International Conference to Focus on Enterprise Architecture, SOA and Cloud Computing as Business Enablers
HONG KONG, September 21, 2009 – The Open Group , a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises, today announced the program agenda and speakers for its Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference  to be held in Hong Kong, October 19-21, 2009, at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers. Co-produced with The Open Group China, the event will focus on how to use enterprise architecture, SOA and cloud computing to drive marked business value. Additional topics to be addressed include enterprise architectures for business transformation, TOGAF™ in practice, and secure architectures.
The plenary conference sessions on Monday will focus on how enterprise architects can use SOA to deliver unified business and technical architectures for their organizations. Xu Shao Chun (Robert Xu), chairman and chief architect, Kingdee, will present the keynote speech, “Enterprise Architecture Supporting the Chinese Management Model,” followed by presentations from Simon Chan, senior SOA architect, IBM Asia Pacific, and Dr. Chris Harding, director, SOA Work Group, The Open Group.
Tuesday’s sessions will explore the key business drivers for embracing TOGAF™ by looking at real-world applied case-studies as well as the added value TOGAF certification provides to architects. Speakers include Allen Brown, president and CEO, The Open Group, who will talk candidly about the experience of using TOGAF to architect The Open Group’s systems, followed by presentations by Geoff McClelland, vice president, technology, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Min Shen, CTO, Capgemini. Afternoon tracks will include a case study entitled “EA to Transform a Financial Services Business” delivered by Jason Uppal, chief architect, QRS, Canada and “EA Enabled Business Transformation – A Pragmatic Approach,” by Nethaji Chapala, IT architect consultant, Tata Consultancy Services, India.
Wednesday’s agenda will include presentations on secure architectures, cloud computing, and TOGAF 9 with presentations by Steve Whitlock, chief security strategist, Boeing; Gavenraj Sodhi, director, business development, Skyworth TTG; Jim Hietala, vice president of Security, The Open Group; and Vish Viswanathan, managing principal, CC&C Solutions, Australia.
“It is critical that enterprise architecture delivers on its potential as a key business enabler for international organizations,” said Allen Brown, CEO, The Open Group. “The future of true business architecture is dependent upon architects looking at the bigger picture and aligning their efforts with the work of other enterprise architects, IT leaders, and business stakeholders within their organizations and across the globe. Our Conference in Hong Kong will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to discuss the evolution of enterprise architecture in delivering real business value to organizations.”
For more information, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/hongkong2009/ .
Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities
Registration is open to both members and non-members of The Open Group. For more information, or to register for the conference in Hong Kong, please visit: ttp://www.opengroup.org/hongkong2009/register.htm . Registration is free for members of the press and industry analysts.
The Open Group also offers various sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org  for more information on sponsoring the gala dinner event or the networking reception, or exhibiting at the conference.
About The Open Group
The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow™ that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry’s premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org .
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