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What is Enterprise Architecture?

Enterprise Architecture is fundamental for enabling an enterprise to assimilate internal changes in response to the external dynamics and uncertainties of the information age environment. It not only constitutes a baseline for managing change, but also provides the mechanism by which the reality of the operating enterprise and its systems can be aligned with management intentions.

Enterprise Architecture(EA) is a comprehensive framework used to manage and align an organization's business processes, Information Technology (IT) software and hardware, people, operations and projects with the organization's overall strategy. A strong Enterprise Architecture process helps to answer basic questions like: What are the organization's business processes, and how is IT supporting those processes?

The enterprise architect is responsible for ensuring that each and every one of a company's IT decisions are made with its impact on the entire organization kept firmly in mind. It is the architect who prevents an organization from investing in a technology that it will eventually have to replace. It is the architect's job to look for common business processes throughout an organization so that the services IT creates can be reused. This will certainly lead to streamlining and optimum utilization of resources.

There is growing demand for Enterprise Architecture and system development in cost effective markets. The roles of Enterprise Architect, Solution Architect are new career paths, which lead to top rewards and professional recognition.

What is Zachman Framework?
The Zachman framework is a great way to think about the relationships between systems, data, processes and business.

The Framework as it applies to Enterprises is simply a logical structure for classifying and organizing the descriptive representations of an Enterprise that are significant to the management of the Enterprise as well as to the development of the Enterprise's systems. It was derived from analogous structures that are found in the older disciplines of Architecture/Construction and Engineering/Manufacturing that classifies and organize the design artifacts created over the process of designing and producing complex physical products (e.g. buildings or airplanes).

It uses a grid model based around 6 basic questions (What, How, Where, Who, When, and Why) asked of 5 nominated stakeholder groups (Planner, Owner, Designer, Builder and Subcontractor) to give an holistic view of the enterprise which is being modeled.

What is Software Architecture?

Software architecture is a specialty, which is distinct from software engineering, programming, and project management. A Software Architect balances and resolves design forces from many perspectives, including system stakeholders and system developers. Software architects are responsible for a much wider and interesting range of issues (technical, intuitive, and human factors) than we typically associate with project management. Software architects create technical plans that coordinate the work of groups of programmers, resolving significant system-wide risks and project/technical inefficiencies. The Software Architect role is an important career path for lead programmers and other IT professionals, as an alternative to project management.

Source: "The Software Architect's Profession" by Marc T. Sewell and Laura M. Sewell

Why are more IT professionals getting attracted to this option?

For software professionals interested in the technical sphere, software & enterprise architect is a sound career option. Traditionally, as you climb higher in the corporate ladder, you loose touch with hardcore technical developments. EA allows a dual career ladder as you can become a senior level well-compensated professional, and enjoy working on the technical issues.

The position of IT architect has become increasingly important to the ever-changing IT industry, and is one that established corporations and start-ups are seeking. The job requires network professionals to acquire new skills. The job pays well, and opportunities are in fields ranging from finance to healthcare to retail.

 Idea behind the Conference

In high growth industry like Telecom, Airlines, Finance, Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing, Energy, etc. senior management is constantly looking for innovation and facing the daunting task of aligning the IT systems with business goals to ensure competitiveness without much success. Very often, IT managers find themselves in the middle of chaos wherein the enterprise spending more than $100 million per year to develop and maintain information technology systems which are not able to support changing business requirements. In fact, there is growing need to consolidate the multiple line of business (LOB), face the complexity of rationalizing 70 or 100 plus IT systems and task of mapping their relevance to the enterprise profitability.

"The framework has been applied in Global 2000 organizations* such as
Swisscom Mobile
Bank of America
Health  Canada
Allstate Insurance
Federal Express
Johnson & Johnson
NCR Corp
Glaxo SmithKline
General Motors
Canadian Imperial bank
of Commerce

note-* based on public domain information

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a comprehensive framework used to manage and align an organization's business processes, Information Technology (IT) software and hardware, people, operations and projects with the organization's overall strategy. A strong Enterprise Architecture process helps to answer basic questions like: What are the organization's business processes and how is IT supporting those processes?

The Zachman Framework has become de facto standard for Enterprise Architecture for aligning the business goals with Information Technology Investments world over. It's not surprising to note that why Fortune 2000 companies are using this framework as a blueprint for ensuring business improvements, cost reductions as high as $500 mn (and more) and increasing the opportunities to collaborate with partners across the multiple market segments and crossing the geographical boundaries.

With its growing consumer market, India is gearing to become a major base for the product development firms and new technology companies, This conference will provide an opportunity to the architects, program managers, CIOs and CTOs to share knowledge of innovative architecture which represents the next generation of organizational practice.

"In India, very small fractions (<1 %) of professionals are enterprise architects.

The objective of this one day Conference by John Zachman is to build an understanding of the concepts of Enterprise Architecture and develop a sense of urgency for implementing those concepts in a modern enterprise. It will greatly improve your chances for a successful implementation of enterprise information architecture. Make no mistake, such an implementation is a daunting task with opportunities to fail lurking in many places. As inventor of enterprise architecture, he has obviously encountered a good many implementation problems and gives some great advice on how to overcome them.

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