2020 IT Architecture Forum

Creating resilience through IT Architecture

24 Nov 2020Aotea Centre, Auckland
Event Details


Coffee and Registration
Opening remarks from the Chair
People-centric architecture – creating inclusive and value-based architecture within constrained budgets
  • What is people-centric architecture and how is it changing the way traditional IT Architects operate? 

  • How can people-centric architecture practice increase productivity, remove traditional roadblocks and provide value for money in IT investment projects 

  • Has COVID-19 changed the way people-centric architecture is developed? 

Dougal Watt, CTO and Co-Founder, Meaningful
Everything as a Service – the evolution of bespoke IaaS and PaaS solutions

There is an exponential increase in the amount of 3rd party vendors offering bespoke ‘as a Service’ products. This session examines the rise of integration of vendor infrastructure being implemented into architecture 

  • Identifying the value in utilising 3rd party platforms especially in a low budget frame 

  • Uncovering the cost-benefit analysis of bespoke infrastructure and how it will affect organisations’ infrastructure frameworks  

  • Examining the risks in using third party systems and maximising the benefits of outsourcing solutions 

Philip Clegg, CTO, Spectrum
Morning break
Legal update: The new Privacy Act- the evolution of data treatment

New Zealand's first major privacy reforms in nearly 30 years will come into effect on 1 December 2020.  This session will review the key changes in our new Act, what they mean for organisations, and some thoughts on the implications for IT architects and data managers 

  • Key new provisions in the Privacy Act 2018, and practical steps organisations will need to take to implement 

  • Evaluating the gaps between NZ law and international best practice 

  • Growing importance of data mapping, purposeful management and privacy by design 

Keri Johansson, Senior Associate- Technology, BuddleFindlay
Decentralising data – changing the way we interact with and store data

Decentralisation technologies are setting an important precedent for control and distribution of data, allowing for highly secure and virtually impenetrable encryption.  

  • Review how decentralisation technologies are redefining data storage and security 

  • Building resilience through effective use of decentralisation technologies especially within remote working environments and how they can impact remote architecture 

  • Evaluating how your organisation could utilise decentralisation in its architecture 

Data fabric – creating architecture for data management
  • Allowing greater control of data in a multi-platform environment 

  • Understand the need for data fabric frameworks, and their potential role within your organisation 

  • Examining examples of effective data fabric within organisations of various scale 

  • Discussing security of data fabric frameworks and reduction of risk and exposure

The Open Group Architect Framework (TOGAF) in 2020
  • Investigate how the fundamentals of TOGAF can be applied to Agile or Scrum methodologies  

  • Hear about the future of TOGAF and developments in its application 

  • Learn about other methodologies and how they compare 

Regine Deleu, GM Digital Architecture, Auckland Transport
Agile, Scrum, and Cascade – trends in organisational methodologies
  • Examine various organisational structures and their positives and negatives 

  • Learn how elements of these structures can applied to your organisation 

  • Gain insight into how these methodologies fair during times of global crisis

Raffaella del Prete, Head of Architecture, Vodafone
Effective road mapping – developing and using the right framework for your business
  • Hear from leading experts in the field of IT architecture 

  • Learn how to improve and develop architecture road maps 

  • Gain insight into how New Zealand’s top organisations develop road maps for their organisations architecture  

David Molesworth, Head of Delivery, Cyma
Afternoon break
Case study: Scalable frameworks and organisational structure – developing architecture during global crisis

This session will examine Flight Centre’s timeline for developing scalable architecture and defining this architecture as the key to retaining control over their IT infrastructure during turbulent times.  

  • Identifying examples of successfully scaled architecture within Flight Centre 

  • Learn key tools and processes to develop scalable systems for both scaling up and scaling down 

  • Hear about the most common issues facing organisations during after lockdown  

  • Evaluating the future of Flight Centre’s- developing resilience through architecture  

Raymund Maccalay, IT Operations & Development Leader, Flight Centre Technology
Graham Brien Herd, IT Infrastructure Leader, Flight Centre Technology
Case study: Microservices and API’s – Sky’s architecture at a granular level

Microservices and API’s act as the building blocks for IT architecture infrastructure, acting as key components that provide operability for the entire architecture. Here we will look at Sky’s experience with both microservices and API’s to review the key aspects in their content publishing pipeline. 

  • Examining examples of microservices, and identifying when they are needed over applications  

  • Reviewing what Sky did, how they did it and the subsequent outcomes   

  • Looking back- what would Sky do differently if they knew then what they know now?

Matt Ramsey, Architect, SKY TV NZ
Panel: IT Architecture Leaders – leadership in a changed and changing world

Hear from New Zealand’s leading IT architects about how they develop and manage their infrastructure and architecture 

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted IT frameworks? 

  • What are the biggest current challenges within the IT architecture space? 

  • How can we use IT architecture to strengthen the resilience of your organisation? 

  • What are their predictions for the future of IT architecture? 

  • Communicating with non-technical stakeholders- why does influence matter? 

Michael Tapp, Director/Principal Architect, Cyma
Jason Williams, Architecture & Engineering Lead, Spark Sport
Igor Portugal, Chief Growth Officer, Catalyst Cloud Limited
Closing remarks from the Chair
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