Luncheon Events

Monday, 27 Oct

Participants/Debaters :
Peter Chen, Carnegie Melon University
Stuart Madnick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eph McLean, Georgia State University

Sandeep Purao, Penn State University

A research community needs Grand Challenges.
A research community thrives on Grand Challenges.
A research community is galvanized by Grand Challenges.

What were the Grand Challenges that galvanized the ER Research Community
How has the Community addressed these Challenges over the last third of the century?
What are the Challenges that the Community should look forward to in the future?

We will hear from a previous young upstart who came up with the very idea of ER.
We will hear from a researcher / practitioner who applied and extended ER.
We will hear from the mentor who took the risk to support the upstart and host the first ER.

Background of Participants/Debaters :
Peter Chen, Distinguished Career Scientist and Faculty Member
Software Engineering Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Stuart Madnick, John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies,
Sloan School of Management& Professor of Engineering Systems, School of Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ephraim McLean, Regents’ Professor, George E. Smith Eminent Scholar’s Chair in IS
Director, Center for Research in Information Systems
Director, Center for Health Information Technology
Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University


Tuesday, 28 Oct
The Art of Enterprise Architecture


Abstract for talk:
In the last few years, there has been an explosion in experience and understanding of how business-driven modeling methods can identify high reusability opportunities, in a rapidly changing, highly interconnected, technology-dependent business environment, address complexity, analyze uncertainty and change. These approaches should be referred to as Enterprise Architecture. Numerous individuals and organizations look at Enterprise Architecture as information technology planning – far from a full picture of the strengths of Enterprise Architecture – techniques that now have a more than four decade proven track record. Enterprise Architecture allows both business management and technical staffs to “see” the dependence of certain conditions (either to achieve business value or avoid suboptimal results) to create the right portfolio of models, allowing management to see what cannot be seen in hundreds of pages of text. This presentation will provide an overview of the state of the practice in Enterprise Architecture drawing on my continued engagement with several large companies in a number of sectors such as health, entertainment and software. I will share with the researchers gathered at the conference my reflections and anecdotes about how Enterprise Architecture is practiced so that they may find interesting pointers to pursue new research directions in conceptual models and modeling for Enterprise Architecture.

Samuel B. Holcman is the Chairman of the Pinnacle Business Group, Inc., the Managing Director of the Enterprise Architecture Center Of Excellence (EACOE), and the Business Architecture Center Of Excellence (BACOE), and the President an Co-Founder of the Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement (ZIFA). He is considered the practitioners’ practitioner in Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture, and has contributed his expertise related to Enterprise and Business Architecture methodologies and techniques in several organizations. A strategic planning process he developed is in use at many Fortune 500 companies. He has also developed an innovative approach to Business Process Re-Engineering known as Business Process Visualization TM and Organization Network Analysis TM. He has also developed the Intellectual Capital Maturity Model TM and an Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model. His other contributions include works on Cooperatively Optimized Relationships (COR) for next generation CRM. Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been elected to Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering honors society), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society), and is a member of numerous societies and professional organizations.