If you have been an Enterprise Architect for some time, no doubt the name of Chris Potts will ring a bell. Chris is a corporate strategist, specialising in Enterprise Investment.
In 1994 he established the first formal Enterprise Architecture (EA) capability in the company he worked for. This kick-started Chris’s interest in corporate strategies, including the differences and independencies between strategy, architecture and investments, and how enterprises create value by investing in invest in change and IT.
Nowadays he is an independent practitioner and mentor. At our Architect Café he will present the following topic: “Enterprise Architecture in the Era of Consumerization plus Cloud.”
The combination of consumerization and cloud has changed the game for enterprises the world over. The architectural challenge is to achieve a radically different balance between outside-in and inside-out design. For Enterprise Architects themselves, the opportunity is about influencing and leading senior decision-makers in assessing the potential scenarios for their strategies and business models, choosing the best architectural innovations to invest in, and making the very most of those investments.
Come and participate in the most important EA conversation that’s happening right now!
The Architect Café will be held in the ING offices in Brussels (Marnixlaan 24, entrance to auditorium via Troonstraat) on 29th of May. Doors are open as from 17h30 and the presentations will be held from 18h00 to 20h00 (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, send us an e-mail.
We are always looking for interesting presentations, valuable case studies and possible hosting locations. Should you have any suggestions, please let us know.
We at the Belgian Chapter will promote Enterprise Architecture even more in 2011 with 3 Architect Café’s that offer both theoretical and practical cases.
To kick-start our new season we proudly present you on Thursday 3rd March the following topic: The Business Value of Enterprise Architecture, illustrated by a case study.
This interesting topic is brought to you by Patrick Vandeputte. He holds a Master in Engineering and an MBA and has some 20 years of experience with ICT in various functions. While working for bpost since 2003 he currently leads the Enterprise Architecture team at bpost since 2008. Since then the EA team has been heavily involved in all major business projects and a formal Architecture Board has been integrated as a mandatory quality gate in the E2E demand management process. Last year he initiated an ambitious multi-year corporate EA program ‘WRIGHT’ aiming at better alignment between business and ICT.
RealDolmen will be the host of this Architect Café. Location: De Jachthoorn (Kontich).
Doors are open as from 17h30 and the presentations will be held from 18h to 19h30 (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, please click here.
For the next Architect Café’s, please save the following dates:
– Thursday May 26th 2011 Diegem
– Tuessday Sept. 13th 2011 Brussels
We are looking forward meeting you in March!
The Belgian Chapter of a|EA
PS. We are always looking for interesting presentations, valuable case studies and possible hosting locations.
‘Case Study: Cross-Enterprise Architecture Reality Check’ tells the story of Swiss Life’s Germany and Switzerland entities, who previously operated mostly autonomously, but cooperated in a joint program, named Pulse, in 2007 to bring variable annuity life insurance products to Europe through a new shared service center in Luxemburg. The corporation had just strategically reoriented, and would soon have to prove its stability through 2008’s turbulent times in the financial markets. This has truly put the flexibility and “apt competitive cost” of Swiss Life’s enterprise architecture to the test.
We will look at how the compliance requirements and the innovative business model were enabled, building on the existing architectures. Which key lessons can be drawn from the established architecture, after subsequent corporate decisions with deep impact on the organisation, while simultaneously extending the architecture (as well as building a new one) to enable consecutive different-than-foreseen business models in Austria and Switzerland through 2009 and 2010
About the facilitator:
Erwin Glassée has served as the Pulse program architect through 2008, based in Zürich until mid 2010. Coming from his previous engagement as country enterprise architect for Swiss Life Belgium, he experienced life as an architect at Swiss Life Group both in Rome (physically conveniently located in Zürich) and in the provinces. Erwin has performed previous engagements as consulting IT architect, project manager, business analyst and software engineer (both custom and product software). Erwin is currently ICT Architect and ICT Security Officer at Delta Lloyd Life, starting september 2010.
Microsoft will be the host of this Architect Café.
Doors are open as from 17h30 and presentations will be held from 18h to 20h (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, please click here.