What is Enterprise Architecture (EA) ?

Tuesday 31 March 2015, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free of charge to both BCS and non-BCS Members


“What is Enterprise Architecture?” Depending on who you ask the question and the context in which it is asked, you will find several different opinions emerging. Join this interesting debate to hear from various Enterprise Architecture Experts and Practitioners. Panel discussion and debate shall be chaired by Lorne Mitchell, chairman of BCS Enterprise Architecture Specialist Group (EASG).

Agenda - Note - Agenda and schedule may subject to change.

  • 6.00pm - 6.30 pm - Registration
  • 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm - What is Enterprise Architecture
  • 7.45pm - 8.30 pm - Networking and Drinks

Speakers :

Dalit Banger - Daljit Banger has a Master of Science Degree and is a Fellow of the BCS with 30 years Global IT Industry experience, having undertaken assignments in the USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Finland, Hong Kong to name but a few, on behalf of large multi-national companies. Daljit has held the post of CTO, Chief Architect and Head of Enterprise Architecture for numerous multimillion pound clients. Daljit’s primary focus is on architectural realisation i.e. delivering the value proposition of Enterprise Architecture and providing the EA community free software to promote the concepts.

During this short presentation, Daljit will provide an introductory generic overview of Enterprise Architecture together with some common processes, patterns and artefacts that the EA Practice should seek to deliver to its stakeholders. The presentation will remain vendor and framework neutral.

Jay Dear - Jay Dear was certified as a Practitioner in 2012 and will describe the BCS definition of an Enterprise Architect, and how this compares to other types of architects like Solution Architects and Software Architects.

The BCS solution development and architecture certification path includes certification in Enterprise and Solutions Architecture, jointly certified by BCS and ISEB at both Intermediate and Practitioner level. This includes a definition of what the different types of Architects are and what they do, which is defined in the Reference Model.

More info:

BCS / ISEB Certification for Solution Development and Architecture

BCS Enterprise and Solution Architecture Reference Model

Lancy Mendonca - 'What is EA' one of the most frequently asked and keenly debated topic on the Internet. Wikipedia state "Enterprise architecture (EA) is a well-defined practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a holistic approach at all times" almost saying it is nothing but Software analysis and development at an enterprise scale. On the other hand Jeanne Ross in her book EA as Strategy states that "EA is organizing logic for business process and IT capabilities to support business operating model" saying EA is predominantly about strategy and nothing to do with implementation. The truth I believe is somewhere in the middle (a Goldilock phenomenon).

Lancy Mendonca, a certified TOGAF architect will provide his experiences on what is EA, why do we need it and some of the reasons why EA fails. Lancy currently works for One Point Consulting a niche EA Consulting company and has executed several multi-millon business transformation projects leading Enterprise and Solution Architecture projects predominantly in the Telecoms domain for clients including Carphone warehouse , AOL, UK Broadband, Tesco Telecom, Truphone.


Presentation slides are available on our Enterprise Architecture Members' Secure Website.