Enterprise Architecture Strategies: Chicago


Strategies to design and build and business driven IT Architecture


March 7, 2018




7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O’Hare) Illinois



Every decade we see massive changes in the IT industry. In the 80s we saw desktop computing flourish, and progressed to a client server model in the 90s. Mobile computing grew quickly in 2000 and beyond. 2017 presents a variety of technologies that may deliver IT efficiencies on a grand scale. Technologies and trends such as AI and Advanced Machine Learning, Intelligent Apps, Intelligent Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Digital Twin, Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers, Conversational System, Mesh App and Service Architecture, Digital Technology Platforms, Adaptive Security Architecture., and others may be game changers. How will you capitalize on these technologies, but more importantly how will your Enterprise Architecture embrace the digital world to support all the changes?


What You Will Learn


In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • Leading Digital Business: How CTOs & EA Will Enable Digital Business Transformation
  • Effective EA Leadership Through Innovation and Business Strategy
  • Getting Real with Tech Trends for Smart Business Decision Making
  • Roadmaps in Enterprise Architecture: Current vs. Future State Architectures
  • AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain & IoT- Where Do They Fit into Your EA Program?
  • How to Derive and Implement Metrics to Achieve EA Governance Objectives
  • Business Outcome Driven EA and Alignment: Lessons Learned from the Field (Panel Discussion)

Conference Program

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am:  Effective EA Leadership Through Innovation and Business Strategy


Patrick Emmons, CEO DragonSpears


How can EA strengthen leadership technically within IT and credibility with the business? Where should EA start if it wants to conquer both?


In this session attendees will learn:

  • How to take ownership of the major trends and challenges affecting the enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders
  • How to deliver the highest value leveraging EA to drive innovation
  • Where to invest in leadership skills and competencies needed to capitalize in the digital age



10:00am – 10:30am: Refreshment Break

10:30am – 11:30am: Enterprise Information Management is key to EA Business & Strategy Alignment


Michael Baraz, VP, Head of Information Architecture, Gallagher Bassett Services


In this session, you will learn about talk about how to live up to the widely used, seldom seen term, “information as a strategic asset.” Yes, you can do this in an Agile way and on the cheap. The new generation of tools while applying Agile principles and practices can make you a data hero.

We’ll dance across the top of the big rocks:


  • EIM Program (the truth may hurt)
  • Strategic Priorities
  • What is an Enterprise Information Management tool?
  • What do I get from an EIM tool?
  • Benefits (vs. cost of ignorance)
  • Data governance or data enablement
  • Data classification, privacy, regulatory compliance
  • Citizen data, collaboration
  • EIM Architecture
  • Is it possible to do Agile EIM?



11:30am – 12:30pm: Getting Real with Tech Trends for Smart Business Decision Making


John Little, EVP Cloud and Enterprise Solutions, Venture Technologies


In this session, you will learn about major IT trends, such as Enterprise Internet of Things, Fog Computing, In-Memory Computing, Emerging Communication Standards and Technologies, that are on the immediate and long term horizon and how they can be broken down, explained and applied to real, actionable business solutions that bring business and IT together to make competitive decisions. The session will explain what challenges and benefits these trends bring to an organization and how to address them intelligently to move your business forward and stay competitive.



12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon

1:30pm – 2:30pm: How Software Intelligence is Changing Enterprise Architecture (for the better!)

Chris White, VP, Product Marketing, CAST Software


Enterprise Architecture strives to enable organizations to better understand and manage their IT portfolios, collaborate with the business units they serve, and drive innovation and transformation.  In many cases, EA succeeds in initiating research projects and spawning or supporting strategic initiatives.  However, with staggering frequency, strategic projects fail in execution, often times because the invisible reality of software complexity, poor software health, technical debt, and security risks, among others, derail the actual software development and delivery phase of projects.  “Software Intelligence” – particularly when integrated with Enterprise Architecture, offers organizations a legitimate chance of turning the tide on failed initiatives.  Software Intelligence is insight into the health, structure, potentially devastating system-level flaws, size and complexity of complex software systems, derived from the very thing that makes up software systems – source code.  Join us for a discussion on the innovative concept of Software Intelligence, and how it is changing Enterprise Architecture for the better.



2:30pm – 3:00pm; Refreshment Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm: How to Build a Software Defined Network in the Enterprise Architecture


Kevin Russell, Sr. Systems Engineer, Silver Peak 


After you have designed and/or refined your EA governance framework, it is best to design easy-to-use metrics to help maximize the effectiveness of the governance process.


Implementing EA metrics can help simplify and validate architecture decisions and can then be used to articulate the value of the architecture to the business.


In this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to identify metrics that can be used by both the business and IT
  • How to assess and evaluate IT assets and their value
  • How to measure alignment with business objectives
  • How to measure risks inherent in planning for legacy modernization business transformation, or application rationalization initiatives
  • A series of steps for leveraging EA metrics


4:00pm-5:00pm: Business Outcome Driven EA and Alignment: Lessons Learned from the Field (Panel Discussion)


General Grant, Executive Consultant, US Signal
Shaye Robeson, Director of Enterprise Architecture , U.S. Cellular
Deanna Shannon, Director of IT Strategy & Planning, Panduit
Suresh Mothikuru, Architecture Leader, Customer & Dealer Services, Caterpillar
Annur Sumar, Chief Technical Officer, MaeTech,  Microsoft MVP, Former Vice President of IT D&P
and other enterprise IT EA leaders


Old EA architectures focused on the needs of enterprise architects. To move the business forward, IT organizations must focus on creating a business outcome driven EA.


In this session, experienced EAs will shared their experiences adopting a business driven Enterprise Architecture.


Robeson   Mothikuru   Grant     Sumar

Conference Price: $289.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.



As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.