Applying TOGAF® in Defining an Enterprise-wide Transformational Journey

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Paul van der Merwe, Enterprise Architect, Nedbank

One of Nedbank's five strategic focus areas is Optimise to Invest. As part of this focus area significant information technology (IT) innovations are planned to enhance the bank’s systems and deliver business benefits through managed evolution. The “rationalise, standardise and simplify” IT strategy forms part of this plan as the bank moves from 220 to 60 core systems and embarks on initiatives such as a SAP ERP system replacement in Finance, Human Resources and Procurement.

The Enterprise Architecture (EA) team played an instrumental role in defining this transformational journey for the bank through their adoption of TOGAF as the EA method. This journey was defined by applying a capability-based approach to understanding the business requirements and priorities, a layered model for organising technology solutions and a managed evolution rollout strategy. Portfolio management and pragmatic EA governance were critical success factors to ensure the realisation of the transformational objectives.

Paul van der Merwe, Enterprise Architect, Nedbank

Paul is a dynamic and insightful enterprise architect. A conceptual thinker, he has driven a number of advances in the fields in which he specialises including; software development, data management, risk management, IT governance and enterprise architecture (EA). He has established repository-based EA practices within several organisations and thereby enabled business and technology capabilities.

Paul has specialised in EA for the past twelve years. He is a certified TOGAF practitioner and presented the first TOGAF certification course in South Africa. He frequently presents on EA, and has trained in this discipline on three continents. Paul was the Chair of the The Open Group Architecture Forum in 2009, the body that develops and owns TOGAF. He was one of the contributing authors to TOGAF 9.

Paul joined Nedbank in 2013 as Enterprise Architect where he is instrumental in maturing the EA practice to a level that exceeds the industry benchmark.



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