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Dave West, Author, Object Thinking

 Dave  West Dave West has almost 40 years experience as an IT developer, consultant, and educator. He is best known for his work in OO and Agile with a focus on design and architecture. He also has an extensive background in cultural anthropology and Buddhist philosophy and he therefore brings a unique perspective to his work in software definition and development.

Presentation: "Introduction: The Enterprise-IT Ecology"

Time: Thursday 10:20 - 10:30

Location: City

Abstract: How can IT be better integrated with the enterprise? Business decisions that drive IT. Can IT recover from its current "commodity" status and once again become a strategic driver for the enterprise? This type of question and topic will be addressed in this track.

Presentation: "Enculturating Master Craftspeople"

Time: Thursday 10:30 - 11:30

Location: Stanford

Abstract: The world increasingly recognizes that software development is a craft. But where to craftsmen come from? The educational system and corporate training programs are ill suited to the generation of craftsmen and certainly not master craftsmen. This presentation will outline a method, a curriculum, and an environment conducive to mastery of the software craft.

Presentation: "Enterprise-IT Ecology"

Time: Thursday 11:45 - 12:45

Location: City

Abstract: The dream has always been: "erasing the artificial lines between business and Information Technology (IT) so that IT becomes a ubiquitous, integral and vital asset to the company and leads decision-making, structural change and enterprise-wide quality initiatives, drives efficiency and revenue, and provides measurable, clear return on investment." This presentation will discuss why that has not happened and how it still can become a reality.

Training: "Designing the Enterprise"

Track: Tutorial

Time: Monday 13:00 - 16:00

Location: Concordia

This tutorial will begin with a short outline of what is necessary to implement a "business ecology" - an in depth integration of the business with IT to support innovation, adaptability, and strategy. Most of the tutorial will focus on specific objectives that must be satisfied to design and implement a business ecology along with practical techniques to realize those objectives.