What is Enterprise Architecture?

Tuesday 16 June 2015, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Room D0.26, Ground Floor, Horton Building, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP. Free parking is available at the University for visitors from after 5pm.

Free of charge to both BCS and Non-members

Please Note: If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, please email us as wybranchbcs@googlemail.com before the closing date for booking on 13 June 2015.


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. Our speaker will cover the trends and status in enterprise architecture, give a brief consideration to the underling theories and frameworks, spend longer on whether these actually work in practice, and will look at some real examples of Enterprise Architecture in terms of contribution to improving business outcomes. 

This last topic, in particular, of business outcomes, leads to the consideration of the importance of e.g. Portfolio Management, Cyber-Security, Systems Engineering and Business Change Management roles, and the question of whether ‘Enterprise Architect’ is, or should be, a distinct role in its own right amongst all those other roles that are involved in managing the impact of change across an enterprise.

Agenda Note - Agenda and schedule may subject to change.

  • 6.00pm - 6.30pm - Networking, Drinks and Food
  • 6.30pm to 7:15pm - What is Enterprise Architecture? (Speaker Talk)
  • 7:15pm to 7.30pm  -  Q&A
  • 7:30pm - Close

About Speaker (Simon Smith)

Simon has around twenty-five years’ experience in the IT industry in academic and industrial research and consultancy, currently as Chief Technology Officer for MooD International where he advises customers and partners on the application of MooD’s technologies to their methods, and is responsible for R&D and MooD’s strategic product roadmap.

He joined Salamander, an architecture consultancy, in 1998, as a consultant with responsibility for industry methods for business performance improvement across commercial, defence and aerospace sectors. He has a strong background in systems methods research and development, software and solutions development.  He combines consultative engagement ways of working with in-depth experience in architecture and systems engineering gained in commercial systems integrators, major banks and energy companies, as well as MOD organisations and suppliers in the defence and national security sectors.

Prior to joining Salamander, Simon was a Lecturer in Software Engineering at the University of Durham, where he managed research in evolutionary software architectures, business requirements and knowledge management funded by EPSRC, BT, ICI and BAE. Further back, Simon worked for four years with Logica (now CGI) at the University of York on a business to IT specification methodology, ORCA, used principally for determining business system requirements, and worked in the High Integrity Systems Engineering research group at York on the use of formal logics in requirements engineering.

Simon holds a DPhil in Software Engineering and an MSc in Information Processing from the University of York, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow.  He is a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.


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