Tweets from Open Group conference, San Francisco (day 3)

A set of Tweets from the third and final main day (01 Feb 2012) of the Open Group conference in San Francisco, collated via the#ogSFO hashtag. (Tweets from Day 1 are here; from Day 2 are here.)

Once again, many thanks indeed to all those who Tweeted, to help us all get a better picture of the current Open Group view of enterprise-architectures.

Same minor edits as in the previous posts:, I’ve stripped out most of the ‘#ogSFO’ hashtags in the text, and added occasional comments of my own in italics, but otherwise the following is as Tweeted by the respective participants.

I’ve also added a few wrap-up remarks of my own at the end.

As usual, somewhat less volume again on this day of the conference, but still several pages’-worth, so continue after the break.

Jason Bloomberg:

  • theopengroup: Kicking off day three with @Zapthink President, Jason Bloomberg, on Architecting the #Cloudhttp://t.co/kOjRl41x
  • systemsflow: Cant drop an app into the cloud & expect cloud advantages; adjust the app to take advantage elasticity/high avail (Bloomberg) #cloud
  • systemsflow: Bloomberg identifying real #cloud issues: inconsistent data, state tolerance, application readiness.
  • TerryBlevins: Finally someone talking about transaction integrity! Great talk from Jason Bloomberg!
  • ArtBourbon: Important talk by Jason Bloomberg of @Zapthink on REST as architecture not tech and why (and when) it’s right for #Cloud.
  • theopengroup: “You need to start with your business problem when architecting the #cloud. Then you know what’s right for you.” @TheEbizWizard

Henry Franken:

  • theopengroup:: But can’t miss Henry Franken from @BIZZdesign discuss #ArchiMate http://t.co/wEI4nfCt
  • brendabizz: BiZZdesign CEO Henry Franken presenting #ogSFO re: ArchiMate 2.0 ,  an effective way to communicate w stakeholders

William Sheleg:

  • nadsmat2diworld: A capability is the ability to reliably and consistently deliver a specified outcome – William Sheleg -Deloitte #entarch

Bob Weisman:

  • systemsflow: Weisman talking about being parachuted into troubled areas to assist #EntArch // Note to self: ask for parachute next time.
  • systemsflow: “As-Is” architecture views can be powerful tool to communicate how bad thngs really are.  (Weisman) // “As-Was” sells #EntArch value.
  • systemsflow: A large project executing without an overarching architecture context defines its own context. (Weisman) #EntArch // Tail wags dog.
  • EricStephens: doesn’t have to be called #entarch to be #entarch (Weismann)
  • EricStephens: essential to have cross domain #entarch board (Weisman)
  • nadsmat2diworld: EA is a planning and investment methodology not IT/IM. -Robert Weissman – Build The Vision #entarch

Dario Vargas:

  • brendabizz: BiZZdesign partner Dario Vargas of Unycorp from Mexico about to present on #Archimate at #ogSFO
  • theopengroup: Listening to Dario Vargas of Unycorp, Mexico on #ArchiMate. http://t.co/kuM5iScq

David Gilmour:

  • theopengroup: David Gilmour giving his presentation “Architecting for Information Security in a Cloud Environment”
  • systemsflow: When targeting the #cloud, Make sure you design your system and your system’s security to be testable (Gilmore)
  • ArtBourbon: David Gilmour on a smart way of classifying data by nature and use for #Cloud #Security

Chris Lockhart:

  • chrisonea: I’m on after a guy talking about “cloud distance” and “continuing fractions.” How do I top that?
  • EricStephens: Not a case study, a story @chrisonea
  • chrisonea: Don’t let your #CIO and #CTO go off by themselves to devise a business transformation plan. Don’t other CxO’s have input? #entarch
  • EricStephens: Clouds often imply there is a storm coming.
  • chrisonea: RT @EricStephens: Not a case study, a story @chrisonea < It’s not a party it’s an intimate get-together! #phineasandferb
  • chrisonea: Innovation: The creation and use of better or MORE EFFECTIVE products, processes, services. Not necessarily brand new ideas
  • chrisonea: I figured if no one was going to RT bits from my preso, I’d do it myself as I speak. I’m tweeting with my MIND! #entarch #cio
  • chrisonea: Biz Transformation doesn’t mean we have to throw everything out and start again. We have skills, we have talent. Let’s leverage that
  • chrisonea: If at your Org “Let’s build a technology enabled service platform!” really means “Let’s go buy a tool!” you might have a problem
  • chrisonea: Yes I’m tweeting as I speak to this packed room. No hands! Hey you in the blue shirt at that back table! Pay attention!
  • chrisonea: If you don’t set expectations with the business, don’t be surprised when they turn on your entire IT org because you “didn’t deliver”
  • chrisonea: You are NOT your frameworks! #unarchitecture #entarch >yes! – well put, Chris! (frameworks are useful, though… 🙂 )
  • chrisonea: The Greatest IT Problem is People. People with expectations. #entarch #itarch >…and the Greatest Entarch Problem is ‘IT-People’ with fixed assumptions…
  • chrisonea: Always be asking “What business problem are we trying to solve here?” Sort of like “Always be closing” but different #entarch #itarch
  • chrisonea: If you don’t understand your cost of goods sold, how will you ever know you’re going to make money with project xyz? #entarch
  • theopengroup: “Leave architectural purity in the ivory tower.” @chrisonea #entarch
  • chrisonea: People and their expectations: Co-Opt them! Make them think your idea was really their own! Works every time. #entarch
  • Laura_J_M_L: @chrisonea you topped the previous guy very well. Liked your presentation!
  • chrisonea: To do UnArchitecture, recognize the limitations! Be practical! Reuse where it makes sense! Also remember, it’s about people! #entarch
  • NadhanAtHP: @chrisonea: Different people — IT or Not — have different expectations — especially in the Cloud http://bit.ly/pqE4Jq #HP
  • EricStephens: @ChrisOnEA thinks, therefore he tweets
  • chrisonea: Yes I am wearing a T Shirt with the autobot logo on it. Hey, I classed it up with a sportcoat! Cmon!
  • EricStephens: @chrisonea such a hipster

Some assorted miscellanea:

  • TerryBlevins: #ogSFO: G8 conference! Dealing with the real hard problems that if addressed will advance the integrity of the IT industry as a whole!
  • nadsmat2diworld: Made my first purchase using Square today. App lets you use #iPhone or #iPad as a merchant terminal. Very cool. #entarch
  • NadhanAtHP: If u r #ogsfo, visit the Winchester House to see how not to architect your enterprise. // If u r at the Winchester House, go to #ogsfo to see how to architect your enterprise http://t.co/kINCQBdA @NadhanAtHP #HP @theopengroup
  • theopengroup: .@NadhanAtHP @chrisonea just referenced the Winchester Mystery House when talking about #entarch #ogSFO
  • LaurensGunneweg: TIL about the haunted Winchester mystery castle, where construction proceeded, without interruption, from 1884 until 1922
  • nadsmat2diworld: @theopengroup Great conference but proliferation of EA acceptance requires getting more CEOs & execs in room not just IT/architects >yep…
  • NadhanAtHP: @theopengroup Top 5 tenets of EA that impact App Development #HP @NadhanAtHP http://bit.ly/oKnAhi

Jeff Scott:

  • nickmalik: Jeff Scott discussing alignment – excellent #entarch #bizarch
  • nickmalik: Brian Cameron points out that Business strategy rarely addresses things that are difficult to change like architecture #entarch
  • chrisonea: When in doubt, always turn to #Gartner.  😉  #entarch #cio
  • nickmalik: Jeff Scott: Business architecture insight – focuses on what rather than how, but we must start with WHY #bizarch #entarch
  • nickmalik: Too Early to standardize on business arch because we are immature.  We don’t have all the pieces yet, says Jeff Scott #Bizarch
  • DaveBBradshaw: “If your #entarch doesn’t resonate with the business folks it’s wrong” (Scott)
  • chrisonea: RT @chrisonea: When in doubt, always turn to #Gartner.  😉  #entarch #cio < This was mostly a joke. Tone, twitter, TONE!
  • DaveBBradshaw: Jeff Scott is talking about using value mapping to focus IT on what the business is focused on
  • DaveBBradshaw: Use capability mapping to drive IT investment in the projects.  #entarch

Stephen Bennett:

  • EricStephens: Now listening to @stephengbennett speak about a pragmatic approach to #cloud computing
  • EricStephens: Iteration is important with any #cloud approach @stephengbennett
  • jfbauer: @EricStephens Iteration is important with any #cloud approach<JB:good for all major new tech deployment not just #cloud
  • EricStephens: #cloud: are you (or your clients) Dilbert ($$) or Neo (agility, competitive)? @stephengbennett
  • chrisonea: RT @EricStephens: Clouds often imply there is a storm coming. < Or a train. Coming round the bend.
  • EricStephens: Nice structured approach to driving a #cloud strategy using a variety of analysis tools @stephengbennett

E.G. Nadhan:

  • NadhanAtHP: @NadhanAtHP says Enterprise Architects must drive Innovation @theopengroup #HP http://bit.ly/vRxQgv
  • NadhanAtHP: @NadhanAtHP says IaaS standards take time to evolve — SOCCI is a welcome exception @theopengroup #HP #HPCloudCA #CloudComputing

Pradipa Karbhari:

  • theopengroup: Getting insight from Sogeti on using #TOGAF in Enterprise Architecture for the Energy Services industry
  • theopengroup: #TOGAF gives you a pathway for developing a total architecture by Sogeti’s Pradipa Karbhari
  • theopengroup: #TOGAF doesn’t limit what you do as an architect says Sogeti’s Pradipa Karbhari >uh… yes, it does – unless you use TOGAF quite a long way from the TOGAF spec…

Dan Hughes:

  • systemsflow: @systemsflow’s own Dan Hughes is presenting Investigative Architecture: Understanding Systems in a Business Context @theopengroup.

Penelope Gordon:

  • mskilton: Selecting  business performance metrics for Cloud OEMs by Penelope Gordon #cloud
  • mskilton: Selecting cloud metrics need to support your cloud monetization strategy @capgeminiUK #cloud
  • mskilton: There are 3 key types of cloud monetization strategies, Ops, growth, Ts&Cs, say P Gordon #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: Cloud Monetization strategies need to drive your Value Proposition, Say P Gordon, #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: Selecting the right metrics that match your cloud monetization strategy is critical , say P Gordon, #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: Investor expectations affect margin and risk profile that your cloud value proposition must align and achieve , say P Gordon #cloud
  • mskilton: Open Group CBA Project P Gorden and @mskilton in Cloud Work Grp are developing  Cloud Business Metrics guidance #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: salesforce.com SaaS casestudy illustrates cheaper faster cloud value propositions, say P Gordon #cloud
  • mskilton: salesforce.com PaaS casestudy illustrates better faster cloud value propositions, say P Gordon #cloud
  • mskilton: monetization strategy value proposition is basis for enduring value , say P Gordon #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • theopengroup: RT @mskilton: cautionary tale metrics can change over time for IaaS + managed business apps  not amortizing costs, – P Gordon  #cloud @capgeminiUK

Panel on cloud-interoperability:

  • theopengroup: @mskilton @capgeminiUK looking forward to your talk on #Cloud Interoperability this afternoon at #ogSFO
  • theopengroup: Listening to a dynamic trio from #Capgemini, #Cisco,and @HP on #Cloud portability and #interoperability http://t.co/GqIBGaH3
  • mskilton: Cloud Interoperability Panel at starting at #ogsfo  #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: pre condition for cloud growth is to reuse cloud components – cloud IOP Panel #cloud
  • mskilton: alot of cloud IOP is focus on virtual to virtual IOP not between cloud and traditional IT – cloud panel #cloud
  • mskilton: need to keep in mind traditional legacy standards as well a new standards –  cloud panel #cloud
  • mskilton: need to look at real problems in cloud IOP – cloud panel #cloud
  • mskilton: most challenging missing piece in cloud ioP is semantics ontology and consistent naming standards – cloud panel #cloud
  • mskilton: cloud has the hight barrier and over expectation on what cloud can deliver- my be a barrier to its success #cloud
  • theopengroup: Is the hype around #Cloud Computing creating a barrier to its success? #cloud panel
  • mskilton: need for standards for service discovery and standard SLA  terms – cloud panel #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: There are some issues around ID security is just one part of the picture, ID, Access , Use  all need to be joined- cloud panel #cloud
  • mskilton: top down Cloud IOP solutions re too difficult to implement, bottom up is a better way to go – cloud panel  #cloud
  • NadhanAtHP: @theopengroup #cloud panel – Forces and counter forces to #CloudComputing adoption and success http://t.co/LovysX23 #HPCloudCA
  • Marc_Carno: “@mskilton: challenging missing piece in cloud ioP is semantics ontology&consistent naming standards – #cloud” mouthful but good 🙂
  • mskilton: need to consider different workload types have different behaviors that IOP needs to recognize – cloud panel #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: keep it simple -complexity os a big barrier in IOP #cloud @capgeminiUK
  • mskilton: We are going toward kinds of brokers in the future of cloud – cloud panel #cloud @CapgeminiUK
  • mskilton: I may not see IOP in my lifetime but I sure hope it happens 🙂 #cloud @CapgeminiUK
  • mskilton: IOP needs to solve the business needs now . Needs to be requirement driven – cloud panel #cloud @CapgeminiUK
  • NadhanAtHP: SOA principles evolved to define the Cloud paradigm – hence SOCCI.  #cloudcomputing #HPCloudCA @theopengroup http://t.co/c8oxxdC4

Roberto Severo:

  • ArtBourbon: “Every company has an accidental EA – even if they don’t realize it” @rsevero at #ogSFO

A few more miscellanea:

  • EricStephens: Recent talk I gave at @theopengroup conference in San Francisco on EA Governance @OTNArchBeat  http://t.co/Fih1n91h
  • ArtBourbon: Nice to meet up with @rsevero and @chrisonea at #ogSFO – new people to learn from
  • chrisonea: OK. I’ve had enough #cloud speak. Time to drink.
  • EricStephens: Pleasure seeing so many folks at #ogsfo including tweeps @mikejwalker, @selse and @chrisonea. Safe travels to all.

A handful of notes on the free (in both senses) section of the conference, the ‘TOGAF Camp’:

  • stevenunn: Interest in building blocks and ArchiMate at TOGAF(R) Camp #entarch
  • stevenunn: TOGAF(R) Camp favorite topic is “Applying TOGAF in an immature IT environment, and forcing its rapid adoption” #entarch
  • togaf_r: TOGAF Camp: Good interactions on ArchiMate, TOGAF implementation and certification
  • togaf_r: For those attending TOGAF Camp. The white papers referenced were Y121, W102 and W103 at http://t.co/Ef5qYiOK

And a couple of wrap-up items:

  • a_josey: Day 3 completed with TOGAF Camp and Cloud Camp (@ The Open Group Conference San Francisco #ogsfo) http://t.co/PrWAPjmQ
  • theopengroup:: Thank you to all the engaging participants in the conference for another wonderful year! http://t.co/oN2RYA34

Okay, now it’s my turn.

For the first time in almost year, this is one Open Group conference where I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to go. (Okay, part of that was that there are lot of other people in the San Francisco region that I need to meet up with, but the conference would have been a great excuse to do so. 🙂 )

Despite the usual IT-obsessions – such as the huge hype over cloud-computing at present – there do seem to be some genuine of signs of movement away from the IT-centrism of the past. Quite a few presentations clearly indicated a need to think much wider than just IT, and some even acknowledged the need to explore beyond the organisation itself – which is a definite improvement on past years. (Yes, I’m well aware that Open Group is an IT-standards body, and therefore would tend to have a natural bias towards IT: but if it’s going to insist on working in enterprise-architecture, it does need to take the whole enterprise into account…)

The new version 2.0 of Archimate had its expected mix of satisfaction and disappointment:

— The satisfying part is that a couple of very important gaps in its coverage have now been filled, with the addition of Location and the broader-reach Motivation extension (though how anyone could describe motivation as an ‘extension’ when it should be the core of any architecture-notation is another matter entirely…). The Migration extension will be very useful indeed, not least as a workaround for the fact that so few existing EA toolsets have any usable means to cope with architecture-change.

— The disappointment is that there are still no entities to describe the physical-world – physical-infrastructure, machines, vehicles or anything of that kind – so it’s still all but impossible to use Archimate to model anything much beyond IT. For example, we can’t model the relationship between physical logistics and the accompanying information; we can’t even model the whole architecture of a data-centre, because we have no way to describe power-supplies or cooling-systems and the like. And although it’s obviously unlikely to change by now, the fundamentally-wrong IT-centric layering of Archimate (‘Business’, ‘Application’ and ‘[IT] Infrastructure’) still scrambles everything whenever we try to do a proper service-oriented architecture that does not assume that everything not-IT is ‘business’. Oh well: next time, perhaps?

Anyway, clearly a good conference – and I hope these collated Tweets have been of use to you? Let me know, perhaps?

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