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Enterprise architecture = architecting the enterprise?

Gregor Hohpe (
4:50pm–5:40pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Enterprise architecture
Location: Sutton Center/Sutton South
Secondary topics:  Overview
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Architects and enterprise architects



Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of architecture in large organizations

What you'll learn

  • Understand the business drivers of architecture, what IT strategy really is, how to read an organization's mindset from its org chart, and how to combat complexity in large enterprises


Architects in large enterprises are often regarded as ivory tower residents who bestow their utopian plans upon project teams in the form of colorful diagrams that bear little to no resemblance to reality. Folks carrying the title “enterprise architect” are typically perceived as being furthest from actual technical problems.

However, large-scale transformations require transparency across hundreds or thousands of applications running in data centers around the globe. The very enterprise architects are likely the only ones who stand a chance to bring such an environment toward modernization and cost reduction.

Gregor Hohpe takes a serious but lighthearted look at the role of enterprise architects in modern IT organizations.

Topics include:

  • Business and IT architecture
  • The purpose of enterprise architecture
  • How business views IT (The org chart can tell you a lot.)
  • Thinking like an enterprise architect
  • Cutting through complexity
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Gregor Hohpe

Gregor Hohpe is an advisor at, 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.