Infosys at the IT Architecture Practitioners Conference

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Session 1

July 17, 2006, 14:30 - 15:00: The Role of the IT Architect in a Global Environment - Sohrab Kakalia, Global Head of Technical Consulting, Infosys Technologies Limited

Session 2

July 19, 2006, 10:00 - 10:30: Financial Models for Architectural Flexibility - Sohel Aziz, Principal Architect, Infosys Technologies Thomas Obitz, Principal Architect, Infosys Technologies

Session 3

July 19, 2006, 09:30 - 10:00: InSOAP - Leveraging TOGAF in the transition to SOA - Jerry Larivee, Senior Technical Architect, Infosys Technologies
Dr. Sriram Anand, Principal Researcher, Infosys Technologies

Event Details

Date: July 17-19, 2006
Venue: Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Miami, FL Los Angeles, CA



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Session Overview

The Role of the IT Architect in a Global Environment

Leveraging globally capability and expertise is a cornerstone in building lasting business and IT systems. Not only is the world flat with regards to services, it is also flat in terms of consumer market reach lead by organizations such as Amazon, Ebay, Froggle amongst others. There are few geographical, economic and even political boundaries.

In Business and IT architecture provisioning, it impacts the conventional process of thinking, brainstorming, communicating, governing and managing in a global resource pool.

Infosys has 25 years of experience delivering business solutions in a global delivery model. It is driving a more industrialized approach to software development.

Sohrab Kakalia, Global Head of Technical Consulting, illustrates how Infosys has created an architectural ecosystem where business and technical consultants, application architects and delivery teams collaborate in producing solutions reliably; he shows how it integrates with the client's own architectural functions.

Financial Models for Architectural Flexibility

Changing an enterprise landscape to a flexible and adoptable architecture generates cost; and building systems in a more flexible, reusable way tends to increase budgets.

In this context, an enterprise architecture function has to justify the expenditure. This not only mandates measuring its achievements; it also demands for models which value architectural options on a predictive basis.

Real Options are an approach to structure and assess architectural approaches and patterns from a financial perspective. They allow to construct a quantitative model supporting the decision making process. Traditionally, however, this model has fallen short of providing acceptable volatilities.

Infosys is using a model built on implied volatilities derived from real-world architectural decisions. We find a correlation between the technology adoption profile of companies and the volatilities attributed to flexibility.

InSOAP - Leveraging TOGAF in the transition to SOA

Many companies experience a need of formal processes to progress into the service oriented world.

Infosys has developed InSOAP, a process which aims at supporting this transition. It helps articulating specific business and IT goals, in particular in the areas of flexibility, adaptability and IT landscape modernization. It provides a holistic approach towards analyzing and evaluating cost, risk and benefits.

Following the directions of the TOGAF ADM, InSOAP forges the development of an enterprise level architectural strategy through a rigorous approach to conceptualizing, modelling, layering and realizing services.

The presentation provides an overview of the InSOAP process, showing a path of transitioning to service orientation.



Session 1

Sohrab Kakalia

Sohrab Kakalia is a Vice President & Head of Technology Consulting at Infosys Technologies. He has 20 years of experience in the IT industry, and has helped several leading corporations transform, design and integrate their software systems to achieve efficient and competitive operations. He has led many large, end-to-end multi-technology projects that cover the hardware, OS, application software, network and security domains.


Session 2

Sohel Aziz

Sohel Aziz is a Principal Architect with Infosys Technologies. He has over 12 years of experience as technology architect, technology program manager and analyst. Sohel has extensive experience in enterprise and technical architecture assessment and definition. His current focus areas are enterprise architecture and effective governance models.


Thomas Obitz

Thomas Obitz is a Principal Architect with Infosys Technologies. He has more than 15 years of experience in software development. He has vast experience in conceptualizing and designing large scale distributed systems, especially in the area of investment banking and capital markets. He has been working with enterprise architecture groups reviewing application landscapes and adopting them for improved support of the corporate's processes and value propositions.


Session 3

Jerry Larivee

Jerry Larivee is a Senior Technical Architect with Infosys Technologies. With more than 15 years of experience as a technical strategist, architect, system designer and development manager, he provides technology strategy and enterprise architecture consulting services to Infosys' clients, with a particular focus on Enterprise Architecture governance.

In addition to broad industry experience Jerry has been a researcher at MIT AI Lab, MIT Project Athena and IBM Watson Research Center and a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Extension School.



Sriram is a Principal Researcher at Infosys Technologies, Bangalore. Prior to joining Infosys, Sriram worked in IT consulting as well as product engineering in the US for over 12 years . His interests include enterprise architecture, service-oriented architecture, and legacy integration and software engineering methodologies. Sriram is experienced in designing enterprise architectural strategy for leading U.S. companies in the financial services, retail and pharmaceutical domains.

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