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Integritas Solutions Inc. / Chair of the Architecture Forum
This Open Group member spotlight focuses on Dave Hornford, Architecture Practice Principal, Integritas Solutions Inc. and chair of the Architecture Forum.
Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?
Q: Why did you become a member and what does your involvement look like?
In my current role as chair of the Architecture Forum, I can make positive contributions to The Open Group from both an organization and a personal level.
Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?
The same holds true from a personal and professional growth standpoint. The fact that Open Group conferences and events allow individuals and organizations to sit down and have conversations with theoretical competitors is very valuable. Inside the firm it is my staff. At the conferences I’m interacting with people one wouldn’t normally collaborate with, let alone discuss common challenges and solve mutual problems.
In short the broad benefits of consensus best practice is available much more richly through participation than passive consumption of the standards, and whitepapers.
Q: What contributions to The Open Group are you most proud of?
Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group?
As an example, when we were developing the Practical Guide for TOGAF in 2008 and 2009, spending a weekend at a workshop on EA with a collection of the world’s leading enterprise architects was a fundamental experience for everyone involved that advanced everyone’s understanding of the practice.
For organizations that are “customer members” or consumers of the best practices and standards that The Open Group produces, I have to quote Chris Forde, a former Architecture Forum chair and executive at American Express, who stated that “the Architecture Forum’s Work Groups are the equivalent of a masters’ class in enterprise architecture.”
The Open Group delivers on its fundamental value proposition: it creates an equal-opportunity, open environment for organizations to work together. It provides a fundamental balance of lining up individuals with their peers. Some of it is validation, some of it is semi-formal benchmarking, another part is networking and collaboration and formal standards and benchmarking.
Q: What are your hobbies?
Q: What book are you currently reading?
Q: Any last thoughts?
About Dave Hornford
Dave has over twenty years continuous experience consulting in & about information technology. He is the Architecture Practice Principal for Integritas Solutions Inc., a specialist consulting firm with four practices; Enterprise Architecture, IT Service Management, Project Management, and Quality Assurance and Testing. Most engagements fall into four broad areas: 1) architecture practice development; 2) corporate roadmap development; 3) application architecture and 4) infrastructure architecture.
Dave’s Political Science education highlighted the world always have three lenses for viewing: the way it is, the way we want it to be and the way it is evolving. All of Dave’s work uses the three lenses. When we know where we are, where we are going we can apply the energy necessary to change our course to where we want to be. As a consultant Dave focuses on two key delivery responsibilities in every project – provision of expertise to accelerate the client’s change activity and the transfer of knowledge and skills to the client so they can sustain change activity.
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