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EA Cafe 17: What works in IT Architecture … and what doesn’t?


In this session we will, with the help of the audience, share experiences on what works and what doesn’t work in IT Architecture. In the last ten years, many people have been working on establishing an IT Architecture profession. Several methods and techniques, described in TOGAF, DYA and similar very well known sources, have been tried. Some of those methods and techniques seem to work very well, others don’t seem to work at all. Because of this mixed advice, getting IT Architecture up to expectations has been a daunting task that is far from complete.

The first part of the evening will be highly interactive with the audience sharing some of their own experiences of what works and what doesn’t work in an IT Architecture Practice. Several BelgAF members will moderate, creating a framework for discussion and provide a wrap-up of what has been said.

Kurt Cuijpers, chief architect at De Lijn, closes the evening with the story of his real world experiences in “dos and don’ts” in IT Architecture at large and complex organisation like De Lijn, particularly in dealing with external providers of solutions.

This session is offered by The Belgian Architecture Forum for a Digital World (or short: BelgAF, ). It is a non-profit organization in Belgium organising in-depth discussions and sessions like this one with the aim of professionalizing IT Architecture by sharing experience and knowledge, working on creating new insights and helping new IT Architects find their way.


SD Worx will be the host of this Architect Café.

The Architect Café will be held in the SD Worx offices in Antwerp, Brouwersvliet 5 (White Building). Doors are open as from 17h30 and the presentations will be held from 18h to 20h00 (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, please click here.

We are always looking for interesting presentations, valuable case studies and possible hosting locations. Should you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Make sure to reserve your seat now!


Nelis Boucké

Nelis is software architect and co-founder of Archiwise, a company that assist other companies with improving their software using architecture-based approaches in complex distributed systems. He co-founded the Belgian Architecture Forum for a Digital World to be able to discuss on experiences and practical approaches with like-minded people. He started his work on architecture during his phd research at the K.U.Leuven and has worked researching and practising software architecture in the last 8 years in various organisations and domains.

Bavo De Ridder

Bavo is a freelance Enterprise and Solution Architect and one of the co-founders of the Belgian Architecture Forum for a Digital World. He has over 10 years of experience in application, solution and enterprise architecture and has helped several organizations with building an architecture practice. Bavo is always eager to learn new things and is currently enrolled in a master-after-master in Enterprise IT Architecture. In his master thesis he researches the influence from external parameters like Business Process Management maturity or Organization Design maturity on Enterprise IT Architecture.

Kurt Cuijpers

Chief Architect at De Lijn.