The Open Group Conference - San Diego 2011

A Reference Catalog for Practicing Architects

Jean-Claude Franchitti
Chief Architect, Cognizant Technology Solutions, USA

Purna Roy
Principal Architect, Cognizant Technology Solutions, USA

The process of defining a target architecture based on a business vision and known requirements often relies on the personal knowledge and experience of the architect. As a result, both the process and its outcome become dependent on the architect. This presentation is about a Reference Catalog that offers resources to make the process of defining a target architecture more systematic, and the outcome more uniform. The vision proposed for the Reference Catalog is that of an extensible database of candidate catalog entries that can be selected and further clustered together by practicing architects as they piece together a target candidate architecture. The intended audience includes Enterprise/Solution Architects, IT Managers and Senior Executives. The intended takeaways are:

  1. Target Architecture Definition – A systematic approach
  2. A data model for Architectures, Building Blocks, Views and Artifacts
  3. Benefits of cataloging Usage Metrics on Architectural Building Blocks, Patterns, and Complete Architectures


Jean-Claude FranchittiJean-Claude Franchitti

CognizantDr. Jean-Claude Franchitti has 28 years of experience in the Information Technology Industry, including fourteen years of experience working for leading IT consulting firms. Dr. Franchitti is an experienced Enterprise/Solution Architect and Senior Manager with a track record of technical leadership on large programs. Dr. Franchitti held senior management, consulting, and technical leadership roles in many large IT strategy, modernization, and implementation projects for fortune 500 corporations. Dr Franchitti was involved in planning and developing all facets of architecture solutions in a myriad of industries and was exposed to various types of complex business transformation involving EA, SOA, and Cloud Computing. Dr Franchitti teaches as a Professor of Computer Science at New York University and is the author and co-author of several books and publications. Dr. Franchitti holds PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science and a MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Purna RoyPurna Roy

CognizantPurna is a proven consultant and professional of over 20 years of experience across various domains including financial services,retail, pharmaceutical, automotive, publishing, engineering, and the chip industry.  

Purna has worked in both large corporate and start-up environments.  He specializes in enterprise and solution architecture strategy, and governance and assurance of delivery in architectural transformation.


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