Dave Hornford, Conexiam managing partner, joined a BriefingsDirect thought leadership interview at The Open Group Conference in Newport Beach, California. This panel looked at how how ArchiMate and the Architecture Forum impacts such trends as big data and cloud. The podcast has not yet been published.
Dave's key statements in the briefing were as follows:
"I was very encouraged that organizations are talking about building cadres. With this path we're building effective teams, not a few specialists in an ivory tower, but the core people of a capability. We must provide the method and the discipline of how we converse about enterprise architecture, TOGAF, big data, cloud, etc., so that we can have a consistent conversation. With this foundation I'm able to consistently describe my architecture, information, or business - I now have an asset that identifies, consumes, and produces value.
"If we don’t do enterprise architecture, if we don’t use a framework like TOGAF, or we don’t use the discipline of formal modeling, we're going to create architecture anecdotally. We're going to trip. We're going to fall. We're going to have an unending series of surprises where things don't fit together.
"When we look at how our businesses are optimized, they normally optimize around work product, what the organization is delivering. That’s very easy. You can see who consumes your work product, who is next in a process. With information, you often have no idea who consumes your information. Big data, or any effective use of information, requires us to understand our information assets: including provenance, source, restrictions on use. Good enterprise architecture delivers this understanding so we can act.
"From the work done in The Open Group Architecture Forum with the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), SABSA for enterprise security architecture and the TeleManagement Forum, it is clear that the concepts in TOGAF work across industries and across trends. The next release of TOGAF is designed to cleanly separate the concepts from guidance so that we can be far nimbler in how we use TOGAF with current problems such as cloud, consumerization of IT, on-shoring or big data - and especially how we deal with multiple issues."