Integrating TOGAF and The Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) Service Landscape Whitepaper

Today The Open Group released the updated whitepaper, Integrating the TOGAF® Standard with the BIAN Service Landscape. This release might be beneficial for those architects in the banking space that use or considering to use TOGAF in conjunction with BIAN.

For those not familiar with BIAN, it is a not-for-profit organization which seeks to accelerate the adoption of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the banking industry. It does so by promoting convergence
towards a common service landscape, and by providing semantic standards which makes it
easier and more cost-effective to integrate such services.

Mike The Architect Blog: TOGAF and BIAN Whitepaper

This whitepaper aims to support Enterprise Architects within the banking industry, reaping the synergies of two complementary industry frameworks:

  • TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, is a proven Enterprise Architecture methodology and framework used by leading global organizations to improve business efficiency.
  • BIAN, the Banking Industry Architecture Network, delivers an overall framework and set of IT Service definitions and BIAN Business Scenarios specific to the banking industry, aimed at improving systems interoperability.

In the heart of the White Paper, both the TOGAF standard and BIAN are mapped to each other. The leverage of the BIAN deliverables in the context of the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) is further elaborated. For each step in an architecture development process, the integration of BIAN deliverables is described.


For more information


Open Group Enterprise Architecture Conference London 2013 Highlights


Last week , The Open Group kicked off their signature Enterprise Architecture Conference in London. Like others in the  recent past the Open Group has taken on a industry focus for these quarterly conferences. The goal here is to provide a very tailored experience to EA’s in those specific industries. With this focus and where the conference was hosted I was surprised to see the very broad attendance and representation from many nations all over the world that include 28 nations: UK, US, Columbia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and many others.

The theme of this conference was Business Transformation in Finance, Government and Healthcare. There were some very interesting sessions specifically from the keynote presenters based in the UK. If you were not there you can watch the live stream of the keynote presentations here:

You will find from all of these presentations that there is a shift in how EA is used and the results generated. As an example, Judith Jones from Architecting-The-Enterprise, shared her findings from the World Economic Forum, posing the question “what keeps 1000 global leaders awake at night”? There were stats were presented with over 50 global risks – economical, societal, environmental, geopolitical and technological. There wasn’t the typical drudging over IT oriented topics. Luckily this was a shared theme across many of the pure vertical tracks.

The Open Group has posted two summaries are well, I would suggest taking a look at them. I wasn’t going to duplicate much of what they covered since they did such a good job. See below:



Even though there was a vertical focus the Open Group did cover additional areas around the profession of EA, forward looking views on the industry and architecture topics like big data and cloud.

Included in that were a series of announcements:


Mike Walker’s Participation at the Event

Unfortunately for myself I wasn’t able to attend many of the afternoon sessions at the conference. Would see more coverage and thoughts about the event. This was due largely to my leadership duties at the Open Group in developing the next version of TOGAF.  Specifically I spent time in two areas, leading the Business Architecture work stream along with Enterprise Architecture Capabilities workshop (see more here). I will talk more about the Enterprise Architecture Capabilities in another post.

The time that I did spend in the conference center was spent presenting to the conference attendees. I had two sessions that centered around the profession itself:

  • Enterprise Architecture Certifications Distilled
  • Panel Session: Looking to the Future


Enterprise Architecture Certifications Distilled

In my presentation, I distilled a wide range of the certifications directly applicable to Enterprise Architecture. While this was a narrow view on the EA profession, it’s one of the most common questions I get from customers.  Certifications are only one component of a career planning conversation. Most importantly for organizations, it is a component of a competency driven strategy to drive results for your organization.

With that said, and if you agree with the assertion, there are so many different EA certifications out there, without the proper framing it can get a bit confusing. I provide perspectives on certifications like TOGAF®, Open CA, and Open CITS  to name a few. Then discuss why it is important to choose the right certification for your career. I examine why skills and experience-based certifications are becoming increasingly more important to both employers and employees as part of the professional development process.

You can see the Live Stream below for those that wasn’t able to attend:



Looking into the Future Panel


Thanks to David Daniel@AgileEngineer for snapping a shot of all of us.

In this panel session I participated we discussed some of the key issues facing the future development of the Enterprise Architecture discipline. You might of seen me talk on other panels about this very topic. A detailed post on my predictions can be found in the post entitled, “Predictions: Enterprise Architecture In 2020”. My thoughts on these topics haven’t changed much.

The questions asked were:

  1. How will the practice of architecture be materially different in 5 years?
  2. Will enterprise architecture ever achieve a professional status – similar to medicine or law?
  3. Are universities the right place to teach enterprise architecture?
  4. Are there any other disciplines that threaten to supersede EA? If so – what are they?




Thank You

I wanted to extend a big thank you to both The Open Group for asking me to come and speak again at their conference along with all the attendees that joined my sessions, asked some really great questions and tweeted some of my thoughts.

Thank you!

Five Take-Aways from Gartner Symposium 2013

Mike The Architect Blog: Gartner Symposium 2013 5 Take-Aways

Last week was Gartner’s marquee event for its customers, Symposium ITxpo 2013. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo brings CIOs and senior IT executives together under one roof, the event offers 500+ analyst sessions, workshops, roundtables and mastermind keynotes across five full days. With 10 role-based tracks and 11 industry tracks, the agenda targets your specific title responsibilities and ways to adapt new ideas and strategy to your industry, along with insight on what’s next in IT.

I wanted to provide a recap on the event based on my perspectives. I hope this is helpful to the folks that attended and for those that could did not.


My Top Five Take-Aways from the Event

For Enterprise Architects and other strategic roles I distilled the following observations from the conference.

  1. Be Prepared For The 2014 Top 10 Trends
  2. Customers Demand a New Vendor Model
  3. The Focus Is Still on Cloud, Mobile Social and Information
  4. There is no Private and Public Cloud, Just Hybrid
  5. IT Has Grown Up. Focusing on Strategic Business Value


#1 Be Prepared For The 2014 Top 10 Trends

Gartner highlighted the top ten technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2014. Strategic technology is defined as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

Gartner says:

“The new technologies will help drive IT spending to $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.6% percent increase from this year”

The projected increase in IT spending isn’t necessarily good news for established IT vendors. Approximately two-thirds of the respondents to Gartner’s CIO survey said they expect to change primary suppliers by 2017. [See more below in #2 Customers Demand New Vendor Model]

A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. These technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives.

The top ten strategic technology trends for 2014 include:

  1. Mobile Device Diversity and Management
  2. Mobile Apps and Applications
  3. The Internet of Everything
  4. Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker
  5. Cloud/Client Architecture
  6. The Era of Personal Cloud
  7. Software Defined Anything
  8. Web-Scale IT
  9. Smart Machines
  10. 3-D Printing

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.


#2 Customers Demand a New Vendor Model
According to a Gartner, 1300 CIOs say that their vendors and partners of the future (digital IT partners) will not be the same as the current traditional partners.

Below is the predictions from Gartner on who will be the relevant technology leaders in the next 10 years.

Mike The Architect Blog: Gartner Symposium 2013 5 Take-Aways

Gartner says:

“CIOs see Google as "more innovative than current enterprise vendors"

This analysis further showed that the customers over the next 5 to 10 years will be less inclined to go with a single sourcers of technology but rather diversify to many smaller more agile and innovative technology partners.

Mike The Architect Blog: Gartner Symposium 2013 5 Take-Aways


Should the big vendors be concerned? If Gartner’s analysis is correct, yes. I suspect what this means is that companies now have more options to go with smaller more agile and nimble vendors. An example of this is or Workday which I think companies like these have pioneered this behavior with a combination of their go to market strategies and availability of technology. 


#3 The Focus is on Cloud, Mobile Social and Information

The Gartner Nexus of Forces on the IT industry is in full effect. To be relevant in the marketplace today and tomorrow an emphasis on these areas is paramount. Talking with customers at the conference certainly reflected this. 

This is reflected not only in the Gartner research but also in independent research. Shown below is the latest 2013 IBM C-Suite Infographic that shows the importance and the demand.

Mike The Architect Blog: Gartner Symposium 2013 5 Take-Aways - IBM C-Suite Infographic


Just like previous events the analysts at Gartner painted a transformational view on what the IT industry was going to evolve to over the next 5 or so years. Some of the key insights that the Gartner analysts provided were included:

  • The “internet of everything” will drive 4 trillion next year
  • Data explosion threatens to overwhelm enterprises
  • Sensors will be everywhere
  • 3-D printing will change everything
  • Smart machines will replace people

While each one of these insights provide their own value standing alone,  all of these insights are connected and highly predicated on cloud as the backbone. Cloud not only provides the connective tissue but it also provides an architecture that can support the overwhelming amount of information that will open up these new business opportunities.

There is still quite a bit of confusion around what cloud really is and isn’t. Daryl Plummer provides a concise view of what cloud really is in the Network World article, “Gartner: The cloud according to Daryl


#4 There is no Private or Public Cloud, Just Hybrid Cloud

According to Gartner, 70% of companies will be pursuing hybrid cloud strategy by 2015. That might not be a surprise to some as with most solutions they were hybrid in nature before the advent of cloud when there was client / server or SOA.


Mike The Architect Blog: Gartner Symposium 2013 5 Take-Aways - Hybrid Cloud Predictions

What that means is that workloads will be distributed based on how technology decision where made in the past (i.e., heavy focus on infrastructure and apps) but move toward a business oriented IT organization focused on business capability and information.

Focusing only on one service model (IaaS, PaaS or SaaS) or delivery model (Private, Public, Hybrid or Community) is flawed. The go to market strategy must have a cloud playbook that allows for the combination of these to come up with the right solution based on three levels of detail:

  1. Business Model Alignment. How does this solution achieve maximum shareholder value, foster innovation, reduce GRC issues and reduce complexity.
  2. Business Capability Alignment. How does this solution maximize, address gaps or sun sets non-differentiating capabilities of the business
  3. Business Information Management. How does the information that technology facilitates differentiate the company and support technology decisions around risk and benefit.

You can find more of more of my specific insights on this topic in the posts referenced below:

  1. How to Understand Which Investments Go to The Cloud
  2. Cloud Strategy Begins with Balancing Value and Risk
  3. Enterprise Architects are Key to Driving Cloud Strategy
  4. Pragmatic Methods and Tools to Moving to the Cloud


#5 IT Grows Up. Focusing on Strategic Business Value.
The IT world is shifting dramatically, more so than it ever has. Not only as seen in technology but also in it’s operating and organizational models. IT is moving from a classic run or operate IT to be better aligned with the business to deliver innovation that drives strategic value.

Below you will find how the head of IT, the CIO is evolving to support these demands.

Mike The Architect Blog: Gartner Symposium 2013 5 Take-Aways - Evolving Role of the CIO

Gartner says:

“CIOs that don’t adapt will become simple custodians of back-end systems. Companies that fail to change will join Kodak, Blackberry and Wang, each of which was slow to recognize new forces in technology.”

You can find more of more of my specific insights on this topic in the posts referenced below:

  1. What Kind of CIO’s with Transform Businesses   
  2. CIO Priorities for the Next 3 Years

Gartner’s 2013 Enterprise Architecture Tools Magic Quadrant

Like every year, Gartner has released yet another great resource for Enterprise Architects with their EA Tools Magic Quadrant. This is a very useful tool especially if you are in the market for an Enterepise Architecture tool. Gartner dog a good job of plotting holistically where each player in this complex space resides based on their criteria.

Enterprise Architcture 2013 Magic Quadrant

Below you will find the Gartner Magic Quadrant. If you have seen years past the format and even the players will be familiar. However, play close attention as the players have shifted somewhat.

Gartner bases this analysis based on the following criteria:

  • A repository that supports, at a minimum, the business, information, technology and solution viewpoints and their relationships. The repository must also support business direction, vision and strategy, as well as business disruptions.
  • Modeling capabilities that support the minimum viewpoints of business, information, technology and solutions.
  • Decision analysis capabilities, such as gap analysis, impact analysis, scenario planning and system thinking.
  • Presentation capabilities that are visual or interactive to meet the demands of a myriad of stakeholders.
  • Administration capabilities that enable security, user management and other tasks.
  • Configurability capabilities that are extensive, simple and straightforward to accomplish, while supporting multiple environments.
  • Support for frameworks and standards, often used while providing the flexibility to modify the framework.
  • Usability, including intuitive, flexible and easy-to-learn UIs.

According to Gartner’s Julie Short, “The overall market is improving its strategy to deliver business outcomes, as demonstrated by the many inquiries Gartner receives from clients on this topic.”

If you have seen last years past MQ analysis you can find it here:

What you will notice is that this space is starting to solidify more. Int he MQ shown below you will see Avery crowded “visionary” quadrant. This year there acre some clear differences.


Overall the 2013 MQ looks a bit more refined and clearer on the differences in the Enterprise Architecture tool landscape. The criteria and the rational also seems a bit more susynced.

If you would like a full copy of the report, Troux is providing a complementary copy found below:


Book Review: Delivering enterprise architecture with TOGAF and ArchiMate

Delivering enterprise architecture with TOGAF® and ArchiMate® (english version)I wanted to share with all of you a great learning resource if you’re interested and understanding the  Enterprise Architecture modeling notation called ArchiMate. If you follow my blog you have seen me talk about ArchiMate in the past as the “go to” standard for EA’s. But I have also warned EA’s about taking these notations too far with my latest post entitled, “Don’t Get Caught Up In The Architecture Modeling Debate”.

I would like to provide you with a link to a book that I think is worth while looking at. It’s called, Delivering enterprise architecture with TOGAF and ArchiMate

Full disclosure, I did an early review of the book and wrote the forward for it.

However, I believe the book was written by the authority for ArchiMate, the Chair of the ArchiMate forum within the Open Group. Based on that and other facts I feel very comfortable endorsing this book.

Personally, I believe ArchiMate is extremely well-suited for enterprise architects and their modeling needs. It provides the right level of semantics for engaging at the level of abstraction that enterprise architects typically work at. But again, this is a tool used by and for EA’s not all stakeholders.


This book will help you in these two primary ways:

  1. General Purpose Learning Aid
    1. Scenarios. What really sets this book apart from other books is that it takes a set of scenarios and applies it to the ArchiMate body of knowledge. 
    2. TOGAF as the Method. Most of us know TOGAF, which means we should be able to relate to the concepts illustrated. In my opinion this is a very helpful learning aid and will be immediately relatable to your current work.
  2. EA Practice Accelerator. This book can also serve as a accelerator to our current architectural work. Given all the rich models and tie back to TOGAF we can continuously go back to map the things we do as EAs to the illustrations shown in the book. It’s like a handbook of sorts.


Below is a link to the book and some other supplemental resources.

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