Raymond Wessels

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Advisory Consultant: Business Consulting at BCX

Topic : Applying TOGAF in the Public Sector


The variety of frameworks and methods used by government departments to develop ICT plans led to an inconsistency of plans across government and agencies. To address this inconsistency, the Government Information Technology Officers Council (GITOC) Standing Committee on Architecture (SCARC) developed the South African Government Wide Enterprise Architecture (GWEA) Framework in 2009 as a minimum standard to be used across all government departments and agencies.

The GWEA framework is derived from TOGAF 9 and prescribes a method and defines the minimum components of an ICT plan. The framework did not provide sufficient guidance on how to implement it in Government. In order to rectify this, an implementation guide was introduced in 2010. The guide proposes principles and models, and goes a long way to assist departments in developing comprehensive architectures and strategic plans.

Both the GWEA framework and TOGAF 9 have aged, and more modern expressions of business and the ICT landscape are needed to support Government in defining imperatives  such as; customer service and experience requirements, digitalised processes and a digital architecture. Our presentation will explore an example of the models that are helping Government to understand their citizen requirements, and are enabling a digital view of the future.



Raymond Wessels is an advisory consultant with a background in designing the future digital platform for organizations and assisting business and IT to visualize and realize this through his proven abilities to plan, co-ordinate, deliver and complete complex architectures and solutions.

Prior to this, Raymond was head of the Business Consulting team at BCX for three years and managed the IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, and IT Governance consulting team for five years. Other posts include Enterprise Architect at Global Frontier Holdings and management of the BCX Enterprise Architecture team for six years.

Raymond has a total 40 years of experience in information technology and his industry experience ranges from twelve years in mining, ten years in banking, eleven years in financial services, two years in telecommunications and sixteen years in the IT consulting industry.

His skills include digital business, program and project management, business case development, change assurance, CIO advisory services, IT strategy development, enterprise architecture establishment, development and management, information architecture and IT governance.

Other specific disciplines include customer relationship management, customer service experience management, business process management, information management and data governance. He has been advising Chief Information Officers for the last fifteen years in the areas of planning, management, governance, organization structure and strategy.