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When beginning a career as an enterprise architect, it is not easy to know which courses to choose. Existing enterprise architecture (EA) courses focus on a single aspect of EA and assume that delegates have some experience in the field. In a highly complex discipline like EA this is overwhelming and confusing.

South Africa’s fifth Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners’ Conference is scheduled for 15 to 16 March 2011. The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The conference theme is “Making EA a Business Discipline”. It centres on the need to closely align the practice of EA with the requirements of business decision-making at an executive level. The aim is to present material that will help prepare EA professionals to make significant contributions to the development of business strategy.

The Open Group’s EMMMv forum will be hosting a breakfast at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on 22 October 2010. The event is a celebration of the creation of the first exploration and mining business process reference model.

The breakfast is open to interested parties in the exploration and mining industries. To receive an invitation, e-mail

Enterprise Architecture Consultant and Trainer, Michelle Nieuwoudt, will be presenting at ITWeb’s  BPM Summit which is scheduled for 14-15 September 2010 at Vodaworld in Midrand. The conference theme for this year is "Preparing for Success in BPM".

Real IRM’s new four-day EA Bootcamp course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to individuals entering an architecture-related role and/or needing a basic understanding of enterprise architecture(EA) concepts. It covers key industry frameworks and standards like TOGAF, Zachman and ArchiMate. The course is aimed at equipping delegates with sufficient foundational knowledge so that they can participate in, and contribute to EA initiatives.

The first course is scheduled for Johannesburg from 4-8 October 2010.

Stuart Macgregor, CEO of Real IRM, participated in a roundtable podcast discussion on global trends in enterprise architecture (EA) at The Open Group’s Boston EA Practitioners’ Conference in July 2010. Other panellists included Allen Brown and Chris Forde from The Open Group; Eric Boulay from Arismore in France, and Mats Gejnevall from Capgemini in Sweden. Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions and ZDNet blogger moderated the discussion.

Real IRM presented our first ArchiMate course from 12-13 July to a full class. The delegates were excited to learn the new language and their feedback rated the course highly with particular emphasis on their enjoyment of the practical exercises and case study.

Real IRM has scheduled further ArchiMate 1.0 Foundation courses in August and October.

The speaker for the July 2010 EA Forum is Jan Mentz, Senior Lecturer at UNISA. He is currently completing his PhD on the definition of enterprise architecture and has some interesting insights to present on the topic. He will discuss some of the problems with defining EA, highlight the issues that stem from EA’s foundation in information systems and IT, and consider the usefulness of ISO/IEC 42010:2007 as a basis for defining EA.

The EA Forum seminars are scheduled for 27, 28 and 30 July in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Johan Schoeman, Enterprise Architecture (EA) Consultant at Real IRM, will be presenting at the Software AG Process Forum event on 12 August 2010 in Johannesburg. His presentation, “Stakeholder-driven Enterprise Architecture” will focus on the importance of following a stakeholder-driven EA approach. 

Real IRM will be presenting COBIT Foundation and Implementation courses from 7 to 10 July 2010, in Johannesburg. The trainer, Mike Shortt, is one of only three qualified and accredited ISACA COBIT trainers in South Africa.