James Thomas

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Enterprise Architecture Lead at the South African Reserve Bank

Topic: Enterprise Architecture as a City Plan for a Central Bank 


The Enterprise Architecture (EA) team at SARB is tasked with optimising business and technology integration, and, as such, we are constantly challenged to improve how we translate terms across the business and IT (information technology) boundaries while making ourselves more 
comprehensible. To this end, we’ve used an analogy to explain some of the core concepts and deliverables the team is working on: City Planning.
This session will provide an overview of the key elements of enterprise architecture, will delve into some key components like a zoning model, and will assist practitioners and stakeholders to improve collaboration and communication for the greater good of any type of enterprise.


James has broad experience in the information technology environment with over 30 years in the field. In addition, he has experience in business management, sales and project management, and has interfaced extensively with senior and executive management of various medium to large enterprises in South Africa, the African continent and internationally. His roles span a broad range from technical specialist, through pre-sales engineer, solution designer, solution architect, trainer/lecturer, security architect, enterprise architect, business architect, to team lead, manager and director. James has formal qualifications in business management and project management, with numerous certifications including TOGAF, Archimate, SABSA, Certified Business Architect (CBA), SAFe and COBIT.