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AEA - Joint Event - 8th of April - Ottawa-Gatineau (Canada)

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Complex Project Management, Procurement and Enterprise Architecture

Guest Speaker: Doug Dempster MBA

Executive Director - Centre for Executive Leadership, University of Ottawa

 This session will discuss the issues associated with complex projects, procurement and how enterprise architecture can be a key enabler for their successful conclusion. The topics will include:

  • What Constitutes a Complex Project ?

  • What are the main issues with Procurement ?

  • What are the main challenges to complex project delivery ?

  • How can EA enable their successful conception, guidance and delivery ?


This presentation integrates multiple concepts including portfolio management, project management, procurement, handling complexity and enterprise architecture. The presentation is case-based using Doug's extensive experience managing portfolios and projects nationally and internationally.

Mr. Doug Dempster is the Executive Director for the Centre for Executive Leadership at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Dempster spent 30 years in the Canadian Forces retiring as a Major General after being deputy commander of the Canadian Army and then became chief strategy officer of the Defence department in the four years following the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently he served as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management he led a major business transformation in the organization. He has handled extremely difficult projects and initiatives during his career in the CF and NATO and is now (Fall 2015) starting a Masters program at the University of Ottawa (Telfer School of Management) on Complex Project Management and Procurement.




AEA Joint Event - 12th of December - Ottawa-Gatineau (Canada)

CMMI Data Management Maturity Model

On the 12th of March in Ottawa, 65 people attended a joint AEA Ottawa / DAMA Ottawa Seminar at the University of Ottawa on the new "CMMI Data Management Maturity Model".

Melanie Mecca from the CMMI Institute (affiliated with Carnegie Melon University and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI)) gave an exciting presentation illustrating the various dimensions of the new DMM Model and how it can help organizations get a grip on their data holdings. She is the Development lead and primary author, of the DMMSM Model.


Melanie came all the way from Washington DC to Ottawa to give the seminar which was greatly appreciated.

Many of the attendees were from the Canadian Government in EA and Data Management as well as graduate students from the University of Ottawa e-Business Program where they are confronting the challenges of business and digital transformation. The audience also included executives and managers with a wide range of backgrounds from the humanities, technology and management who were all grappling with effective data management to support quality decision-making.

The presentation was professionally laid out and was easily understood by the diverse audience. The systematic and consistent manner in which the DMM Model is laid out makes it a useful tool to support Data Management. Enterprise Platform and Data Architecture is one of the six pillars of the methodology and enables the realization of effective Data Management.


The seminar was followed by an lively question and answer session. Hopefully Melanie will be able to present at the Open Group Conference in Baltimore in July.


AEA Joint Event - 5th of March - Ottawa (Canada)

Maturing the Organization from Data Transactions to Information Decision Support

On the 5th of March in Ottawa, 150 people attended a very successful half-day seminar with the theme of "Maturing the Organization from Data Transactions to Information Decision Support" The seminar was jointly hosted by local chapters of the Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA), the Data Management Association (DAMA) and The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI). The speakers and panel addressed the issues of:

             The role of enterprise architecture, data modeling and data management in providing the right information, to the right people, in the right way at the right time

             Capturing and shaping transactional data to provide effective and efficient decision support.

             The role of data in the organization and its influence on enterprise strategic plans and initiatives.

There was a wide range of attendees from government, industry, and academia.

Professor Marc von Rosing from the Global University Alliance presented on "Using Information Modeling Principles to Identify Opportunities for Business Transformation."

He enthusiastically went through the slides and also elaborated on Lessons Learned globally including his native Scandinavia.


Julia Mench, Global Vice President Human Capital Management Practice, BackOffice Associates, presented on "The Role of a Centralized Data Universe in Effective Corporate Planning and Business Transformation." Using case studies to illustrate the concepts, she focused on the importance of people and how critical it is to have reliable data on an enterprise's most important resource.


The final presentation addressed "How to Launch a Successful Open Data Initiative". Hudson Hollister, the Executive Director Data Transparency Coalition, discussed the impact and challenges in the implementation of the US Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) especially how it promises to transform the U.S. government's finances by replacing disconnected documents with standardized and searchable data.


A lively panel discussion rounded out the afternoon with an enthusiastic question and answers session.

Much appreciation to sponsors from KMPG, BackOffice Associates and Privacy Analytics.


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