Conference Day One: 20 April 2021


9:30 am - 9:40 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

Darryl Carr - Editor & Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal (EAPJ) & JourneyOne

Darryl Carr

Editor & Enterprise Architect
Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal (EAPJ) & JourneyOne

9:40 am - 10:10 am Accelerate Business Transformation And Customer Value With EA, Agile Operating Model and Emerging Technology Capabilities

Vishal Choksy - Chief Information Officer & Enterprise Architect, Natures Organic

Digitally transforming organisations are unanimously onboarding agile practices to become more adaptable in the face of industry and global change and as such, Enterprise Architecture has to refresh and realign to these new ways of working. Natures Organic has adopted a number of methodologies such as Agile thinking to change the business landscape for the better and utilising the role of the EA to introduce technical change into the organisation. This session will speak to how changes in architecture services are powering outcomes at greater velocity and setting up to enable more cross functional teams:

  • Role of EA in Decentralised Operating Model
  • Customer -Centric Approach – Improve Customer Obsession and Reduce Time To Value
  • Applying Product Management & Agile Principles With Emerging Technology Capabilities To Empower Teams and Foster Experimentation.

Vishal Choksy

Chief Information Officer & Enterprise Architect
Natures Organic

10:10 am - 10:50 am End-to-end Approach to Change

Glenn Smyth - Founder & CEO, Fragile to Agile

At the last two IQPC Enterprise Architecture conferences Glenn presented on the Anatomy of a Digitally Transformed organisation and the Recipe for a Successful Digital Transformation, covering “Architecture the noun” for Digital Transformation. In this year’s presentation Glenn will cover the change processes in an agile digitally transformed organisation, covering an end-to-end approach to change.

The presentation will firstly describe each of the key seven “processes/frameworks” involved in change and the key responsibilities and success factors of each. It will contrast these in an analogue/fragile organisation versus in a digital/agile organisation. Finally, the presentation will provide an overview of the Fragile to Agile Integrated Framework, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, 18 years unchanged, arguably the oldest framework for Enterprise Architecture in the world. It will describe how this framework, which is public commons Intellectual Property, underpins three of the key processes involved in change: Strategic Planning; Conceptual Design and Architectural Governance.


Glenn Smyth

Founder & CEO
Fragile to Agile

10:50 am - 11:30 am MORNING TEA

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Evaluating Critical Concepts To Retain And Translate From Traditional Frameworks Into Modern Architecture

Vishal Choksy - Chief Information Officer & Enterprise Architect, Natures Organic
Rod Dilnutt - Industry Fellow – Information Systems Group, University of Melbourne

Only a small percentage of Enterprise Architecture frameworks are currently used on a practical day-to-day basis. With usage at an all-time low, our panel of Chief Architects will discuss whether the idea of a an EA framework needs to be dropped or evolved, and provide next-step solutions to move past this central issue:

·        Do Enterprise Architects need a Framework, or are there new undervalued approaches?

·        How can traditional frameworks stand up in current and future operating environments?

·        How do we adapt the likes of TOGAF to the requirements of Agile Business?

·        Which supplementary processes offer added flexibility and practical benefits?


Vishal Choksy

Chief Information Officer & Enterprise Architect
Natures Organic


Rod Dilnutt

Industry Fellow – Information Systems Group
University of Melbourne

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Does Enterprise Architecture Matter? How A Government Department is Re-Focusing Enterprise Architecture On Business Outcomes And Improved Public Services.

Paul Taylor - Business Technology Architect and Planner, Department of Health and Human Services

As organisations adopt agile operating models that put customer services at the centre, the role of Enterprise Architecture changes from master planners, gate keepers, and model-making to supporters of service design, delivery, and operations capabilities. The Dept. Health & Human Services (Victoria) has built a digital service delivery capability based on modern platforms and agile development methods. An essential part of the operation is the Enterprise Architecture Unit that acts as a strategic planning and enterprise design partner to the business. This session will detail practical elements of how Enterprise Architecture can set up as a driver of sustainable change and executive strategy, including:

  • How architects are engaging with business units to frame discussions about service delivery options and technology investments
  • Using business capability models to assist with IT portfolio management and prioritisation
  • How Enterprise Architects can most effectively work with Business Policy and Planners, Service Designers and Agilest.
  • How Enterprise Architecture can re-orient from delivering compliance to focusing on business outcomes, service quality, and overall customer satisfaction

Paul Taylor

Business Technology Architect and Planner
Department of Health and Human Services

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Establishing Secure Digital Data Architecture: An Ecosystem Perspective

Asif Gill - Associate Professor and Director of the DigiSAS LaB, University of Technology Sydney

Digital transformation or digitisation requires a solid foundation of digital data ecosystem architecture where data and information need to flow beyond the boundary of a single enterprise. The challenge is: how to establish such data architecture that is adaptive in nature and enables secure data sharing in the complex ecosystem environment. In this session, Asif will speak about the following key items:

  • Digital and data
  • Stakeholder concerns
  • Approach to establish an adaptive digital ecosystem architecture for complex and heterogeneous digital environments

Asif Gill

Associate Professor and Director of the DigiSAS LaB
University of Technology Sydney

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm All The Way From NZ: Understand How COVID-19 Forced Vector Ltd NZ’s Fibre Optic Cable Network To Pivot its 3 Year Long Transformation Strategy In Order To Combat The Changes To Their Operating Environment.

Robert Sang - Architecture Manager, Vector Limited New Zealand

Vector Ltd NZ provides critical electricity and gas services to over one third of NZ GDP and is New Zealand’s number one providers of electricity and gas metering. At the beginning of 2020, Vector was in its final stages of a 3 year long transformation journey across the business, and more specifically advance their Fibre Optic Cable Network. COVID 19 disrupted the process entirely and forced Vector to pivot their strategy and identify Which business capabilities

were critical to running of key services using core frameworks for identifying capabilities. Robert Sang will discuss Deliver on transformation and maintain direction of transformation within a hugely disruptive event.


·        Identify which business capabilities are critical to running key services through core frameworks used for identifying capabilities such as IEC for electricity services and TM forum information standards for Fibre.

·        Understanding what your minimum operating state looks like.

·        Bolstering technology capabilities and invest to increase compute power of VPN gateways, allowing further capacity for employee to work from home and continue business as usual.


Robert Sang

Architecture Manager
Vector Limited New Zealand

The formal position of EA within the business is not well understood across all organisations, and variance in the control and guidance disparate teams direct clearly shows there is now a divergence in how EAs are viewing their role alongside agile business practices. This panel will move towards a consensus on the future of EA governance:


·        Developing strategic alignment: what role do EAs need to play in informing, shaping, and executing strategy?

·        Govern or guide; influence or control? What is the most effective path for EA enabling business action in line with its goals?

·        Competing disciplines and agreement over the role and purpose of EA within the business

·        Assigning ownership & accountability


Paul Taylor

Business Technology Architect and Planner
Department of Health and Human Services


Asif Gill

Associate Professor and Director of the DigiSAS LaB
University of Technology Sydney

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm How To Coordinate Your Architecture Team With The Business To Facilitate Efficient And Incremental Benefit Delivery Via Reusable Architectures Across Business Units

Dr Yandong Fan - Chief Architect, Department of Transport

The acceleration of digital transformation across enterprises is lending the perfect opportunity for Architects to re-define their practice in line with corresponding business counterparts. With increased reliance on the guidance they can provide for IT design and implementation choices, unlocking these benefits can unlock the potential for EA to bring IT and Business transformation up to speed across the wider business. In this presentation, Yandong Fan from Department of Transport VIC will focus on the convergence of EA and other disciplines to coordinate business transformation in a merged and changing organisational environment.


•        Formalising EA structures to determine organisational change and prioritisation management

•        Aligning architecture to CX deliverables to ensure objective customer-centric decision making

•        Communicating value upstream to secure buy-in and influence a coordinated technology strategy for enterprise


Dr Yandong Fan

Chief Architect
Department of Transport

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Session Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Which Way Forward For Our Architectures?

Tom Graves - Principal Consultant, Tetradian

Tom Graves

Principal Consultant


Andrew Blades

Founder & Group Manager, Group Manager & Founder
Australasian Architecture Network, Architecting For Innovation Meetup & The Bridge Search

4:45 pm - 4:50 pm Conference Closing