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A successful ea2017 hosted by QUT

Queensland University of Technology hosted the twelfth annual CAUDIT Enterprise Architecture in Higher Education Symposium in November, with the theme “Enterprise Architecture: Starting with the University”.  The symposium attracted 40 attendees from 23 CAUDIT organisations, and explored contemporary approaches, challenges, and opportunities for the practice of enterprise architecture in higher education.

As a symposium, rather than a conference, the event emphasises the importance of the community and of sharing experiences, and afforded many opportunities for connection, including workshops, facilitated discussions, a World Café session, Pecha Kucha “Ignite” presentations, and the social programme.

The structured programme included valuable and provocative contributions from Professor Suzi Derbyshire (DVC Learning & Teaching at QUT), from Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz (PwC Chair in Digital Economy at QUT), from Hank Mahler (Enterprise Architect for Chevron), and Marcus Blosch (Gartner).  QUT academics Alistair Barros and Fame Emamjome provided an overview of how enterprise architecture is taught within Information Systems courses.

Contributions from members of the enterprise architecture community were given by Nigel Foxwell (James Cook University), Sasenka Abeysooriya and Michael Kodosko (University of Queensland), jeff kennedy (University of Auckland), Sam FIeld (Curtin University), and Paul Tasker (QUT).

Continuing the establish heritage of this long-running symposium, ea2017 provided all participants with valuable experiences, both for the content presented, and sharing and networking, and the rich and varied discussions with peers.  We look forward to ea2018, when the community will assemble at Curtin University.

QUT organised and hosted the symposium very ably and professionally, and particular thanks are due to Felicity James, Paul Tasker, and Ian McDonald for their efforts in making this another success for the CAUDIT Enterprise Architecture Community of Practice.

Picture: ea2017 delegates admiring the Code-A-Bot interactive game during their tour of The Cube facility at QUT

Picture: Sam Field (Curtin University) facilitating a break-out discussion on the topic of enterprise architecture effectiveness

Picture:  Sam Field (Curtin University) presenting on the role of enterprise architecture on tracking and managing the relationship between executive desire and business strategy