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
  • DevOps Architecture in a Multi-Cloud Enterprise
  • 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: 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.




11:30am-12:30pm: 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.



12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon

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

Jean-Patrick Ascenci, Application Portfolio Analytics, Cloud Readiness & Software Risk Exposure, 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: DevOps Architecture in a Multi-Cloud Enterprise


Adam Hicks, Sr. Solutions Architect, Morpheus Data


“DevOps” is one of the greatest buzz-words of the last five years, but what even is it? Why is it important? Many Enterprise organizations face similar general challenges around architecting process workflows that are sustainable and offer tangible increases in throughput. In this talk I will cover:

  • What DevOps is and why we do it
  • DevOps myths and pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Architecting for the future as well as for speed
  • Why multi-cloud is so challenging and how to break down silos and simplify



4:00pm-5:00pm: Creating a Value Proposition for a Business-Outcome-Driven EA Program 


Aaron King, Manager, US Signal

Venu Yalavarthi, Global Head of Enterprise Architecture, Ingredion Incorporated
Ted Kieffer, Director Enterprise Architecture, Grainger
Dennis Payonk, VP Engineering, VillageMD
Annur Sumar, CTO, Maetech
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       King            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.