Invited talks

Practice Master Class: Enterprise Architecture Capabilities – What is it and how to assess?

Kurt Sandkuhl, Dr., Prof.,  University of Rostock

Dipl.-Wirt. Inf. Matthias Wißotzki, M.Sc., University of Rostock

Enterprise Architecture Management is a powerful approach, but its value depends on an organization's capabilities to apply it to their context. This context might include different (kinds of) enterprise initiatives, e.g. business model or technology changes. Our master class mission is to provide a forum to discuss research results concerning topics like EAM capability management in general as well as evaluation techniques like quality assessment or target-state definition.

Furthermore, questions are discussed like:

  • how to identify EAM capabilities?
  • what kind of descriptive elements should EAM capability contain?
  • or what kind of procedures should a method provide to define and plan capabilities required  by an organization to achieve the goals of their business initiatives?

This master class addresses all people interested in: EAM, EAM Capability Management, EAM Maturity, case study,

We will discuss some of these questions using the EAM capability assessment developed  at the Rostock University using an example from Rostock University’s computing center.

A New Contract between Business and Business Analysts

Baiba Apine, Dr. dat., CISA,  Senior Management, PwC

Since the advent of business processes management is has been recognized that its main objective is optimization of enterprise’s performance. However, the focus of business analysis has changed significantly over the years. Initially, business analysts focused on discovery and modelling of business processes. They aimed to identify opportunities for application of information technologies in business process automation and to determine resources needed for business process execution. More recently, the attention has shifted towards business process monitoring and optimization, while the current trends concern with business process intelligence for agile decision-making. Businesses expect that the business analysts will identify opportunities for continuous business process improvement by providing contextualized, high quality and secure information. In the light of these new business expectations, the keynote speech identifies today’s challenges faced by the business analysts and describes the current practice in dealing with these challenges.

Baiba Apine's CV

Designing Intelligent Enterprises with the Viable Systems Approach

Jose Perez Rios, Prof., University of Valladolid

In the last few decades the world has changed dramatically. The diverse factors that have played their role in the change (i.e.: high degree of inter-dependence of different world economies, the globalisation phenomenon, the impact of economic growth in countries like India and China, the uncertain effects of a possible climate change, the migratory pressure towards developed countries, security problems, etc.) together with their inter-relationship have led to a formidable complexity implicit in such a situation. We may resume the state of affairs by maintaining that we are facing highly complex problems. Consequently, if our aim is first of all to understand them and then endeavour to improve their diverse facets, we need the appropriate means for this purpose.
Managers in companies or organisations, politicians in their different areas of responsibility and, in general, any person who has to take decisions, should have at their disposal the necessary tools for tackling the problem facing them. At the start of the seventies, Conant and Ashby had argued, in the famous theorem that bears their name, that “a good regulator of a system must be a model of the system”. But this model and, as a result, the regulating system should possess a degree of variety (complexity) in accordance with that of the system they are trying to regulate (manage). For this reason, we need models of problematic situations containing such variety, that is to say, ones that are able to give a response to the diverse situations raised.
One of the aims of this presentation is to show how the Viable System Model, a systemic methodological approach created by S. Beer, can provide us with the possibility of constructing models with sufficient variety (the capacity to deal with complexity) to attempt to deal with current problems.
After exploring the functions that the VSM considers necessary and sufficient for an enterprise/organisation to be viable and the model’s recursive nature, we will see the role played by the communication channels that connect all the VSM functions/systems and other internal and external elements. This side of the application of the VSM is fundamental in terms of designing an organisation’s or company’s information systems. A deep understanding of the different functions (systems) of an organisation and the communication channels that connect them offers a comprehensive framework for both designing information systems and diagnosing the quality and adaptation of existing ones.

Jose Perez Rios's CV