Quarterly Newsletter Q1 2013

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FEAPO Member Organization’s Summit on the Enterprise Architecture Profession

The FEAPO Member Organization’s Summit on the Enterprise Architecture Profession will be held on May 2 and 3, 2013 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA.   This Summit is the first major step in showing the world that the entire FEAPO member organizations can come together and agree on issues needed to evolve the EA profession.

The Summit is open to the delegates from each of the nineteen member organizations, both US based and international organizations.

The key focus of the Summit will be a discussion on two papers recently drafted by FEAPO working groups – the EA Perspective Paper and the EA Career path document.  Both of these papers have been circulated to the FEAPO member organizations for review, comment, revision, and compilation into a draft for presentation at the conference.  More detail on each of these papers in included in this newsletter below.

The intended outcome of the summit is to have all FEAPO member organizations feel comfortable enough with the draft paper to vote to approve it as a first step in a continuing process of evolving and refining versions in the years to come.

 

 

Membership Update


FEAPO continues to attract international interest with the approval of the Netherlands Architecture Forum (NAF) as its newest member in October 2012. The Netherlands Architecture Forum is the third international organization that has membership in FEAPO, joining the Australian Computer Society and the Institute of Information Technology Professionals New Zealand who are already members.

The NAF is an organization of companies and knowledge institutes, such as universities, that aim to foster the use of architecture and to improve the level of the architecture profession in business and information technology (IT). The NAF is vendor-neutral and a supporter of open standards and an open exchange of knowledge. Its main activities include holding working groups on architecture-related issues, organizing seminars and the Dutch national congress on architecture.

The FEAPO membership increases to 18 organizations with the addition of the NAF.

 

Working Group Update


EA Perspectives White Paper

The focus of this paper is to provide a unified perspective of Enterprise Architecture to a wide ranging audience, not just to the architects themselves, but also to the people who interact with the architects, and others who want to learn about Enterprise Architecture.  After producing a vision for the paper, a small working team created an online survey, and requested participation from each of the FEAPO member organizations.   The goal of the survey was to capture each organizations perspective in a number of areas of Enterprise Architecture and compare the similarities and differences.

The results of the survey were compiled, synthesized, discussed and distilled into a first draft of this paper.  So much data was gathered from this survey that it was decided to develop a series of papers on the Enterprise Architecture profession that will progressively dive deeper into different aspect of this evolving field. This paper is the first of this planned series.

The paper was organized around the major themes or question areas that the survey attempted to understand.   The three major themes or sections of the paper are:

  • What is Enterprise Architecture?
  • What differentiates the Enterprise Architecture practice from other functions and practices in an organization?
  • What value does Enterprise Architecture bring to an organization?

EA Career Path Document

In the Spring of 2012, at the urging of many of its members, agreed to undertake a multi-year effort to:

  1. Conduct an analysis of the current state of the structure of the Enterprise Architecture practice and the structure of career paths related to the traditional EA practice areas.
  2. Based on the results of the current state analysis, develop competency sets and role descriptions for the identified career path structures.
  3. Develop possible future career path structures needed as the profession evolves.
  4. Submit the artifacts and documents from this initiative to the FEAPO Council of Delegates for approval.

This document will focus on the results of the first step in this process (item 1 above) and discusses the findings from a meta-analysis of the EA career path documents from ten organizations and well as two analyst studies on EA career paths

 

Check out the latest videos


Brian Cameron interview with Forrester

Brian Cameron, president of FEAPO, recently conducted and interview with Tim DeGennaro of Forrester Research.   This interview provided additional good exposure for FEAPO and its efforts for the profession.   The interview is located here.

 

Research & Thought Leadership


Working Group Paper to be published by IEEE

The Roadmap working group of FEAPO recently finished authoring a white paper detailing a plan for building the Enterprise Architecture profession.  This manuscript has been officially accepted for publication in a future issue of the IEEE IT Professional magazine.  The article describes how FEAPO is using the roadmap to take the lead in advancing EA as a profession.

The white paper is located on the FEAPO website here

 

EA Education & Knowledge Sharing


 

Operations & Infrastructure Updates


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Quarterly Newsletter Q4 2012

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Monthly Recap                                       


2012 Fall Conference

The FEAPO Fall Conference was held with FEAPO delegates on November 2 and 3, 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.   This session allowed delegates to meet in person and discuss topics pertinent to the FEAPO members.

Reports from the Ethics, Taxonomy, Roadmap, and Governance working groups were delivered as well as an update on the Communications area.  Nick Malik provided an overview of the recently finished EA Perspectives white paper which is now out for comments to the larger FEAPO audience.

On the second day, a team from MITRE discussed the effort to update and revitalize the EA Body of Knowledge.   Plans were made to continue discussions on this topic at another special session in the first quarter of 2013.

 

Membership Update


FEAPO continues to attract international interest with the approval of the Netherlands Architecture Forum (NAF) as its newest member in October 2012. The Netherlands Architecture Forum is the third international organization that has membership in FEAPO, joining the Australian Computer Society and the Institute of Information Technology Professionals New Zealand who are already members.

The NAF is an organization of companies and knowledge institutes, such as universities, that aim to foster the use of architecture and to improve the level of the architecture profession in business and information technology (IT). The NAF is vendor-neutral and a supporter of open standards and an open exchange of knowledge. Its main activities include holding working groups on architecture-related issues, organizing seminars and the Dutch national congress on architecture.

The FEAPO membership increases to 18 organizations with the addition of the NAF.

 

Working Group Update


EA Perspectives White Paper

A new white paper, authored by a core team of delegates, has been made available for review and comment by member organizations.

This paper provides an introduction and value proposition of Enterprise Architecture as a Strategic Planning function that can be utilized by a diverse set of organizations from commercial, governmental, and non-profits alike. The paper describes the type of activities an Enterprise Architect typically performs, the skills needed to perform them, and the artifacts or outputs that they produce along the way.

This is one of many deliverables that are planned by FEAPO as joint efforts by member organizations to advance the Enterprise Architecture profession.

 

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Research & Thought Leadership


publishing approval.  Although there are numerous web references for the content, the editors are requiring coverage in sources that are such as newspapers,   magazines or books.

The article includes the following sections:

  • The Need for Enterprise Architecture
  • Purpose of FEAPO
  • History
  • Member Organizations
  • Leadership

The draft is located here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Wlammert/Federation_of_Enterprise_Architecture_Professional_Organizations) and as soon as the page is published, there will be a notice on the FEAPO website under the “News” section.

 

EA Education & Knowledge Sharing


 

Operations & Infrastructure Updates


The new FEAPO website (www.feapo.org) is now operational.  This site will be the key point of communication for all member organizations and will be kept up to date with news and events and pertinent FEAPO information.  There is also a member’s only section that includes a directory of delegates, a calendar of upcoming FEAPO events, a newsletter archive, and workgroup and event repositories.  The primary and alternate delegate from your organization should request access to the member’s only section using the request form on this web site.

The member’s only section of the website links to the workgroup repositories on a Google Site and you will need to provide Andy Chen (chenatl@rogers.com) the Google email address of your delegates for access authorization to the workgroup repositories.  The workgroup repositories provide information, activities and work output for our key working group and initiatives.

 

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