Cameron discusses enterprise architecture with international business leaders

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- As enterprise architecture (EA) continues to gain global recognition, organizations are increasingly interested in acquiring knowledge about the practice and hiring qualified EA professionals. Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), was invited to share his expertise on enterprise architecture with international business leaders at events held in May in Kazakhstan, Taiwan and Mexico.

“It is a great honor to have my work in the Center for Enterprise Architecture and the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) recognized internationally and to be asked to speak by these prestigious organizations," Cameron said.

The Center for Enterprise Architecture, which was established in 2011, strives to design extend, and invent practices, tools and theories, in partnership with industry, to produce effective outcomes at the intersection of theory and organizational practice. The center helps organizations understand, utilize and extend enterprise architecture as a strategic resource. In April 2012, the College of IST launched the first Master of Professional Enterprise Architecture studies program in North America and the first online EA master’s program in the world. In addition, a supportive option for undergraduates was rolled out at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester.

FEAPO, which was founded by Cameron in 2011, is a worldwide association of professional organizations which have come together to provide a forum to standardize, professionalize and otherwise advance the discipline of enterprise architecture.

Cameron was one of the keynote speakers at the Astex 2013 International Exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Leading companies from Kazakhstan and foreign companies, including winners of a national contest of startup projects, demonstrated their new technologies.

In addition, a conference was held within the ASTEX 2013 International Exhibition. First Deputy Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev and Vice Minister of Transport and Communications Saken Sarsenov, along with business representatives, took part in the event to discuss innovations in electronic government, education, health care and business. During his keynote address, Cameron talked about the use of enterprise architecture for analyzing, planning and evaluating emerging technologies.

Cameron also spoke to senior executives at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Hsinchu, Taiwan. ITRI is a nonprofit research and development organization engaging in applied research and technical services. During his talk, he discussed advanced EA concepts and practices.

Finally, Cameron spoke at a senior executive meeting sponsored by the Mexican government at Infotech, a public center of innovation and technological development in Mexico City. During his presentation, he talked about the use of enterprise architecture to foster internal innovation within organizations.

When discussing enterprise architecture with business leaders in foreign countries, Cameron said, he tailors his message to address their particular situations. Since EA is a relatively new discipline, executives are looking for examples of practices that could benefit their companies. A major issue that was discussed at all three recent events, he said, was the  shortage of EA skills among job applicants. As a result, many of the participants expressed interest in the College of IST’s MPS in EA program, which is designed for working professionals with a variety of backgrounds, including information technology, business and engineering.

“One of their number-one concerns is where they are going to find people with the skill sets needed to implement enterprise architecture effectively in their organizations,” Cameron said.

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Last Updated June 21, 2013