The Open Group Conference London 2011
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World Class EA

Mick Adams
UK Leader, Global Architecture, Capgemini

Chris Forde
VP Enterprise Architecture & Membership Capabilities, The Open Group

Mick and Chris will take the audience through a participatory session covering industry trends and challenges that architecture capabilities are focussing on throughout the world. Using the Open Group's “World Class EA” as a reference point, the speakers will demonstrate connectedness across industry segments and summarise the key challenges for IT organisations; they will then outline how architecture teams should be organised in order to unlock value.

Mick and Chris invite you to join this discussion within the session; please be prepared to make your own comment or question to drive the industry forward.

Mick AdamsMick Adams is the UK leader of the Capgemini global architecture community. He works predominantly in the strategy space helping clients align their business objectives with the appropriate IT response.

He is a lead facilitator at the Capgemini university and course director for the ‘Boardroom EA’ and TOGAF 9 courses. He is an ex-Vice Chair of the architecture forum and chair of the value realisation work group.

Mick has a broad range of consulting experience that varies from client advisory work to programme delivery work. He has worked throughout Europe, North America, South East Asia and ANZ. Mick has been working in a number of particularly interesting areas over the last few years, predominantly in financial services, oil, and central government.

Mick holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Parallel Computing. He was also given an ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award by the Open Group in recognition for his contribution to the TOGAF 9.

Chris FordeBased in Shanghai, Chris Forde is responsible for advancing the work of The Open Group’s Architecture Forum on a global basis and driving the organization to an even stronger position within the enterprise and IT architecture markets.

Chris is an enterprise architect and has held various leadership roles in business architecture, application development, information management and technology operations throughout his career.

Prior to joining The Open Group, Chris worked at American Express as Vice President for Strategy and Architecture for their Customer Servicing Capability. Chris has deep expertise in enterprise architecture and, as Chair of the Architecture Forum, he was instrumental in driving the successful development and launch of TOGAF® 9 from 2007-2009. 

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