North American User Group

knowledge exchange & networking opportunity
Chicago Enterprise Architect Users Group

We welcome your attendance at the User Group meeting Chicago on Thursday 16th of November 2017. Join us to share your experience and network with senior representatives from Sparx Systems HQ and Sparx Services North America, Partners and industry stakeholders.

This year has seen Sparx Systems' presence in the US increased with the launch of Sparx Services North America. There have also been a number of significant product releases in Pro Cloud Server, WebEA and Enterprise Architect 13.5.

Sparx COO Tom O'Reilly will deliver a presentation to showcase the latest releases of our products, including Enterprise Architect 14.

The Chicago User Group event will also host several presentations from leading industry experts and solutions partners, who will provide insightful case studies and valuable best practice solutions. Attendees will also enjoy a networking lunch, providing a perfect environment to foster collaboration and long lasting professional relationships.

Schedule: North American User Group - Chicago
7:45am Arrival & Registration
8:15am Welcome Announcement Chris Armstrong, President
Sparx Systems North America
8:30am Enterprise Architect 14, Pro Cloud Server & WebEA Tom O'Reilly,
Sparx Systems COO
9:15am BA, PM, and EA success stories from the trenches Ramsay Millar,
10:00am Refreshments Break
10:15am Modeling a SABSA® based Enterprise Security Architecture using Enterprise Architect Frank Truyen,
Cephas Consulting
11:00am Retail – From Strategy to Data with Enterprise Architect Richard Halter,
Chief Technology Architect, ARTS
11:45am Networking Lunch
1:15pm Who Has and Wants What and Why:
Identifying Mismatched, Aligned and Mysterious Motivations in a Business Ecosystem
Stephen Clark,
Business Architect, Ameriprise
2:00pm Feature-based Product Line Engineering Meets MBE:
The Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect/BigLever Software Gears Bridge
Glenn Meter, VP Integrations
& Support, BigLever Software
2:45pm Refreshments Break
3:00pm Using Enterprise Architect at American Electric Power Margaret Goodrich,
Project Consultants LLC
3:45pm US Government Business Enterprise Architecture compliance using Enterprise Architect J.D. Baker, Systems Engineer
& OMG Board Member
4:30pm Closing Announcement & Networking


Tom O'Reilly

Tom O’Reilly, Chief Operations Officer of Sparx Systems has had a 17 year career in consulting and development in the IT field. Tom’s technical background has included extensive exposure to a variety of technologies, languages and tools in the fields of Internet, enterprise architecture, software development, database and project management.

Since joining Sparx Systems in 2004, Tom has been at the forefront of Enterprise Architect’s web presence, marketing and sales. Sparx Systems flagship product Enterprise Architect is used by close to 650,000 effective users world-wide. Tom is dedicated to communicating the real-world value of Enterprise Architect across all industry domains.

Richard Halter

Richard Halter has been the Association of Technology Standards (ARTS) Chief Technology Architect since 1999.

He has helped create an extensive set of standards and guidance for use in the retail, convenience and foodservice industry. To explain ARTS he wrote a book called “ARTS for Retail”.

Frank Truyen

Frank is the President of Cephas Consulting Corp., a firm specializing since 2001 in the introduction of modeling notations such as UML® and BPMN™ into software development organizations.

Cephas customers can draw upon Frank’s twenty plus years of extensive experience as a manager, architect and developer, as well as leverage his in depth technical knowledge of the Enterprise Architect tool from Sparx Systems.

Ramsay Miller

Millar is a proven expert in the areas of business and enterprise architecture transformations involving the collaboration of business leaders, enterprise architects, business analysts, projects managers, and is a loyal Sparx Systems Partner since 2001.

Ramsay has demonstrated the ability to harmonize and bring together diverse skill sets meet time, budget, and the stated vision of the leaders he serves. He began his career as a business and technology transformation early adopter and is highly practiced in the areas of project management, business analysis, business architecture and enterprise architecture.

Ramsay offers his consulting practice, and mentorship workshops to a diverse international client base through INTEGRATE iT. Ramsay shares “insights from the road” gathered during his many, consulting and training events.

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong, President of Sparx Systems, North America, is an internationally recognized thought leader in enterprise architecture, formal modeling, process improvement, systems and software engineering, requirements management, and agile development.

Mr. Armstrong represents APG at The Open Group, the Object Management Group and the Eclipse Foundation. Mr. Armstrong is a co-chair of the TOGAF Certification Standing Committee (CSC) and EA Capability Improvement project, was a significant contributor to TOGAF 9, and is contributing to the next version of TOGAF, ArchiMate, and IT4IT. Mr. Armstrong is certified in TOGAF, ArchiMate, Open FAIR, UML, and SysML.

Margaret Goodrich

Ms. Margaret Goodrich has over thirty years experience with emphasis in project management and all support and production areas within the Software Industry. Ms. Goodrich, under contract to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), has been the Test Coordinator/Test Director for the CIM Interoperability Tests since 2005. Ms. Goodrich has also served on several EPRI and IEC Working Groups to establish industry standards surrounding data exchange and application programming interfaces.

Ms. Goodrich is the sole Owner of Project Consultants, LLC, a services and integration company providing solutions to the Utility industry around the world. Ms. Goodrich continues to provide her services as Test Director for industry interoperability testing.

J.D. Baker

J.D. Baker is a recognized expert in software and system architecture, systems engineering, software development, iterative/agile development, object-oriented analysis and design, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), the UML Profile for Systems Engineering (SysML), use case driven requirements, and process improvement.

J.D. is a member of the Object Management Group Architecture Board and Co-Chair of the Process Metamodeling SIG. Within the OMG, he has participated in the development of UML, OMG SysML, the UML Profile for DoDAF and MODAF, and the Software and System Process Engineering Meta-model (SPEM). He also belongs to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Model-based Systems Engineering and Requirements Working Groups.

Glenn Meter

Glenn Meter is responsible for defining and implementing integration strategies for the ongoing expansion of BigLever’s industry-standard Product Line Engineering (PLE) Lifecycle Framework and PLE Ecosystem. In addition to overseeing the company’s support organization, Meter collaborates with partners and third party tool vendors to plan and manage integration efforts that meet customer demand.

Prior to BigLever, Meter worked as Director of Development Environments for Metrowerks, a subsidiary of Freescale Semiconductor, where he managed development of the company's CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment. Meter began his career in software tools development at Carnegie Mellon University.

Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark has a 25-year professional history focused on global organizational design, change management, product design and program/portfolio delivery. He helps align technical investment opportunities with strategic business goals, objectives and tactical necessities across financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and distribution domains.

A background in requirements engineering has been central to consultative and corporate successes. Since 2011, Stephen has worked in both the Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Technology’ Enterprise Program Management Office as a Requirements Visualization Practice Manager and as a Business Architect within the ColumbiaThreadneedle Financial (Asset Management) division. OMG’ UML, BMM, BPM, CMMN, MOF, OCL and XML specifications are all sources of previous or ongoing applied interest.


East-West University

We have selected East-West University as the venue for the North America User Group event, due to the ideal central location as well as perfectly suited facilities to cater for the day.

Presentations, break out sessions and networking spaces have been selected to encourage knowledge exchange and development of valued partnerships for future growth of the end user community.

Centrally located on Michigan Avenue, East-West University is easily accessed via a variety of transport options, with quality restaurants and accommodation facilities nearby.