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The Role of Modeling in Unlocking IT Value: Connecting the dots in an increasingly complex world
The Thorp Network
Over the decades, our investments in information technology (IT) have become increasingly significant and complex as the role of IT has evolved beyond automation through information to transformation, and we have moved beyond data management through information management to knowledge management. Value from these investments however remains elusive, and is increasingly questioned - primarily because we continue to focus on managing the technology and not the increasingly complex business changes that technology both shapes and enables. Paralleling this, conceptual modeling has evolved from modeling information technology and information systems, including entity-relationship modeling and database design, object-oriented modeling and software design, to modeling the business, including enterprise architecture, business process and work system modeling. The speaker will discuss how modeling may, or may not have contributed to value in the past, and how it might, or indeed must evolve to do so in the future.Short bio:
John Thorp is an internationally recognised leader in the field of value and benefits management. A management consultant with over 45 years' experience covering all aspects of the information management field, including technical, management and executive positions, a frequent speaker, and author of "The Information Paradox", John's focus is on realizing the benefits of information technology-enabled change. He has worked with organisations across the world, helping them to: identify the opportunities that IT provides for their organisational transformation; determine the opportunities with the greatest potential; and manage their investments in IT-enabled change to realize maximum value. Over the last ten years, John's work has extended to the broader issues of Enterprise Value Management, and Strategic Governance. John is a Certified Management Consultant, holds the Canadian Information Processing Society's I.S.P. and CITP professional designations, and is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) in the United States. John recently led the development of ISACA’s Val IT™ Enterprise Value Framework, and is also currently a member of ISO’s working group on Corporate Governance of IT.
Please download John's presentation slides in PDF here
Enterprise Modeling for Aligning Business and IT
IBM Global Business Services
As business and technology become more intertwined, development and deployment of IT systems that address the ever changing needs of the business today and in the future become extremely critical. While it is true that in most industries, Enterprise Architecture (EA) has found acceptance as a vehicle to align business and IT, historically the lack of strong and formal representation of the business aspects in EA rendered such a goal ineffective and led many business leaders to perceive EA as a pure IT play.
This presentation will focus on approaches and models developed in the industry with support from research to capture and model the Enterprise Capabilities and Business Architecture and relate them to IT. In particular we will discuss two approaches to represent an Enterprise capability namely The Strategic Capability Network (SCN) and Component Business Modeling (CBM) We will then introduce modeling techniques and conceptual models for two of the most popular programming paradigms namely Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Event Driven Architecture (EDA).
Finally we will highlight some open issues that Research can help solving Industry pressing needs in modeling the Enterprise.Short bio:
Dr. Ibrahim is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the CTO of Enterprise Architecture with the Emerging Technology and Architecture Center of Excellence of IBM Global Business Services. Dr. Ibrahim has over 35 years of experience in both industry and academia specializing in innovative uses of technology to solve clients' business problems. Prior to joining IBM in 1999 as the Chief Architect of the Wireless Practice he spent 14 years with EDS as an Enterprise Architect focusing on Advanced Research and Development of Object Oriented Technology and Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. Ibrahim has long been involved with the ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications where he served as a the General Chair for OOPSLA 2002 in Seattle as well as the Steering Committee Chair 2005-2008.
Dr. Ibrahim presented in national and international conferences and published in technical Journals on topic ranging from OO and AI to Wireless and Pervasive Computing. He is an Adjunct faculty at Central Michigan University, teaching graduate classes in the Software Administration and Resource Management Programs.
Dr. Ibrahim holds 2 Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, three Master degrees in Mathematics, Solid State Science, and Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
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Enterprise Modeling + Service-Oriented Architecture = Next Generation Systems in Higher Education
University of British Columbia
The time has come for colleges and universities to think differently about the systems they use to run their business, including functions that are close to the core of the academic enterprise. Current generation systems are costly to install and maintain, and rely on the institution to conform to the system’s design rather than expecting the system to meet the functional and process needs of the end users.
The creation of a compelling shared vision for next-generation systems, and what they can contribute to improving the student experience and university operations, led to the formation of the Kuali Student project. Now delivering its first of several planned software modules, Kuali Student uses a service-oriented architecture, abstract entity modeling, and community source governance to realize the potential of next-generation systems. With an emphasis on the business drivers and user experience perspective, this presentation will connect key elements of long-term vision, functional/process needs, modeling, and architecture around an active project that is relevant to the education sector world-wide.Short bio:
Ted is the Vice Provost, Information Technology, at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with responsibilities to transform core academic functions through the effective and innovative use of information technology. He has been committed to higher education IT for nearly three decades, having served as UBC’s CIO for a dozen years and previously holding senior management positions at the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph.
Ted is chair of the board of EDUCAUSE, an association of over 2,000 colleges and universities in 40 countries, dedicated to “uncommon thinking for the common good”. He founded the Kuali Student (KS) program in 2007, and serves on the boards of the Kuali Foundation and the Kuali Ready project (a business continuity planning service). He is a former board member and chair of both BCNET (regional advanced network organization), and CANARIE (Canada’s national advanced network organization).
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