The Open Group Enterprise Architecture (EA) Practitioners Conference, held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg on 5 September 2013, was attended by more than 130 enterprise architecture practitioners (EA) as well as local and international EA experts.
The theme for this year’s conference, the sixth to be hosted by The Open Group South Africa, a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium, was “Positioning Enterprise Architecture to Deliver Business Value”, with attendees sharing their experiences and know-how in the EA environment.

“With King III and COBIT 5 making the CEO accountable for EA, its implementation as a strategic business capability and even as a source of competitive advantage is becoming increasingly important,” says Stuart Macgregor, CEO of The Open Group South Africa.

“The conference gave the EA community the opportunity to explore how companies have positioned EA and the experiences that EA practitioners have had while implementing it within their organisations.”

Macgregor says the highlight of the conference was the quality of the presentations in general, which were of a particularly high standard, and both entertaining and informative.

“Overall, the presentations were edifying, relevant and practical,” says Macgregor.

“The conference was a great success in that it gave the EA community the opportunity to interact and network with other practitioners and share experiences and demystify the concept of EA. This is the only event of its kind in the country, and we are excited to be at the centre of the drive to build a vibrant EA community and to generate ongoing enthusiasm for the discipline of EA.”