An Information-Centric Enterprise Architecture for Digital Business, 11 October, 09:30 BST





In this half-day online seminar, part of the Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe by IRM UK, Dr. Barry Devlin describes the Digital Information Systems Architecture (DISA), which forms the basis for an eneterprise architecture for digital business.

Digital business begins, as the word digital implies, with data—capturing or creating it, defining it, managing it, interpreting it—and ends with its application to the needs of business. And while all approaches to EA recognise the importance of data, none assign it the foundational primacy that digital transformation needs.

This workshop describes the Digital Information Systems Architecture (DISA), at both conceptual and logical levels, that begins with information (and data), and bridges via process to the people and organisations that both create and consume it. Founded on the Zachman Framework and insights derived from decades of experience in data warehouses and lakes, operational BI, and emerging predictive and prescriptive analytics and AI, Dr Barry Devlin tells the story of “people process information”. This simple and elegant vision applies to all industries, governmental agencies, and organisations of every size, offering a foundation for novel architectural thinking across the entire enterprise and a methodical approach to digital information systems delivery.

In this workshop, we first explore the creation of conceptual thinking spaces where business and IT scope enterprise business needs in terms of the key characteristics of information required, processes needed, and people’s and the organisation’s behaviours. We describe a framework for the functional components that IT must design and (increasingly with businesspeople) deliver to enable enterprise-wide digital transformation. Finally, we look beyond traditional business goals, such as operational efficiency or financial success, to the ever more important ethical and societal purposes that enterprises must address to counter the growing existential economic, societal, and environmental threats to humanity and the planet.