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The Open Group will hold its first Australian conference in Sydney on 15 April. It will be the first time the developer and manager of the TOGAF standard has held a conference in Australia.

The Open Group was formed in 1996 with the merger of X/Open and the Open Software Foundation. It is best known as the certifying body for Unix. It also develops and manages TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) standard for enterprise architecture (EA) framework.

The Sydney conference will focus mainly on the TOGAF 9.1 standard, which has been in existence since late 2011. One of the key aims of the conference will be to draw attention to the importance of EA as a business tool. The conference is sponsored by Enterprise Architects, a Melbourne based EA specialist that now operates internationally through offices in New York, London, South Africa and Australia.

Enterprise Architects’ founder and CEO, Hugh Evans, said that Australia had the fourth highest uptake of TOGAF in the world, with 2000 Association of Enterprise Architect (AEA) members in Australia. There are also over 1400 individuals from Open Group member organisations based in Australia.

“There is an increased realisation that EA is a way of approaching and managing the masses of data that organisations are now confronting,” says Evans. “One of its advantages is that it brings a common terminology to the issues – so technical people and business people can talk the same language.”

“The Open Group’s decision to launch its first conference in Australia for EA is a huge vote of confidence for Australia’s international position as leaders in the field. Australia produces some of the world’s best architecture talent and most of our industry uses EA practises to guide their strategic IT planning efforts.

“EA helps organisation deliver value by examining their business capabilities and their underlying people, processes, technology and information flow. They can use it to help management formulate and communicate strategic change, translating the high-level purpose and vision into a detailed technology program and project delivery.

Speakers for the conference include:

  • Allen Brown, CEO and President, The Open Group
  • Peter Haviland, Chief Business Architect, Ernst & Young
  • Helius Guimaraes, Global IS&T Manager - Exploration, Rio Tinto
  • Roger Venning, Chief IT Architect, NBN Co
  • Craig Martin, COO and Chief Architect, Enterprise Architects
  • Tien-Ti Mak, CTO, Australia Post

The conference will be held at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel on 15-18 April 2013.

iTWire is media partner for the event.


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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.



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