Engineering the Future of Software
Feb 3–4, 2019: Training
Feb 4–6, 2019: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY
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The architect elevator

Gregor Hohpe (
Sunday, February 3 & Monday, February 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Concourse B
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)

Participants should plan to attend both days of this 2-day training course. Platinum and Training passes do not include access to tutorials on Monday.

Drawing on his diverse experience with startups, strategic consulting, internet software engineering, and corporate IT, Gregor Hohpe shows you how to recognize and overcome the challenges digital disruption places on traditional enterprises.

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

By the end of this two-day training course, you'll understand:

  • The role of a chief architect
  • How technical and nontechnical changes form a tipping point for disruption
  • The different mindset and operating models of “digital” and traditional companies
  • How to apply architectural thinking to organizations
  • What makes pitching complex topics to CxOs effective and approachable
  • The dynamics and economics of software delivery

And you'll be able 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
  • Cut through the complexity of large-scale systems by using models and systems thinking
  • Make disciplined and principle-based architectural decisions
  • Navigate organizational politics, harness complexity, and steer external vendors

As large enterprises face competition from digital disruptors, they must change their IT from a low-cost service provider to an innovative business partner and opportunity driver. Such a transformation requires fundamental changes in technology, processes, and organizational setup. Architects play a critical role in this transformation because they can “ride the architect elevator” between the penthouse and the engine room to connect company strategy with concrete technology implementation.

Join Gregor Hohpe for a highly interactive workshop that shows you how to recognize and overcome the challenges digital disruption places on traditional enterprises. IT architects and IT managers will learn how to take an active role in driving IT transformation at all levels of the organization, while senior developers and aspiring architects will learn how to get started on a chief architect career path. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and exercises, you’ll understand your role in the broader context of a large organization, including understanding corporate strategy, organizational structures and dynamics, senior management communication, and vendor management.

The workshop discusses cultural, organizational, and communication aspects rather than specific technologies.


Day 1:

  • Introduction
  • The digital revolution dissected
  • Digital giants’ “secret sauce”
  • Architects and architecture
  • The value of architecture
  • The architect elevator: From the penthouse to the engine room
  • The penthouse: Understanding and translating corporate strategy
  • The penthouse: Reverse engineering organizations

Day 2:

  • Recap
  • The penthouse: Engaging management
  • Midlevels: Thinking in systems
  • Midlevels: Better decisions with models and patterns
  • Midlevels: Articulating architecture (diagramming, notations)
  • Engine room: Internet-scale architectures
  • Engine room: Accelerating software delivery
  • Establishing architecture as discipline in the enterprise
  • Conclusion

About your instructor

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.

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Conference registration

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