4–7 Nov 2019

The architect elevator

Gregor Hohpe (ArchitectElevator.com)
9:00—17:00 Monday, 4 November—Tuesday, 5 November
Location: M4
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As the digital economy changes the rules for enterprises, the role of architects also changes. You must connect the penthouse, where the business strategy is set, with the engine room, where the enabling technologies are implemented. Gregor Hohpe explains why making this connection by going from floor to floor won’t work. Architects bypass existing structures by taking the architect elevator.

What you'll learn, and how you can apply it

  • Learn how to reverse engineer an organization's beliefs and influence them, clearly articulate the value of architecture in a digital transformation, communicate complex technical topics and their merit compassionately to both upper management and technical teams
  • Zoom in and out of a technical topic to view it from different levels of abstractions
  • Understand how to cut through the complexity of large-scale systems by using models and systems thinking, make disciplined and principle-based architectural decisions, and navigate organizational politics, harness complexity, and steer external vendors

Who is this presentation for?

  • You're an architect or IT leader.




  • Experience building applications or running IT projects


Day One:

  • Introduction
  • The digital revolution dissected
  • Digital giants’ “secret sauce”

Morning break

  • Architects and architecture
  • The value of architecture
  • The architect elevator: From the penthouse to the engine room


  • The penthouse: Understanding and translating corporate strategy

Afternoon break

  • The penthouse: Reverse-engineering organizations

Day Two

  • Recap
  • The penthouse: Engaging management

Morning break

  • Midlevels: Thinking in systems
  • Midlevels: Better decisions with models and patterns
  • Midlevels: Articulating architecture (diagramming and notations)


  • Engine room: Internet-scale architectures
  • Engine room: Accelerating software delivery

Afternoon Break

  • Establishing architecture as discipline in the enterprise
  • Conclusion

About your instructor

Photo of Gregor Hohpe

Gregor Hohpe is an advisor at ArchitectElevator.com, where he advises CTOs and technology leaders in the transformation of their organization and IT infrastructure. Riding the architect elevator from the engine room to the penthouse, he connects corporate strategy with technical implementation by making complex topics engaging and approachable without compromising technical accuracy. Previously, Gregor was a technical director at Google Cloud’s Office of the CTO and a chief architect at Allianz, one of world’s largest insurance companies. Having established accelerated innovation and complexity and cost reduction as architecture goals, he oversaw a global data center consolidation and deployed the first on-premises cloud and software delivery platform. He’s a coauthor of the seminal book Enterprise Integration Patterns, which is widely cited as the reference vocabulary for asynchronous messaging solutions. His book 37 Things One Architect Knows about IT Transformation tells stories from the trenches of IT transformation, while his articles have been featured in Best Software Writing by Joel Spolsky and 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know. He’s an active member of the IEEE Software advisory board.

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