Paul Van Der Merwe
Executive Insights Speaker

Paul Van Der Merwe

Head of Enterprise Architecture

Paul guided the development and implementation of Real IRM’s Enterprise Architecture (EA) approach which is included in TOGAF 9 as a best practice. He also led the development of the enterprise-wide transformation roadmap for Nedbank that was awarded the iCMG’s 2015 Global Enterprise & IT Architecture Excellence award for Transformation and Planning. Paul is passionate about EA and is promoting it as a discipline and profession on an ongoing basis. He was the Chair of the Architecture Forum of The Open Group in 2009, the body that develops and owns TOGAF. He is currently leading the EA practice in Standard Bank Group evolving a platform architecture that is aligned to the Group’s vision in transforming into a platform-based business that goes beyond financial services.
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Tuesday, 08 November, 2022 / 02:30 PM - 02:50 PM CET
Executive Insights Case Study: Understanding Complexity Drives Change / Enterprise Architecture in a Platform World

In August 2021 the Standard Bank Group (SBG) CEO unveiled a new growth blueprint, Our Future-Ready Transformation Journey that outlined our 2025 ambition of becoming a platform business “We don’t want to be the shop, we want to be the mall.” Although this is a simple statement there is huge complexity locked up in it. SBG is the largest bank in Africa as of 2021, with total assets worth nearly 173 billion U.S. dollars.
The Enterprise Architecture (EA) function was invited to participate in the unpacking of this strategy. This presentation will share the challenges faced by EA to communicate the key concepts of this change, true to the words of John Zachman “the reasons you need Architecture are complexity and change”.
Delegates will learn:
• EA can enable strategy
• Complexity can be explained through analogies
• Understanding complexity brings focus
• Techniques introduced by EA

Join us to hear from Gartner experts and thought leaders.