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Latest news on the 2016 EA Symposium

2016 EA Symposium is being held November 21, 22 and 23 and hosted at Deakin University's Melbourne CBD meeting rooms where we will explore:

‘How Enterprise Architecture can create value in Higher Education’.


Chair of the Symposium, David Johnston-Bell advises that they have confirmed an exciting line-up of speakers for the 2016 Symposium including:

  • Deakin's Chief Digital Officer William Confalonieri who will speak about how digital innovations and changes in technological paradigms will significantly transform Higher Education over the next few years, with the evolving expectations of rich digital experiences being the enablers of that transformation.
  • Glenn Smyth, the Founder and CE of Fragile to Agile, and is a former Chief Architect at Adelaide Bank and the ATO, who will have an interactive discussion session on how to develop a solid Business Capability Model and how to use it to drive change within Universities.Glenn’s session will be a combination of a presentation followed by an interactive discussion session on how to develop a solid Business Capability Model and how to use it to drive change within Universities.  He will first present on the three different levels of a Business Capability Model: executive level, architecture level and service level. He will then describe each of these models, their differences, and how they can be used to assist in a number of design domains, business and technology, as well as to support higher level processes including Strategic Planning and Investment and Prioritisation. Then he will discuss the additional level of rigour required for Architecture and service level Business Capability Models if they are to be used to resolve key design decisions, e.g., determining the correct level of granularity for a service to actually deliver on the benefits promised by a Service Oriented Architecture.
  • Dr Naveen Sharma, Griffith University. Naveen will discuss how Griffith developed their cloud architecture, and how they thoughtit should be straight forward, but took them not hours or days or weeks but months of hard work to deliver Griffith University’s Common Cloud Information and Technology Architecture.
  • Jolyon Suthers, Griffith University - Jolyon will discuss the how Griffith decided to reboot its Enterprise Architecture Governance Processes and its Enterprise and Solution Architecture capabilities and provide a review of the first two years of the rebooted Architecture Practice, concentrating on the continued desire for a value-add pragmatic architecture approach, and balancing between the traditional and agile IT organisations and the changing university landscape.

Your input

The Symposium committee is seeking further input from the EA in HE community, ranging from a 5 minute Pecha Kuka to a 75 minute presentation and audience Q&A, or anything in between; so if you have a topic you’d like to present on, please submit your proposal via


This year, the committee is trialing a two-day (Monday, Tuesday) and three-day (Monday - Wednesday) options to enable a greater number of our community members to participate. For the two-day conference, tickets are $660 per person and $770 per person for the three-day conference, and both tickets includes a complimentary ticket to the conference dinner on the Tuesday night. Please refer to to register for the conference.

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