First Chief Architect Forum Meeting ‘Exceeds Expectations’

The Chief Architect Forum (CAF), a collaborative community for Chief Architect executives and thought leaders, held its first meeting on October 22.

The purpose of the CAF, which is supported by Iasa Global, is to test, challenge and support the state of the art and science for Business and Technology Architecture and its evolution over time.

This forum’s membership is passionate about the importance of Business Technology Architecture and their shared ambition is for this to become the preeminent, cross-industry, global meeting place for leaders in Architecture.

In their first discussion, the CAF membership shared an appreciation for having an opportunity to have a collaborative forum of their peers, who have similar responsibilities. The group noted it was hard to find a community of our peers who shared “the accountability of the outcomes of their practices, the requirement to build support for EA across their organizations and the obligation to drive results for their CIOs after ‘the consultants have gone home,’” according to Grant Ecker, VP Enterprise Architecture at Walgreens Boots Alliance and Chairman of the CAF.

The event kicked off with three key presenters, moderated by Ecker:

  • Ulrich Homann, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft who covered Mastering the Cloud
  • Kiril Topalov, Chief Digital Architect at Kimberly Clark who shared a journey toward Enterprise Cloud
  • Mike Fortuna, VP, Enterprise Architecture & Emerging Technology at Trane Technology who explored Innovation and Leadership journey

Iasa global CEO Paul Preiss said the event “exceeded expectations.

“CAF is off to a fantastic start,” he said. “There’s a lot of good we can for the profession and the global community. We look forward to realizing those expectations in the days, weeks, and months ahead.”

Their next session will be in late January.

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