Australian Enterprise Architecture Conference

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Keynote: The Enterprise is the Story

What is it that makes an enterprise into an enterprise? The answer is a story…

Most current approaches to enterprise-architecture start from technology – which works well enough if you are only working on the technology itself. But as enterprise-architecture expands outward into the business, or we need to work on ‘digital transformation’ where people and their needs necessarily come to the fore, a technology centred approach starts to show its limitations.

This lively session introduces a complementary, more people-oriented approach to enterprise-architecture, built around a concept of ‘the enterprise as story’. We’ll explore:
• what story is, in the context for enterprise-architecture
• how story acts as a unifying theme for the architecture
• how to identify and develop the enterprise-story
• how story underlies enterprise values and principles
• how story provides guidance and governance for information-architecture, technology-architecture, digital-transformation and service-design

After this session, you’ll see your architecture with new eyes – open to new possibilities and new ways to engage with all of your stakeholders in the broader business. Share and Enjoy!

Conference Workshop – Doing EA: a maturity-based approach to enterprise-architecture development

Starting out in enterprise-architecture is rarely easy – and to keep going with it can be even harder. There are frameworks aplenty, but they can often seem large, cumbersome and unwieldy, offering too much of what we don’t need and not enough of what we do. Useful, yes, but surely there must be a better way? – and especially, a way that can fully engage people beyond IT in developing the enterprise-architecture?
There is. It’s called a maturity-model: a step-by-step guide to what to do, when, why and with whom, for what business-value at each stage.
In this practical, hands-on workshop we’ll explore:
• What a maturity model provides for architecture
• The difference between maturity-level and maturity-step – and why the latter is more useful
• What to do within each maturity-step, and what value it provides
• How to use a maturity-model to support digital-transformation and other major business change
The workshop will be valuable for architects and others with all levels of experience, and applicable for all types of architecture, from IT-only to whole-of-enterprise.
This workshop is based in part on Tom Graves’ book Doing Enterprise Architecture: process and practice in the real enterprise. Each workshop-participant will receive a free copy of the book.