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!


Open CA Gets Top Pay in Enterprise Architecture Certifications

As I was doing some market research for my EA’s competency driven strategy I ran across an interesting article from late 2012 that validates the importance of a well educated, fully rounded and even certified Enterprise Architect. The article, “23 IT Certifications That Mean Higher Pay” posted on in September of 2012, shows that companies value these skills and are willing to pay more. 

The data was pulled from the Foote Research Group quarterly 2012 IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends Report and its CEO David Foote spoke with about how you can use certifications to get employers to show you the money.

The article separates the list into three tiers of percent added to base pay from the lowest to highest:

  • 8% – 13% Added to Base
  • 10% – 15% Added to Base
  • 12% – 16% Added to Base


In the highest tier of 12% to 16% Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) gets top ranking in Enterprise Architecture certifications for largest percent premium added to your base salary. I received my Open CA certification in 2011 and was nominated to the certification board. It was quite the honor for both.

Afterwards I really wanted top share my experiences and write up a condensed version of what Open CA really was. You can find this information in the post entitled, “The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) Program Distilled“.  

Two things I think this article says about our industry:

  1. Baseline of Skills and Competencies – Whether it is Open CA or any other EA certification, I believe this shows a natural maturing in the EA discipline. The industry is bringing together a set of common and recognized set of skills and competencies through these certifications. In this case the EA market has recoginized Open CA as the most popular and perhaps the defacto standard for EA skills and competencies. 
  2. Competencies of Skills – I liked seeing Open CA certification on this list rather than TOGAF or a Zachman certification (there are many others besides these two). The reason I prefer Open CA is because it is  competency based. Meaning it’s about how and what you have done as a practitioner and not about what you know from reading a book or taking a class.  


For more information on Open CA: 


Also of note in that tier with Open CA is the Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification.

Enterprise Architecture Certifications Distilled Presentation Available

For those that attended my webcast entitled, Open Group Webcast – Enterprise Architecture Certifications Distilled yesterday, I have have published the presentation here.  The recording will come soon. If you have comments, questions or want more detail please let me know.


Open Group Webcast – Enterprise Architecture Certifications Distilled

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Enterprise Architecture Certifications Distilled

An Open Group Webinar

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  • Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
  • Cost: Free; registration required
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. BST; 12:00 p.m. EDT; 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • Speakers: Mike Walker (Microsoft), James de Raeve (The Open Group), Steve Philp (The Open Group)


This free webinar looks at the wide range of Enterprise Architecture (EA) certifications that are available and why it is important to choose the right certification for your career. We will examine why skills and experience-based certifications are becoming increasingly important to both employers and employees as part of the professional development process.

Attendees will also find out more about the new ArchiMate® 2.0 certification along with details of a new Business Architecture stream in Open CA and new Security and Service Management streams in Open CITS.

To Register, and to view upcoming / archived webinars, visit: The Open Group Webinar site >

Register for The Open Group Conference, Cannes, France, April 23-27, 2012

British Computer Society to recognize The Open Group certifications towards CITP status

Mike Walker's Blog: British Computer Society to recognize The Open Group certifications towards CITP statusGood news for all of those Open CA and Open CITS architects who want to also pursue the British Computer Society Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.   Last month Open Group and BCS announced that BCS will recognize The Open Group certifications towards CITP status.


Below you can find the details of the announcement from the Open Group site:

The agreement allows individuals who hold The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) and Certified IT Specialist (Open CITS) certifications at Level 2 (Master) and Level 3 (Distinguished) to be exempt from the initial review and interview elements of the BCS Charted IT Professional (CITP) process. Applicants will still need to take and pass the BCS breadth of knowledge test as well as be Professional members of BCS to achieve CITP status. The Open Group certifications complement CITP status as they are globally recognized, credible qualifications which demonstrate that IT professionals have the knowledge, skills and expertise required to complete certain jobs.

The CITP assessment process was developed by BCS in response to industry and government demands for deeper expertise and relevance from the IT profession.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, explains: “We have assessed The Open Group’s Open CA and Open CITS certifications and are happy that the criteria and processes established by The Open Group meet the level of experience and competence demanded for CITP. Globally there are about almost 6,000 IT professionals who will be able to take advantage of this new agreement when it is launched supporting our objectives to champion global IT professionals and give practitioners the professional development and career support that they deserve. This is important as employers are increasingly demanding CITP recognition from candidates for key IT roles.”

James de Raeve, VP of Certification, The Open Group adds: “This agreement is great news for IT professionals who want to complete both a qualification from The Open Group and achieve CITP status without duplicating effort. The chartered status demonstrates the same degree of professionalism recognized in other chartered professions in the UK and provides independent validation that Level 2 and 3 of The Open Group’s professional programmes are at least equivalent to SFIA Level 5.”

CITP status shows that senior practitioners possess a broad technical knowledge and can demonstrate business experience, commercial accountability and competence in their individual IT specialism(s). Applicants need to have eight to ten years experience with at least three of the last five years in a complex IT role requiring business insight. Professionals also need to demonstrate competence in their chosen specialism(s) and interpersonal skills via an online interview with expert assessors.
Holders of The Open Group certifications forming part of this agreement can register their interest in achieving CITP status through the scheme at:


Full article can be found here:

Recap: Penn State Enterprise Architecture Education & Research Initiative

Mike Walker's Blog: PennState Center for EA

In this session at the Open Group Conference, Dr. Brian Cameron walked us through Penn State Enterprise Architecture Initiative at the College of ISTEA IST. I have blogged about this program before (Enterprise Architecture Goes To College, EA Becoming Academically Recognized and Offered) where I provide a listing of the other college institutions that offer EA in some form or another.

I learned a few additional interesting facts about the program. Specifically some of the key areas that Dr. Cameron is planning on expanding:

  • Launch of online Professional Masters in EA
  • Launch of undergraduate focus in EA
  • Growth of the research portfolio
  • Expansion of the Center for Enterprise Architecture


Below is the recap of the session.



Mike Walker's Blog: PennState Center for EA

The holistic nature of research endeavors aimed at understanding and improving the craft and practice of EA would mean that a number of disciplines will be implicated in defining the problem domain as well as contribute perspectives, approaches and techniques that will be valuable for addressing EA research concerns. Research on EA can benefit from these perspectives contributed by a number of allied disciplines.

  • Enterprise Architecture Advisory Board, over seventy organizations from seven countries
  • First Advisory Board Meeting conducted September 2009
  • Creation of an undergraduate EA degree focus
  • Creation of an online Professional Masters Program
  • Creation of a professional development portfolio
  • Creation of an EA Research Center


Dr. Cameron also established the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) that is an association of professional organizations whose members have an active interest in the practice and professionalism of Enterprise Architecture.

FEAPO provides a forum to facilitate collaboration and coordination of activities of among Enterprise Architecture (EA) related professional organizations, to work toward a better integrated community and “one face”for the advancement of the profession of Enterprise Architecture. The advent of FEAPO has been welcomed the world over because there is a strong desire among practitioners and organizations in many countries to professionalize and advance the field of enterprise architecture.

This group consists of the following members:

  • Data Management International
  • International Association of Software Architects
  • International Council on Systems Engineering
  • International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • The Association for Enterprise Information
  • The Association for Enterprise Architects
  • The Association of Business Process Management Professionals International
  • The British Computer Society
  • The Business Architecture Guild
  • The Business Architects Association
  • The Center for the Advancement of the EA Profession
  • The EA Shared Interest Group from the Industry Advisory Council
  • The Integration Consortium
  • The Object Management Group
  • The Open Group
  • The National Association of State CIOs


Four Main Areas of the Program

  • Undergraduate Education committee
    • Defining the competencies that an undergraduate student graduating with a focus in Enterprise Architecture should possess.
  • Masters Education committee
    • Defining what competencies should be built into the new online Enterprise Architecture Professional Masters Program.
  • Professional Development committee
    • Defining what type of continuing education offering should be developed in the area of enterprise architecture. Offerings could include certificate programs, executive education, and customized programs for specific organizations.
  • Research committee
    • Defining what research streams should be developed and enhanced in relation to Enterprise Architecture.
    • Helped develop a straw man participation model for the new EA Center.


Key Research Areas

  1. EA career path development
  2. EA framework development and usage
  3. EA maturity assessments
  4. EA Stakeholder analysis & engagement
  5. Understanding EA styles
  6. Value measurement frameworks for EA
  7. Application of EA to areas outside of IT (e.g.: supply chain)



Organizations Involved

Alfabet, Germany

Applied Research Lab/ Penn State

Air Force Research Laboratory

Armstrong Process Group

Assoc. of Enterprise Architects (AEA)

Association for Enterprise Information

BAE Systems Inc

Bllue Cross Blue Shield Association


Booz Allen Hamilton

Business Architecture Guild

Center for the Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture

Profession (CAEAP)


Computer Aid Inc. (CAI)

Computer Sciences Corporation

Cutter Consortium


Department of Homeland Security

Data Management International (DAMA International)

Defense Intelligence Agency

Deloitte Consulting

EMC Corporation

Ernst & Young


Forrester Research




Innoveer Solutions

Integration Consortium

Iteraplan, Germany

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Johnson & Johnson

Kaiser Permanente

Kingdee Research Institute, China


Lockheed Martin

Mathet Consulting, Inc.

Meraka Institute, South Africa


Northrop Grumman

Object Management Group (OMG)


PA. State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)


Pinnacle Business Group

PNC Financial Services Group


Progressive Insurance


Smartsphere PPM and EAM Solutions

State Farm Insurance Company

TATA Consultancy Services , India

The Confiance Group

The Enterprise Architecture Shared

Interest Group from the

Industry Advisory Council

The National Defense University

The MITRE Corporation

The Open Group


Trout Technologies

Unisys Corporation

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Interior

U.S. General Services Administration


U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

U.S. Air Force, Chief, Enterprise Architecture Division,

Office of Warfighting Integration and CIO

Verizon Telecom -Information Systems

Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Wipro Technologies

ArchiMate 2.0 Certification Released


Along side the release of the ArchiMate 2.0 specification, a new certification for the ArchiMate has been released this week.

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0ArchiMate, an Open Group Standard, is an open and independent modelling language for enterprise architecture that is supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. ArchiMate provides instruments to enable enterprise architects to describe, analyze and visualize the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way.

The ArchiMate Certification Program provides certification for people, training courses and for tools that meet The Open Group standards:

  • The ArchiMate 2 Certification for People Program is a market-driven education and certification program to support ArchiMate 2, and ensures that individuals are knowledgeable about ArchiMate.
  • The ArchiMate 2 Tool Certification Program ensures that a tool meets the mandatory requirements to support the ArchiMate modeling language.
  • The ArchiMate 2 Accredited Training Course Program provides an assurance mark for training courses including an assessment both of the course and also the personnel and organization. In addition, all accredited training course include in their course fee the examination.

This section contains links to the key program documentation, including Datasheets, Policies and Conformance Requirements for each aspect of the certification program, together with the CSQ templates where applicable

Program Datasheets

The following datasheets are available describing the ArchiMate 2 for People Certification program.

Certification for Individuals
Accreditation of ArchiMate 2 Training Courses
Archimate Tool Support Certification