Gartner EA Summit: Architects, This is Your Time to Shine

April 14, 2016

This year’s Gartner Enterprise Architect Summit is all about digital business. And so was last year’s. So, what’s different?

While Digital Business was termed the “new reality” in 2015, in 2016, most companies already have a digital solution and realize constant innovation in this area is critical to remain relevant and competitive.

That’s where the Enterprise Architect comes in.

Today’s EAs are leading the strategy, design and execution of digital solutions, affecting a plethora of areas in the enterprise as well as the end-user experience. In fact, according to Gartner, “70% of leading EA practitioners report that they are either responsible or accountable for the success of digital business.”1

So what will Gartner have to say at the 2016 show? Presumably a lot. We counted well over 70 solution provider, track and tutorial sessions.  While the volume of content is impressive what is more interesting is the focus on the many facets of innovation:

  • How people and process affect creativity and make difficult goals achievable.
  • How disruptive technologies around cybersecurity, smart machines and IoT (or perhaps smart machines and IoT) allow the EA to lead the way for their company to leapfrog the competition.
  • How strategies for understanding the top trends in business transformation – from cloud to mobility to algorithmic business – can empower the EA to be a master of disruption (and not a victim of it).

As at previous events, business cases will be presented by the architects themselves. We are particularly excited to hear Kevin Williamson, Enterprise Systems Architect at SiriusXM, present Digital Innovation & Transformation with Telematics Services on Thursday. Kevin’s talk  focuses on his company’s business drivers and the value in delivering digital and mobile innovation via APIs to their customers.

Enterprise Architects are the guiding light into the great frontier of digital business. If companies want to grow and prosper, they must continue to provide their EA’s with the power to forge ahead. This year’s summit promises top notch educational opportunities from industry experts, great networking with peers, and valuable roundtable discussions. If you haven’t registered already, you can receive a $325 discount by using the code EAS18SP6. Register today and be sure to stop by the Axway booth to say hello!

What:  Gartner EA Summit
When: May 11-12, 2016
Where: National Harbor, MD

Register today and use code EA18SP6 for a $325 discount

1Gartner: Follow the Leaders: Digital Business is a Big Opportunity to Evolve Your EA Practice, 03 July 2015,  Marcus Blosch Betsy Burton Mike J. Walker

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