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Unicom Seminars

20 Nov
Copthorne Tara Kensington, London

Balbir Barn, Professor of Software Engineering, School of Science and Technology - Middlesex University

Professor Balbir S. Barn, BSc, PhD is Professor of Software Engineering at Middlesex University, UK.  Balbir has over 15 years commercial research experience working in research labs for Texas Instruments and Sterling Software where he was involved in the research and design of leading software products such as the IEF™.  Currently, his research interests include the use of models as abstractions and execution/simulation environments for enterprise architecture.  He is also investigating research questions on the incorporation of value sensitive issues in Enterprise Architecture through theory building practices. He has led numerous externally funded projects applying modeling practice to these areas.

Oliver Bossert, Senior Knowledge Expert - McKinsey & Company

Oliver Bossert is a Senior Knowledge Expert within the Business Technology Office of McKinsey and Company based in Frankfurt. He primarily serves clients in the field of Enterprise Architecture, digital transformations, IT strategy and IT governance.

Most of his projects are at the intersection between business and technology and how to align the IT perspective with the boardroom perspective. He holds a doctors degree from the University of Frankfurt.

Mike Clark, Business Designer & Architect - Royal Mail

Mike Clark is a business technologist with sixteen years experience navigating the gap between business and IT. His background in business architecture, combined with his ability to bring simplicity, enables him to position organisations to win in today's competitive digital world.

John Estdale, Chief Architect - IT Architecture Specialists

John Estdale is Chief Architect at IT Architecture Specialists Ltd. He is particularly interested in software as a real object that can be observed and analysed, yet still surprise. John was with Vodafone UK for 16 years in architecture, test management, and quality improvement roles. Previously he was responsible for software engineering at Lloyd’s Register, providing independent assurance of safety-critical systems. He was Chief Architect of the EU-funded €11 million project REDO, researching into reverse engineering and software maintenance.

John is TOGAF 9 Certified and holds the ISEB Certificate in IT Architecture and IRCA registration for auditing to ISO 9001/TickIT.

Jorma Myyryläinen, Senior Enterprise Architect - Tietokarhu Ltd (part of Tieto group)

Myyryläinen works as Senior Enterprise Architect at Tieto Group.  He has 35 years of experience in different roles in ITC and architectures.  Customers have mainly been public sector organizations. Last eight years he has consulted the Finnish Tax Authority (FTA) as ICT and EA architect.

Myyryläinen was one of team members when FTA produced their organization wide enterprise architecture during 2010 – 11.  After that he has consulted FTA in several EA fields. 

Myyryläinen has excellent knowledge on several architecture methods and frameworks, e.g. Zachman, TOGAF and finnish public sector standards (JulkICT).  He also contributes to develop JulkICT standards further.  He is both TOGAF and Zachman certified.

C.J. Ruggles, Senior Consultant - Glue Reply

C.J. Ruggles has over 10 years’ experience in information systems & architecture consulting across a variety of industries and is currently a senior consultant with Glue Reply, in the retail sector. His expertise is in business capability-led planning, enterprise applications / integration architecture, portfolio management and architecture capability development. He is focussed on practical application of architecture for business transformation, while also helping develop architecture methods, align frameworks & mentor architects.

Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge.  His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making.  He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick.  He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore.  His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management aware for the best practitioner paper in the same year.  He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge management. He is a editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an Editor in Chief of E:CO.  In 2006 he was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence and in 2007 was appointed to an NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research.

He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity; during that period he was selected by IBM as one of six on-demand thinkers for a world wide advertising campaign. Prior to that he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector. 

His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants.  He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/employee insight, narrative based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.

Richard Veryard, Senior Consultant - Glue Reply

Our regular chair, Richard Veryard, has recently joined Glue Reply as a senior consultant in the retail sector. Richard is a business architect and author, specializing in capability-led planning, systems thinking and organizational intelligence. His book on Next Practice Enterprise Architecture is available via LeanPub.



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