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Business Architecture: How to Get Started


Gail Wright
Senior Director, Business Architecture Program, Oracle

Peter Haviland
Head of Architecture (Americas), Technology Advisory, Ernst & Young LLC

Many organizations are now (re)focusing their architecture efforts on the business domain - this session looks at three key areas business leaders should consider to ensure that any business architecture initiative is set up to deliver sustainable value.

  1. the types of problems that organization leaders are expecting business architecture to solve
  2. different governance models and organizational constructs to embed business architecture into day-to-day operations.
  3. some characteristics of leading practice business architecture and discusses the capabilities required to set the initiative up for success.

The session that follows will focus on the individual skills necessary for business architects to be successful.

Gail WrightGail Wright is a senior director at Oracle Corporation where she runs the Oracle Business Architect Program for North America Sales and Consulting (NASC).

Gail manages the enablement, certification, and development of a business architecture discipline used by Oracle to help businesses achieve their strategies, transform their businesses, gain competitive advantage, and operate efficiently.

Gail has worked at Oracle for over 20 years and has experience architecting business-IT solutions for customers, managing business-IT programs, developing products, selling, consulting, and marketing solutions, and building new competencies within companies.

Prior to her current role, Gail managed the Oracle Enterprise Architect Program for NASC. She is TOGAF 8 certified and a certified Federal Enterprise Architect from the FEAC Institute. She is also a member of The Open Group Business Forum.



Peter Haviland is chief architect within Ernst & Young's global architecture practice. He has worked around the world in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe, working with clients to articulate how business can better exploit technology, and set up architecture functions for success.

Peter is a regular contributor to various industry knowledge forums and has recently published articles on such topics as value-centric architecture, risk mitigation via cultural governance, and improving business/IT alignment through enterprise architecture.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in Industrial and Aeronautical Aerodynamics in addition to a number of Open Group architecture-related qualifications including Level 3 ITAC and TOGAF® 9. 

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