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President, Armstrong Process Group, Inc.
The latest Open Group member spotlight focuses on Chris Armstrong, President of Armstrong Process Group, Inc., who has been involved with The Open Group since 2005.
Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?
Q: What spawned your personal involvement in the organization?
We found out at the conference that The Open Group had started an initiative called the TOGAF™ ADM/MDA® Synergy Project, which was an effort to align the artifacts from the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) with standard specifications developed and adopted by the OMG (Object Management Group). The project, a collaborative effort between The Open Group, OMG and the Integration Consortium, needed someone from OMG, of which APG is a member, to help with the project. I wound up doing a lot of the project’s modeling work.
Shortly after seeing what The Open Group was all about at the conference, Armstrong Process Group joined the Architecture Forum.
Q: What key forums/initiatives are you personally involved with at The Open Group?
I am now involved in the development of TOGAF 9 and am a member of the Terminology and Modeling Work Group. My responsibility in that Work Group is to lead the modeling effort. One of the results of our work has been a complete model of TOGAF 8.1.1 using the Software and Systems Process Engineering Metamodel (SPEM), an OMG specification that APG significantly contributed to over the past several years.
Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?
Since becoming members of the Architecture Forum, APG has created TOGAF courseware that has been certified by The Open Group. We are one of three U.S.-based TOGAF training organizations. We are also certified by The Open Group to help organizations adopt and practice TOGAF.
APG created a product recently – the APG TOGAF Process Library (ATPL) - that is certified by The Open Group for TOGAF Tool Support. This makes APG the only organization in the world that holds all three Open Group certifications.
Q: What contributions to The Open Group are you most proud of?
Additionally, I’m pleased that APG has been involved in the IT Architect Certification (ITAC) program; in fact, one of APG’s consultants is on the ITAC board. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in the peer review of up-and-coming, practicing Enterprise Architects.
Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group?
Q: Any last thoughts?
About Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong is president of Armstrong Process Group, Inc. and an internationally recognized thought leader and expert in iterative software development, enterprise architecture, object-oriented analysis and design, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), use case driven requirements and process improvement.
Over the past twenty years, Chris has worked to bring modern software engineering best practices to practical application at many private companies and government organizations worldwide. Chris has spoken at over 30 conferences, including The Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference, Software Development Expo, Rational User Conference, OMG workshops and UML World. He has been published in such outlets as Cutter IT Journal, Enterprise Development and Rational Developer Network.
In 2005, Chris started Armstrong Process Group, Inc. and continues his focus on organizational development, process improvement training and consulting, and IT professional development and certification. He co-chairs the TOGAF/MDA process modeling effort at The Open Group.