The Open Group and its South African representative, Real IRM, have assembled a glittering lineup of speakers for the second Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ Conference, to be held in Cape Town from Sunday 11 March to Tuesday 13 March.

The conference, building on the success of last year's inaugural event, is expected to draw several hundred enterprise architects from South Africa and across the world.

Some of the speakers include:

* Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group, speaking on the emerging role of the enterprise architect;

* Steve Rasmussen, CTO, Anglo Platinum, reporting on progress made over the last year at the mining giant in its world-leading enterprise architecture initiative;

* Pawel Wuzyk, lead enterprise architect at Sasol, will put the case for the operating model set against the requirements of strategy;

* Ken Jarvis, CIO at AA Autobay, and Andre van der Post, a consulting architect, will speak on how they drove architecture projects at AA Autobay and, before that, SA Revenue Services;

* Dr Matthias Gruetzner of IBM Germany, on obtaining business value from service-oriented architecture (SOA);

* Chris Harding of The Open Group on the group's work in the SOA field; and

* Vince Kasten (reporting to the CEO) of Unisys in the US, on deriving business value from architecture.

A common theme through the conference is the delivery of business value through enterprise architecture, as this is the state of maturity in the discipline, says Carla Bell, conference organiser and marketing manager at Real IRM.

"Enterprise architecture is maturing steadily, and customers around the world are concerned with demonstrable business value," says Bell. "The two main days of the conference will ensure the many delegates derive the insights required to maximise business value from their enterprise architecture practices."

12 March will be plenary in its structure, while multiple streams will split 13 March: Enterprise Architecture and Business Value Realisation; Enterprise Architecture Best Practice Management and Governance; Tools; Case Studies; and Service-Oriented Architecture in the Global Enterprise.

Last year's conference, the first of its kind in South Africa, attracted more than 175 delegates, and highlighted the growing level of maturity of enterprise architecture in South Africa.

This year's theme, "Delivering Demonstrable Business Value from Enterprise Architecture", reflects the requirement of organisations all over the world to take enterprise architecture from a potentially academic exercise to one which delivers exceptional value to the business, says Stuart Macgregor, MD of Real IRM.

"Enduring, sustainable business value should be the core driver behind every enterprise architecture decision," says Macgregor. "It is therefore appropriate that it forms the central, linking theme to this year's conference.

"Reports we have received this year indicate that organisations around the world which have aligned their strategy with enterprise principles have gained precisely the competitive advantage they were seeking, and they have become the leaders in their fields. This conference will highlight this kind of breakthrough advantage, and how to build the internal capacity to deliver it."