliest-first, and I’ve edited the content slightly to remove RT ‘retweet’ duplications and general ‘personal-stuff’, so as to concentrate on what was said or commented-on during the actual presentations. But otherwise it’s the same as you’ll find on Twitter with the search-hashtag #oghk. Quite long, of course, so you’ll find the rest of this post after the ‘More…’ link.

  • tetradian (hashtag #oghk is Open Group Hong Kong enterprise architecture http://bit.ly/MXWI0 – apologies if it’s not relevant to you)
  • a_josey Follow The Open Group Hong Kong Conference Oct 19-21 on mobile devices http://bit.ly/3whJIq Photos on flickr http://bit.ly/11Kpkh
  • Technodad If you are at The Open Group meeting in Hong Kong, don’t forget to use the hashtag #oghk when liveblogging on… http://ff.im/-a39g1
  • Technodad Robert Xu, Chairman of Kingdee, keynotes “Enterprise Architecture Supporting the Chinese Management Model” at #oghk http://post.ly/9A29
  • tetradian Robert Xu (in Mandarin) Chinese Business Philosophy includes Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist influences
  • stevenunn Robert Xu at #oghk describes Chinese management philosophy, based on Confucius, Taoism, Buddhism, 8 Glory and 8 Disgraces. A complex blend.
  • tetradian Robert Xu Confucian emphasizes moral strength, Taoism emphasises forces of nature, Buddhist emp. power of consciousness
  • stevenunn Robert Xu at #oghk talks of EA as the foundation of strategy execution, TOGAF should be used to develop EA within the Operating Model.
  • theopengroup Great to see the TOGAF ADM in Mandarin during Robert Chu’s keynote presentation at #oghk
  • tetradian Xu: example given is a food-products company (i.e. *not* the usual bank/finance/insurance TOGAF example)
  • tetradian Xu: cross-links b/w TOGAF + business-arch + APQC for acquisition case study
  • tetradian Xu: new Chinese business emphasis on export of management theory/consultancy in addition to manufacturing etc
  • tetradian Allen Brown “as enterprise architects we’re not just in the IT world” hooray!!!
  • theopengroup SOA Source Book published by Open Group SOA Working Group. http://ow.ly/v7GU
  • stevenunn Heather Kreger of IBM reports on a productive quarter for The Open Group SOA Work Group. SOA tutorials being delivered this week at #oghk
  • tetradian Japanese contingent very pleased to see Buddhist philosophy included within Chinese Business Philosophy <agree
  • theopengroup SOA Governance Framework for Open Group’s SOA Workgroup (free download, registration required) http://ow.ly/v7Jw #oghk #SOA
  • stevenunn Simon Chan of IBM Asia Pacific presents on “Building a Smarter Planet with SOA” at #oghk
  • stevenunn Simon Chan at #oghk shows how SOA can help solve water resourcing issues. Can someone please tell the UK water authorities?!
  • Technodad Simon Chan of IBM give use case for SOA and instrumented , interconnected and intelligent network for smart management of water supply
  • tetradian Simon Chan great presentation on use of sensors for real-time Sense-Analyse-Respond <next Cynefin layer is Probe-Sense-Respond? 3 days ago from TweetDeck
  • stevenunn Eric Boulay at #oghk encourages getting involved in the Localization Standing Ctee of The Open Group Architecture Forum.
  • tetradian Walter Stahlecker on Business Architecture Working Group – “what ‘business’ really means in EA: how Enterprise creates intended value”
  • tetradian Stahlecker ‘holistic EA’ architecture of enterprise + ‘chemistry’ how enterprise deploys capabilities inc. its IT
  • tetradian importance of preventing IT people from redefining ‘service’ in ways that don’t make sense to business people!
  • tetradian Harding: “Service Orientation as a business principle is not new!” <agree strongly – ‘services’ in generic sense
  • tetradian Harding: “software…delivers services in the same way as people” <*but* importance of interoperability b/w human & s/w services
  • theopengroup Chris Harding, Director of The Open Group SOA Work Group, shares his thoughts on SOA today and in the future at #oghk
  • tetradian Harding: traditional IT architectures hinder ‘boundaryless info flow’ – need services orientation to support freer flow
  • enterprisearchs Chris Harding on SOA: “services” were around long before IT. Business already thinks in these terms…
  • tetradian Harding: you should not assume that you make SOA work in your enterprise – “SOA can fail spectacularly”, needs care/awareness
  • tetradian Harding: governance is widely recognised as crucial in service-orientation – likewise importance of architecture
  • tetradian Harding: successful SOA requires good architecture, good governance – see SOA Source Book http://bit.ly/30QpmO
  • tetradian Harding SOA: “buying the latest product does not guarantee success” <agree strongly – beware vendor hype!
  • stevenunn Chris Harding of The Open Group describes the role of Cloud Computing in SOA at #oghk
  • tetradian Harding: SOA and Cloud – processes and systems <if everyone using same cloud services, need whole-of-enterprise arch to differentiate
  • enterprisearchs ‘SOA as a service’ would deliver many benefits, particularly in reducing upfront costs, accelerating SOA takeup: Harding
  • tetradian Harding SOA: focus on core competencies, participate increasingly in ‘ecosystems’ <again, importance of true #entarch
  • Technodad Chris Harding presents “SOA as a Service” as enabler for wider uptake of SOA – market of services running on Cloud infrastructures
  • enterprisearchs …leading to more frequent participation in business ecosystems = greater value for everyone: Harding
  • theopengroup Chris Harding “SOA as a Service on the Cloud could dramatically accelerate take-up of SOA & enable greater enterprise virtualization”
  • stevenunn Universal Data Element Framework is a key focus of The Open Group Semantic Interoperability Work Group, Chris Harding tells #oghk
  • tetradian real-time embedded systems – sensors etc also need boundaryless information flow <“internet of things” etc
  • stevenunn Joe Bergmann of The Open Group Real-time & Embedded Systems Forum talks of the open systems modular approach to architecture at #oghk
  • tetradian real-time systems: ‘cyber-physical systems’ – “need to look at the whole picture, including the human side” of systems
  • richardveryard @tetradian #oghk I wish Stahlecker would use the word ‘holistic’ as it is defined in Wikipedia.
  • tetradian Uppal: how do we as architects show management that we deliver value in their terms?
  • tetradian Uppal: have to *measure* value of architecture in order to prove its value – usefulness of structured scorecards etc
  • tetradian Uppal: before you can do ‘enterprise architecture’, you need to define what ‘enterprise’ means!
  • tetradian Uppal: 4 drivers for all orgs (varying priority): operating costs, risks, growth (internal focus), growth (external focus)
  • tetradian: (Uppal): architecture faces towards problem (generics/patterns), design faces towards solution (specifics)
  • tetradian Uppal: the value of architecture isn’t about how good the model is, it’s about whether it solves the specified problem
  • tetradian Yao: Western learning (knowledge, sense) synergy with Eastern learning (wisdom, sensibility)
  • tetradian Yao: yin and yang, everything changing, contain each other <business and IT as yin and yang? each contains the other
  • tetradian Yao: of 262 attendees on Beijing Univ course for CIOs, *none* had previously implemented any EA in their org
  • tetradian Yao: key benefit of EA is “guide the integration of informatization and industrialization” 3 days ago from TweetDeck
  • enterprisearchs Yao: China has a department dedicated to “informatization”, apparently a commonly used term there (at least the Chinese equivalent)
  • tetradian Yao: PBORS framework: Planning-Building-Operation (lifecycle), Resource mgmt, Security – see www.BDRit.org
  • richardveryard Following with interest @tetradian tweeting from the Open Group Hong Kong enterprise architecture conference #oghk – thanks Tom
  • tetradian Uppal: too much ent-arch you have ivory tower, too much soln-arch you have point-solutions – need to balance for sustainability
  • tetradian important not just to find the problem but to ind and work with the person who has the problem!
  • tetradian Uppal: the bulk of your total project spend isn’t on IT, it’s on the process-changes to work with the new IT!
  • tetradian two different goals – IT improving the (internal) business of IT, vs improving business *of* IT
  • chrisjharding Bob Chu covered many topics, including SOA China Work Group and Kingdee’s experience with SOA
  • chrisjharding Leonardo Ramirez Gonzalez gave great case study on SOA and TOGAF in retail sector
  • chrisjharding Chris Greenslade started SOA tutorials series with Impact of SOA. Questions were mainly on SOA Maturity and OSIMM – interesting!
  • theopengroup Allen Brown talks about ‘Drinking your Own Champagne” : Using TOGAF in The Open Group
  • stevenunn Allen Brown, The Open Group President & CEO, gives a great case study on using TOGAF in a small/medium enterprise at #oghk
  • Technodad Great discussion in RT&ES Forum at #oghk on how to extend TOGAF to architect validatable high assurance systems.
  • theopengroup Allen Brown’s TOGAF case study and templates used in the project available on the memory sticks distributed at #oghk
  • tetradian Allen Brown on using TOGAF in Open Group – nice realism about what does/doesn’t work – “life goes on; stakeholders have day jobs”
  • stevenunn The Open Group announces the availability of TOGAF(TM) 9 exams in Mandarin through The Open Group China
  • tetradian Allen Brown, TOGAF in Open Group: “TOGAF forces you to think at all levels/phases; avoids the leap to solution space”
  • tetradian TOGAF Architecture Forum has 215 members – clearly consensus will not be easy, impressive to gain consensus at all!
  • theopengroup TOGAF 9 certification running at 3 times the rate (600) that it was at the same point (10 months in) for TOGAF 8 (200)
  • stevenunn Geoff McClelland of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group gives an EA practitioner’s perspective at #oghk. Great to see him back at The Open Group!
  • tetradian McClelland (Dairy Farm Group): main business driver for architecture is reduced risk – business, technical, other
  • tetradian McClelland: architecture a process not a document; needs business-led technology plan
  • tetradian McClelland: key challenges: must be continually actionable/affordable, understandable by senior execs, business-driven
  • stevenunn Geoff McClelland gives a great update to Dairy Farm Group TOGAF case study he first gave 11 years ago. They started with TOGAF(TM) 4!
  • stevenunn “High levels of security have to accompany luxury in the hospitality industry now”, Geoff McClelland of Mandarin Oriental tells #oghk
  • tetradian McClelland: complexity even of technical architecture in hotels – need interoperability with many others
  • theopengroup McClelland of Jardine Matheson – 11 years of using TOGAF. Some valuable lessons from Dairy Farm Group case study
  • tetradian McClelland HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) is hotel-industry equiv of telecoms’ eTOM/NGOSS? (400 members)
  • theopengroup “Hotel Next Generation (HTNG) could not have achieved what it has without The Open Group’s consortium services” Geoff McClelland tells #oghk
  • tetradian McClelland interoperability/architecture etc “focus on real needs of real customers who have real checkbooks!”
  • stevenunn Geoff McClelland at #oghk stresses the importance to HTNG of mandating products certified by The Open Group
  • tetradian Garry Doherty: ArchiMate notation adds value to TOGAF – “independent modelling language for EA”
  • tetradian Shen Min (CapGemini): (he’s speaking in Mandarin – wild rush for the simultaneous translation headsets!)
  • tetradian Shen: “application-landscapes are (nearly) never built greenfield” <need to keep existing apps live whilst developing
  • theopengroup Metaplexity Associates announced as the first organization to achieve full accreditation from The Open Group for TOGAF 9 training.
  • tetradian Shen: “EA is more thanIT, it must include your business, your new business model, must be for all your execs”
  • tetradian Shen: CapGemini IAF framework: four themes Why? (contextual) What? (conceptual) How? (logical) With what? (physical)
  • eatraining: Put your money where your mouth is with the OpenGroup ITAC certification program. http://bit.ly/19AoKX
  • enterprisearchs Craig Martin presents on ‘Using TOGAF’: initial focus on the differences between EA & Solution Architecture
  • enterprisearchs Martin: Most business (including IT) activity is a waste of time and will not contribute to desired results. EA seeks to tackle this.
  • enterprisearchs Martin: Value in EA is not about creating solutions in isolation, its about looking at the whole business and orchestrating
  • enterprisearchs Martin: TOGAF is a meta-framework that provides an overarching structure for any EA framework to be applied
  • enterprisearchs Martin: we need to apply an architecture value model to rate the performance of each arch building block
  • tetradian Banger: fundamental activities of architects: Control, Inform, Direct
  • tetradian Banger: biggest challenges are funding and governance: “he who controls funding controls the governance”
  • tetradian Fehskens: “how do I make EA real? I don’t want big document that just sits on shelf and gathers dust…”
  • enterprisearchs Martin: EA Project Manager is a key role missing in vast majority of EA practices http://twitpic.com/m7yiq
  • tetradian Fehskens “adapt rather than adopt/build; incremental evolution, not a ‘big project’ at huge cost; be methodical”
  • enterprisearchs Martin: EA Project Manager is a key role missing in vast majority of EA practices http://twitpic.com/m7yiq
  • tetradian Fehskens: technology-infrastructure arch sits easily within IT domain, gets harder to control standardization as we move up the stack
  • tetradian Fehskens: EAs tend to focus on models as ‘the fun part’, but key to growing EITA is solution by solution, via principles
  • tetradian Fehskens: derive principles from vision mission goals objectives of the organization – “guide decisions, tradeoffs, priorities”
  • enterprisearchs Martin: where solutioning fits into the TOGAF ADM http://twitpic.com/m7yzz
  • tetradian Fehskens “nobody implements an enterprise architecture as such, it’s implemented via solutions, how h/w & s/w are *used*”
  • tetradian Fehskens: derive principles from values; derive requirements from principles; need external framework to validate reqs
  • enterprisearchs Martin: EA needs a strategy & operating model calibrated to the current and desired EA maturity level
  • tetradian Fehskens: requirements that don’t link to principles probably don’t contribute to solution …
  • tetradian Fehskens …principles that don’t have any matching requirements probably indicate reqs that have been overlooked!
  • tetradian Fehskens every solution generates new content for the enterprise architecture – i.e. *grow* the architecture
  • enterprisearchs Martin: CRUD matrix helps me expose the data elements that i can expose as a service, being ‘Information as a Service’ & start of SOA
  • richardveryard @tetradian So for Fehskens “Principle” seems to play the same role as “Policy” does in #vpect ?
  • richardveryard @tetradian I like the sound of what Fehskens is saying, does he have the detail to back it up, if so where? (Link please.)
  • tetradian Yong: map TOGAF to 5 business-lifecycle phases: startup, emerging, established, expanding, exit
  • enterprisearchs Judith Jones: Open Group has not yet agreed on a concise definition for Enterprise Architecture
  • tetradian definition of EA: see >130 one-liner defns! in LinkedIn discussion http://bit.ly/4buKPn
  • enterprisearchs Jones: EA is the structure to support business transformation
  • enterprisearchs Jones: managing risk is a key driver for EA
  • eatraining Jones: TOGAF 9 has moved into the business and strategy space. It is not the same space as what TOGAF 8 was in.
  • enterprisearchs Jones: TOGAF 9 gives an org the baseline ability to create an EA, and to a level consistent with what the current industry can handle
  • a_josey New accredited TOGAF 9 training course for Arismore. Now 17 accredited courses. http://bit.ly/13QZ1w
  • jim_hietala interesting presentation from Zhao Wei, Knownsec, at #oghk on China malware industry
  • Technodad NextView at #OGHK #Cloudcomputing track: Platform, system mgmt standards more important than cloud-specific APIs to deploy scalable service
  • Technodad BTW, notes from at #OGHK #Cloudcomputing track are being posted on public Cloudsters wiki at http://snipr.com/cloudsters
  • tetradian finished my presentation on “Using TOGAF beyond IT” – time to head back to Britain
  • enterprisearchs A simple EA definition to consider: Enterprise Architecture (noun)= The structural details to execute a strategy
  • erikproper @enterprisearchs That would apply to a normal design as well .. it too provides strctrl details, and it too can be argued to ex. strat
  • enterprisearchs Last try for 2day: EA is the practice of detailing the structure of a venture to both inform and execute its strategy #EAdef
  • bartleeten Open Group Hong Kong material is available: http://bit.ly/1ueCof #oghk #entarch

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