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Milan Guenther – An Enterprise Design approach to leading change

Government, healthcare, finance, big tech, you name it: enterprises run our world and enable human agency at scale. Facing crisis, loss of trust and disruption, they call out for our help. “Make us resilient”, they say.

But what if we aimed beyond the chase for survival? Can we design better enterprises, to be more useful for people, and more successful in creating positive outcomes?

Bio: Milan’s work is about design applied to the enterprise level. He is president of the Intersection Group and a co-founder of Enterprise Design Associates. He works with enterprises of all shapes and sizes to bring entrepreneurship to life: designing brands, products and organisations to be useful, and making them actually deliver. His first book Intersection introduces this Enterprise Design approach, and he has been co-organising a conference series of the same name since 2014. Milan also teaches Enterprise Design at the School of Management of Innovation at Sciences Po Paris.


Gerben Wierda – Master or servant? Are we humans still ‘top dogs’ in this brave new world of massive IT?

IT used to be just a tool. Humans created the tool and humans used the tool. But some fundamental changes are happening. First, the separation between humans and their IT is disappearing. Our IT is becoming more and more integrated in our behaviour and it is our behaviour is what defines what we are. We are becoming ‘mental cyborgs’. Second, the volume of IT is becoming so large that the balance between human behaviour and IT-behaviour is moving from the absolute dominance of human behaviour to something else. Something where the independent behaviour of IT systems becomes key to understanding what is happening in the world.
We are no longer the clear masters, we operate in a setting where our will and intentions are less and less instrumental in what happens day to day. IT makes change of organisations harder, not easier. IT, by being a gatekeeper between us and reality is starting to strongly influence what we believe or how we can be interacted with and even decides what happens. Our freedom and our security are no longer a purely physical things. What is going to happen with our long, position as apparent masters of our environment? And what should we do?

Bio: Gerben C. Th. WIerda M.Sc. MBA (1961) works as enterprise architect (current role: Lead Architect) for APG, which manages approximately 600 Billion Euro in assets for roughly 5 million participants in a number of Dutch collective pension funds. Before that he was (amongst other things) Lead Architect of the Judiciary in The Netherlands, Head of the forensic IT department of the Dutch Forensic Institute.

In his spare time he is an independent author of blogs (of which the central one is and books, based on real world experiences in complex enterprises (of himself or his network) and (very occasionally) gives advice or provides training/coaching. His books are Mastering ArchiMate (now in its fourth edition) and Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture.

Gerben Wierda (LinkedIn)

R&A Enterprise Architecture (main site)
Book: Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture
Book: Mastering ArchiMate


Anneke Keller – More info to follow…

Resilient Organisations

Edzo Botjes – Defining Antifragility and the application on Organisation Design

The .com crisis of 2000, financial crisis of 2008 and the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 show us the importance for organisations to become resilient or even antifragile to survive (unexpected) external stressors. Research states that the current VUCA world will expose enterprises to more and more stressors. Resilience is the way a system bounces back from impact by a stressor. Antifragile is the way a system improves by impact by a stressor. Edzo will take you along in his findings of his master thesis and the EAAL model.

Resilient Systems

Edwin van Wijk – How to get a grip on your microservices system using a service-mesh

Many organizations are now building microservices based systems. But with the adoption of this architecture-style, the need arises for a good way to manage and monitor all the services and their traffic. To handle this, you can leverage what is called a service-mesh, which is explained by Edwin in this session.

Top Technology Trends

Alcedo Coenen – A low-code architecture for financial services. Good reasons, better challenges and best practices.

International Card Services (part of ABN AMRO group) has realised a completely renewed IT landscape with an architecture of low-code platforms. While many financial companies have chosen a way of high code, ICS has chosen for the low-code paradigm and wants to be a customer centric company. How that is working, both technical and organisational, will be the subject of this presentation.

Data as an Asset

Wil Janssen & Marlies Ricken – The value of personal data in an international perspective

Over the last few years, MyData Global has developed into a strong community that want to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. Therefore they have developed a reference model for personal data eco-systems. We will dive into this model and plot the different viewpoints, indicating the way they can be united and how they reinforce one another.

Soft Skills

Eltjo Poort & Annelore Luning – The human in the Solution

Understanding the human context of a solution still appears to be one of the hardest nuts to crack in architectural design. We bring anecdotal and quantified evidence of this problem, and discuss the growing number of tools architects have available to help us solve it.

Delivering Business Outcome over Ideal Target State

Is there an ideal target state? Are we able to define it? Are we able to achieve it? Or is ‘good enough’ good enough? Architecture is not the goal, but a means to an end: business outcome. Time nor money should be wasted on irrelevant aspects, both in creating and applying architecture.

It is important to have a coherent vision of the direction to move into. The big question is how much detail is needed for that to enable the teams that realize the desired changes. On Digital Architecture Design Day, we want to show you how applying architecture really supports delivering business outcome.