Enterprise Architecture Strategies: Chicago


Strategies to design and build and business driven IT Architecture.


July 11, 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:

  • Reinventing Enterprise Architecture in a Digital World
  • Roadmaps in Enterprise Architecture: Current vs. Future State Architectures
  • Business Driven Architecture: Leveraging the Cloud as Business Enabler
  • Digitally Transform Your Customer Engagement Channels: A Journey That Starts with Enterprise Architecture
  • How to Derive and Implement Metrics to Achieve EA Governance Objectives
  • Creating a Value Proposition for a Business-Outcome-Driven EA Program

Conference Program

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

9:00am-10:00am: Enterprise Architecture Enabling Digital Business Transformation


William Robinson, Managing Consultant, BiZZdesign


Enterprise Architecture (EA) is the technical framework of an enterprise but it also transcends technology and integrates with the business. Therefore, the discussion and implementation of EA needs to done in an integrated, holistic manner. An integrated EA (business and technical) can provide the necessary support for a business transformation that makes the business ready for the variety of business and technological challenges it will face. For example, technologies such Big Data, mobile and cloud computing are all highly disruptive technologies that require a fine balance between their business and technical aspects as the organization moves forward.


In this session, attendees will learn how to they need to reinvent and/or refine their EA to embrace a digital transformation.


Content that will be covered:

  • How to drive business agility
  • An agile approach to drive business agility
  • How to pull together Cloud, mobile, Agile development, and DevOps to drive rapid product development



10:00am -10:30am: Refreshment Break

10:30am-11:30am: Roadmaps in Enterprise Architecture: Current vs. Future State Architectures



Roadmaps are a fundamental part of strategic planning and enterprise architecture. It allows businesses to map out a set of actions that are required to move from where it is today, to where it wants to go; those actions turn into plans. Roadmapping enables organizations to tie strategy to deliverables using enterprise architecture, crucial for delivering on initiatives that have been prioritized.


11:30am-12:30pm: Business Driven Architecture: Leveraging the Cloud as Business Enabler


General Grant, Executive Consultant, US Signal


So you’ve got your cloud strategy more or less figured out. Now the question is how to get started? How to get your hands wrapped around the application portfolio and figure out which app is going to be the first one in the cloud? What should be the criteria? How do you approach the project? Where do you get started?


Many enterprise architects are faced with a tough job of figuring out how to make their cloud strategy real. In this session we will discuss how to ground the strategy of going to the cloud to a pragmatic scenario.



12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon

1:30pm-2:30pm: Digitally Transform Your Customer Engagement Channels: A Journey That Starts with Enterprise Architecture


Nimrod Bareket, Senior Enterprise Architect, U.S. Cellular


Digital transformation is not limited to enabling new technologies; it modifies the way we run our business, reshapes the traditional boundaries between business and IT and changes the way we interact with our customers.


Effective EA teams can play a key role in enabling organizations’ digital transformation by leveraging their holistic view of the ever-changing business needs, new products and revenue models, the technology evolution of each interaction channel, and the organizational realignment for speed, agility and operational efficiency. This technology-driven transformation is an ideal opportunity for EAs to increase their value to the organization and become an even more essential advisor to C-level decision makers.


In this session, you will learn how to design an architecture that enables an integrated and consistent customer experience while monetizing foundational IT investments across channels. We will discuss some of the most common challenges and tradeoff decisions you should consider when designing an Omnichannel-enabling architecture.



2:30pm – 3:00pm: Refreshment Break

3:00pm-4:00pm: How to Derive and Implement Metrics to Achieve EA Governance Objectives



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: Creating a Value Proposition for a Business-Outcome-Driven EA Program 


Venu Yalavarthi, Global Head of Enterprise Architecture, Ingredion Incorporated
Ted Kieffer, Director Enterprise Architecture, Grainger
Dennis Payonk, VP Engineering, VillageMD
and other executives from IT departments


Many enterprises are either starting, restarting, refocusing or rebuilding their EA program. But how do you insure that your EA program is business driven? How do you successfully develop and sell a value proposition to their organization?


In this session, attendees will learn from senior level enterprise architects:

  • Why it’s important to create a value proposition
  • What you should include in the value proposition
  • How should sell the value prop


Yalavarthi   Keiffer       Payonk

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.