Architecting the Enterprise with Agility and Resilience – What is the future of Enterprise Architecture?

Wednesday Feb 19th 2020 Maynooth University
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Why Participate?

As agile software development, DevOps and microservices adoption becomes mainstream for organizations aiming for greater speed, there is a need to reposition Enterprise Architecture (EA) Management practices to support agility and transformation. In order to sustain competitive advantage, organisations need to utilise innovative digital technologies, artificial intelligence and analytics. At the same time the increasing economic, societal and environmental uncertainties demand both resilience and agility. Thus, to deliver new business and service models underpinned by digital technology, established architectures need to be redesigned and new architectural patterns established.

Clear planning, roadmaps and coordination demand an architectural approach that balance resilience and agility. Organisations will reposition Enterprise Architecture as one of the key drivers for digital transformation. This is particularly true when working across multiple sites that require shared knowledge. These problems can be ameliorated by the careful design of correct software and interoperability architectures and their associated task dependencies. Such modern architectures ultimately must fulfil the functional requirements to produce a quality product, and tackling organizational constraints is of prime importance to lead to successful outcomes.

Forming a focused research initiative

With this workshop we look towards 2025 on the intersection between EA and digital transformation. We will discuss, shape and redefine the practice of EA within enterprises and discuss modern software architectural patterns to support digital transformation. We will analyse and discuss possible scenarios, options and challenges in order to shape a vision of how enterprise architectures should be created in the future. It will bring together a small group of experts and leaders that will first contemplate the problems and constraints to creating such modern enterprise and software architectures followed by the elaboration of strategies and action tasks that will foment improvements in the effectiveness of enterprise architectural practices. Driven by the challenges of continuous disruption and realignment, we aim to develop a roadmap to position EA between agility and resilience within an enterprise. Topics for discussion include:

  • What will be the role of Enterprise Architecture in 2025?
  • How will this impact the work and role of enterprise architects?
  • How to build better Digital Transformation roadmaps?
  • What are novel patterns for Software Architectures and Interoperability?
  • What Is the Future of Enterprise Architecture and Software Architecture?

Who should attend?

This is an invitation-only event for senior enterprise architects


The Facilitators

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Your Hosts

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) is a multidisciplinary research and education institute co-founded in 2006 by Maynooth University and Intel Corporation with the support of the Irish Government.

IVI’s mission is to research, develop and disseminate empirically proven and industry validated IT best practice through a unique open innovation and collaboration between leading academic and industry practitioners.

Maynooth University Department of Computer Science provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Multimedia and Mobile Systems along with an extensive research programme leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in many exciting areas.

Computers have become a part of everybody’s daily life, and in the Department of Computer Science we teach how computer systems work, with a particular focus on software, and we research into how computer systems will develop into the future. Our courses cover a wide spectrum of topics from software to computer hardware, from internal details of operating systems to computer applications, and from software engineering practice to computational theory. Our approach is to instill a thorough understanding of fundamental principles, while developing analytical abilities and practical skills.

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09:30 – 10:00 Registration & Tea/Coffee
10:00 – 10:30 Agenda and Introductions
10:30 – 11:20 Focused Learning – Setting the scene
Briefing on the changing role of Enterprise Architecture for 2025
(Markus Helfert, IVI and Hao Wu, Computer Science)
11:20 – 12:10 Discovery Activity – Mapping the Contextual Landscape:
Explore benefits of Enterprise Architecture in Organsiations
Identify challenges
Prioritising the challenges for Enterprise Architecture Practices towards 2025
12:10 – 13:00 Discovery Activity – Exploring Opportunities (Michael Healy, IVI)
Using Root Cause Analysis identify:
1. Organisational challenges
2. Dominant challenges and potential solutions
3. Exploring opportunities
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 14:30 Discovery Activity – Future of Enterprise Architecture and Software Architecture
Categorise various stakeholders
Characterise how various stakeholders define success
Identify and prioritise required features
14:30 – 15:15 Design Activity – Innovation to achieve 2025 objectives
Skills and Transofrmaiton Path for EA 2025
How to build better Digital Transformation roadmaps?
What are novel patterns for Software Architectures and Interoperability?
15:15 – 15:30 Tea/Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00 Activity – Journey to Enterprise Architecture Practices for 2025
Action Plan for innovation creation
Identify metrics to validate progress
16:00 – 16:15 Follow Up – IVI Research Engagement & Support Opportunities
Reflect on today’s learnings / Key takeaways
Next Steps
16:15 – 16:20 Wrap and Close

The location:

Wednesday Feb 19th 2020
Maynooth University
Innovation Value Institute, 2nd Floor,
Eolas Building,
North Campus,
Maynooth University

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