Tuesday, August 24, 2010

September Meeting: Architecture *is* the Business

What would you do if you were CEO for a month? What if you suddenly had to answer directly to your customers, your stockholders, your board, your employees – what would you do first, then what would you do next? If you are an IT architect and several major business initiatives and various impact scenarios didn’t just run through your mind, then perhaps you should consider broadening your perspective. Forward-thinking companies hold architects accountable for business progress and impact well outside of the IT domain. Because the practice of architecture crosses organizational and functional boundaries, architects are uniquely positioned to drive investment strategy, identify revenue opportunities, and reduce cost/risk for the enterprise. In this session we’ll explore a model designed to help IT architects expand their role to optimally drive business and technology strategy, describe the steps architects need to take to jump-start business transformation, and provide lessons-learned along the way.

This presentation is a recording from the 2009 ITARC conference in New York City. The speaker, Angela Yochem, will be joining us via Skype to answer questions after the presentation.

ANGELA YOCHEM is an executive in a multinational technology company, a thought leader in architecture practices and large-scale technology management, and the author of “Event Driven Architecture – How SOA Enables the Real-Time Enterprise”. Angela has held senior leadership roles in Fortune 50 companies where she drove technology transformation based on business objectives. Prior to her executive roles, Angela specialized in design and delivery of large-scale distributed systems and solutions to complex integration and convergence challenges. She has extensive B2B and B2C commerce implementation experience, with a foundation in systems design and network design and management of multicampus networks. Angela is the author of J2EE and WebLogic Server, 2nd Edition and is an IASA Fellow and an US Patent holder. Angela serves on executive boards and is a regular speaker at events and forums in the United States and abroad.

The presentation will be on Tuesday, September 7th, at 6:00 p.m, at ICC, 2500 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 310, Columbus, OH 43231, on the third floor. The meetings are always free, and we usually give away books and other door prizes.

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