Troux Worldwide Conference 2013

Troux WWC 2013

The Troux Worldwide Conference is returning to Austin, Texas on March 19-20, 2013. If you are a Troux customer, partner, or actively involved in Enterprise Architecture (EA) or Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM), this is your opportunity to enjoy peer networking and joint learning with a focus on delivering rapid results with Troux EPM solutions.

I found this to be a very powerful conference with a great line up of speakers, topics and networking opportunties that isn't just a bunch of folks drinking the Troux "Kool-Aid" but a sharing of real life solutions in Enterprise Architecture. 

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Why attend?

The 2013 conference will build on the success of last year's conference, including:

  • Industry-leading speakers – last year’s event featured over 30 guest speakers, including: Angela Yochem, CTO at AstraZeneca; Mike Walker, Principal Architect at Microsoft; Jason Scarlett, Chief Architect at CPS Energy; and Russ Conway, Director of EA at Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Real world case studies - Troux customers share their experiences and discuss trends, challenges, and solutions that are helping them strategically manage IT
  • Best practices forum - practical advice on popular topics, such as how to start small; speaking the language of business; and how to track and market your success

Hear our speakers share their passion for forging the connection between IT and the business.

Get Invited

Troux hosted more than 350 customers and industry experts in 2012. Space is limited, so use the form to request your invitation now.

Interested in presenting your success story? Please contact us! Our call for papers closes on January 18, 2013


Smartphone and Tablet Version of TOGAF 9

For those that are like me, I use my smartphone or tablet throughout the day. Often times it is much easier to go to those devices than the traditional laptop. Given that I am always on the hunt for mobile formatted versions of content.

The Open Group has had their TOGAF mobile site enabled for quite some time but not sure many folks knew about it. Below is a link to that site:

I use this like I use an app on the iPhone. You can add this to your Home Screen fairly easily. Here are the steps:

  1. Launch Safari on your iPhone
  2. Browse to the TOGAF Mobile Site (
  3. Click the Share button at the bottom of Safari
  4. Click "Add to Home Screen"
  5. Type a name for the icon that will appear on your home screen
  6. Click the "Add" button

Presentation: It’s Not about How Smart You Are…

Mike The Architect Blog: Angry Last week I presented about a topic that focuses on improving enterprise architecture effectiveness through our soft skills.  There is a great deal to cover in this area but I wanted to build a primer and get some your thoughts stimulated around the soft skills required to be effective with your customers and partners.

The most common pitfall I see with my interaction with architects is that our communication is dominated by IT centric speak that is illustrated with technical templates, data models, complex frameworks or even fully baked solutions. These are all analytical or IQ centric in nature. In my presentation, I discuss how that is not how people in general think and set the stage for a different way of thinking about how we as EA’s communicate through Emotional Intelligence.


EA Effectiveness: It’s not about how much you know but how you use it

In this presentation I talked about how your IQ will get you the job but your EQ will allow you to keep it. Meaning, even if you’re the smartest architect on the block but you intimidate, alienate or out right make people mad you will not be effective.  I’m sure some of you have seen this in your past but if you need another story about this you can find a really great one in the book, “Five Dysfunctions of a Team”. 

In my presentation, I explore high-level EA soft skills  and offer some insights into our own biology to explain how people think and relate it back to our profession. Over time I will dive into more of these aspects that I am just scratching the surface on now.

Note: There are quite a few images in the presentation that require a voice over. I may address this through a webcast at some point.

If you view my presentation, I would love to hear your feedback on this topic and how you think this would help or impact your architecture success.


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