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Open Group’s Brown keynotes Enterprise Architecture Conference


Allen Brown, CEO of The Open Group, heads up a strong lineup of speakers at the third Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference to be held from 4-6 June at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.

The conference, jointly hosted by local enterprise architecture specialist Real IRM and The Open Group, which it represents in South Africa, will focus on the practitioners who are tasked with making enterprise architecture work.
The Open Group is a non-profit, vendor-independent organisation which helps set technology standards and ensures that they are made practicable. South Africa is a leading territory for The Open Group, largely due to the efforts of Real IRM.
"As more organisations embrace enterprise architecture, we are no longer having to justify its merits in terms of enduring competitive advantage," says Stuart Macgregor, CEO of Real IRM. "Rather, we are now focusing on how to implement it so as to gain maximum value for our organisations.
"During this conference, we will address the questions that all organisations face when adopting the discipline of enterprise architecture."
Other confirmed speakers include:
* Chris Forde, from American Express in the US.
* Gerhard Botha, from Sasol in South Africa.
* Jonathon Chard, from Telelogic in the UK.
* Antonie van Rensburg, from University of Pretoria.
* Suvanjay Sharma, from Yes Bank in India.
* Paul Furber, from ITWeb, who will present on his findings from a recent enterprise architecture roundtable held on behalf of the Brainstorm publication.
"Our previous two conferences, held in Cape Town, were hugely successful," says Macgregor. "They helped rally practitioners around key issues, to bring enterprise architecture into the foreground, and to raise the market's awareness of both the discipline and the importance of TOGAF, The Open Group's Architecture Framework.
"As the market grows in maturity, it is time for a different focus on enterprise architecture. It is time to focus on how to ease the creation of a sustainable, business-appropriate enterprise architecture capability."
Last year's conference drew a wide diversity of speakers from both customer and vendor communities, spanning multiple industries, addressing a wide variety of domains, from many countries. It also  attracted delegates from more than 70 companies, and more than 200 delegates from around the world are expected to attend this year's conference.
To register for the conference, visit or www.opengroup.organ/johannesburg2008.