Call For Speakers

Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2016

Call for Speakers deadline Extended to Friday 18th December 2015

SECTION 1: Sharing Great Stories about EA

Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the Annual Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2016, scheduled for 13-16 June, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, UK. The conference is produced by IRM UK and this will again be co-located with the Business Process Management Conference 2016.

This is Europe's premier independent gathering for everyone involved in the EA community. It provides an unique and popular forum for sharing practical and diverse perspectives on EA. People typically attend from all over Europe, and the rest of the world, to explore each other's experiences of what works (and what doesn't), and to share their thoughts and ideas on how EA will develop into the future. It is both a celebration of EA's contribution and influence, and a stimulating look at how we can grow these further.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday 18 December 2015.

If you have a great EA-related story to tell, we would love to know. People want to see speakers present on how EA works in all kinds of enterprise - corporations, SMEs, charities, public sector, national and local government.

All selected speakers will be entitled to attend the first three days of the event free of charge.

We will be choosing keynotes, conference sessions and workshops on the following examples of themes and topics. If you have something we've not covered, please tell us anyway.

  • EA Success Stories
    Real-world case studies from all types of enterprise - on-the-ground examples of EA's contribution to business decision-making, and positive impacts on business performance.
  • Maximizing the Value of EA
    Effective management strategies for EA, choosing the best opportunities and interventions, demonstrating EA’s value
  • Developing the EA Capability
    Designing the EA team, growing the capabilities needed for success, integrating EA with enterprise culture, using the optimummix of in-house and external skills.
  • Tools, Frameworks, Methods and Techniques
    Selecting, investing in, and leveraging the tools-of-the-trade –such as modelling software, alternative frameworks, best-practice methods, and essential techniques.
  • Innovation, Enterprise Design, and Investing in Change
    Stimulating and guiding enterprise innovation, designing change, influencing investments, governing projects.
  • ‘Big Picture’ Business Trends
    Harnessing the architectural opportunities of big-picture business trends – such as Outside-In Enterprise Design, Customer Journeys and Experiences, Digital and Post-Digital Business, Internet-of-Things, AI and Robotics, Big Data, Cloud.
  • What's New and Next in EA?
    Innovating in EA itself – e.g. EA’s place in the organisation, value proposition, scope, primary focus, influence model, communication techniques.

Your submission can also help influence the design of the conference!  We finalise the conference themes and tracks based on what potential speakers tell us is happening in the real world of EA.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 18 December 2015.

Please read the Speaker Guidelines carefully (click here) before preparing your abstract, and click here to submit your proposal.

Please direct any questions about submissions to Jeremy Hall (jeremy.hall@irmuk.co,uk).

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available
Please contact Shane Mcglynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk.


SECTION 2: Some Speaker Guidelines:

Speaker Guidelines for EAC2016

Please read these guidelines carefully before you make your submission, and ensure it reaches us by 18th December 2015.

We are looking for:

  • One hour conference Keynotes (plan for 50 minutes speaking time, to allow for questions)
  • Fifty minute conference sessions (plan for 45 minutes speaking time, to allow for questions)
  • Post-Conference Workshops (3 hours or 6 hours)

We're always delighted by the number and diversity of submissions we receive.  In designing the programme and choosing submissions we take a wide range of factors into account, including feedback from previous conferences and the need  to provide an independent, diverse and balanced event.

A shortlist of the most promising abstracts is sent to an advisory panel, drawn from EA specialists and corporate practitioners, for comment before a final decision is made.

Please submit your abstract directly on our website using the submission form. You may submit more than one abstract.

Your abstract should keep strictly to the limit of 120 -150 words, clearly outlining your content. Please include 3 bullet points at the end to summarise your key messages.

Prepare your abstract ready for inclusion in the conference brochure, if we choose it.  Make sure it achieves the following objectives:

  • Provide enough information for us to evaluate your submission relative to others. To aid the evaluation, you may include additional relevant information in section 3C of the submission form.
  • Be attractive to conference attendees and help them to select the sessions most valuable to them, given their interests and level of maturity of their architecture experience.

Based on previous conference feedback and programme assessments, here are some tips to help you maximise your chances of being selected.

DO:

  • Be specific and concrete about what you will be presenting and how the audience will benefit from it. Do use the bullet points at the end to highlight the key 'takeaways'.
  • Demonstrate real-world achievements, showing examples of EA content if possible, and describing outcomes from applying it.
  • Highlight critical success factors and key learning points.
  • Push the envelope. Aim to stretch the audience with fresh insights and the benefit of your own experience. Or present a topic that would fully engage people at the CIO and CXO level.
  • Ensure that your presentation is really relevant to this conference. If your talk majors on a specialised topic, you should position it clearly in an overall enterprise architecture context.
  • Choose a title for the talk that clearly conveys the content of it.

AVOID:

  • Pitching specific products
  • Stating messages that are obvious
  • Exceeding the word count limit
  • Trying to cover too much ground in the time available.
  • Putting forward unsubstantiated theories or opinions
  • Using vague abstractions and jargon.

If you have presented recently at this conference on similar subject matter, we suggest that you use section 3C of the submission form to indicate how this presentation is different from what you have presented before. We welcome the opportunity to show how EA efforts are progressing over time or how ideas are evolving.

If you feel your submission is suitable for both EAC and the co-located BPM event, please indicate this. We will then decide where to slot it in, if it is selected.

If you are not sure whether your idea is suitable or not, please feel free to contact us to discuss it before making your submission. We can also help you refine your abstracts, and also can review your presentation decks when the time comes for you to produce them, provided that you do this well ahead of the deadline dates.

Please note that abstracts which are longer than the specified length will be edited down by us to fit the brochure and presented back to you for approval.

You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by the end of January 2016.

Click here to submit your proposal.

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to Jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk.

Jeremy Hall
IRM UK Strategic IT Training