Conference Day Two: 21 April 2021


9:40 am - 10:10 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

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

Darryl Carr

Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal (EAPJ)

9:40 am - 10:10 am 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

10:10 am - 10:40 am Thought Leadership Session

10:40 am - 11:10 am MORNING TEA

11:10 am - 11:40 am What Is The Learning Experience Of Shaping New Skillsets And Approaches To The Role Of Enterprise Architecture Within An Increasingly Digital Organisation?

11:40 am - 12:10 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

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Value-Focussed Architecture - Identifying Requisite Technologies And Business Value Through Synthesis Of Architectural Reference Model Viewpoints

Rod Dilnutt - Industry Fellow – Information Security Group, University of Melbourne

To be competitive, organisations must be able to realise business value at ‘high speed, low cost that are fit for purpose’. Executive management sets the expectation by providing high level aspirational requirements, and the architect is charged to deliver. Current methods, tools and techniques offer partial answers but where does the architect start? In this session you will learn how through the synthesis of existing reference models we can discover relationships between strategy, sustainable business value creation, architecture, and technology solutions. Drawing on engagements with forward looking organisations, and backed by thought leading research as an Industry Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Rod shares his insights on:

  • Articulating sustainable busines value in economic, environmental and social terms.
  • How existing business reference models assist discovery of requisite architectural and technology enablement solutions derived from high-level strategic aims.
  • Combining architectural viewpoints to provide the link between aspiration and deployment.

Rod Dilnutt

Industry Fellow – Information Security Group
University of Melbourne

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm Understanding How The Enterprise Architecture Function Can Continue From Remote Working Environments

Brenton Seager - Domain Architect, SA Power Network

The role of the EA is hands on, and predominately face-to-face. However, with the shift to remote working environments, it is important for EA’s to learn how to implement their role and function into the organisation from remote environments. This presentation will look into how an EA can connect with their organisations in a disconnected world, particularly when connection is such a critical element to the role. In this presentation, Brenton Seager will discuss how SA’s largest power network provider maintain business as usual standards through working from home environments and how the EA function played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the technology transformation initiative that took place in order to

achieve this.

  • Ensuring technological mobility and accessibility from all remote locations
  • Injecting the importance of the role of the EA into the organisation to ensure engagement with the function.
  • Collaborating with other disciplines to create a cohesive vision and understanding of roles across the organisations.

Brenton Seager

Domain Architect
SA Power Network

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Driving Operational Efficiencies In New Zealand’s Defence Force By Leveraging Data-Driven Capabilities and Implementing Future AI, Machine Learning and Automation Technology.

Andrew Bain - Principal Enterprise Architect - Communications & Information Systems Branch, New Zealand Defence Force

Machine learning, AI and automation functions have the ability to streamline processes and create top-tier efficiency for orgasnaitions; however, EA’s are experience significant pushback from investment in these spaces due to the technological nature of these solutions. Andrew Bain from New Zealand Defence Force has been working with his team to introduce automation technology that will best suit

the organisation and drive efficiencies across the board. Andrew will focus on how the EA function can be leveraged to drive data driven capabilities in the business and create more efficient business processes.

  • Identifying the automation and AI technology that will best suit your organisation and developing an implementation roadmap.
  • Ensuring all business units have an understanding on how technology can drive efficiency in their department to increase buy-in efforts.
  • Utilising the expertise of the EA function to create a clear business case and emphasis on impacts to business and customer goals and outcomes.

Andrew Bain

Principal Enterprise Architect - Communications & Information Systems Branch
New Zealand Defence Force

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Do Enterprise Architects need to become design thinkers? Is this an essential skill in the arsenal, or is this best left to other business units? This panel discussion will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from EA’s about how they attempt to identify how design thinking can be leveraged within EA to direct customer-led business outcomes:

  • The strengths of Design Thinking to excel customer understanding and HCD principles within EA practices
  • How EAs can practically apply Design Thinking to steer business strategy and translate customer needs into a relevant component of a digital strategy
  • Benefits for the business of aligning architecture ‘outside-in’ to customer needs to remain relevant, respond and predict external changes in consumer behaviour

Darryl Carr

Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal (EAPJ)


Vishal Choksy

Chief Information Officer & Enterprise Architect
Natures Organic


Ebtesam Gauda

Strategic Architecture Lead- COE


Dr Yandong Fan

Chief Architect
Department of Transport

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm Conference Closing

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm END OF CONFERENCE