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Wednesday, April 29 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Keynote: It's Good to Be Architect

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Many companies and communities associate the title "architect" with negative connotations: architects are people who live in the ivory tower, are out of touch with reality, and make poor decisions driven by the quest for irrelevant and unobtainable technical ideals. Because these architects can't code, they relentlessly bestow their thoughts upon developers with diagrams and wall-sized posters. 

Still, architecture is more relevant than ever. New digital business models require new architectures: many advances in distributed architectures are driven by the internet giants, who are building infrastructures to support their fast-moving businesses at the bleeding edge of innovation. Not too far behind, "traditional" corporate IT is also moving from a mere cost center to a business enabler and driver, with architects playing a key role as the connecting element between business and IT.

Is being a software architect not so bad after all? Or are we just getting cozy in the world of perfect, but irrelevant, designs? The anecdotes and war stories from a Silicon Valley developer turned corporate IT architect aim to provide some insights into our field and our mission.

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Gregor Hohpe

As Chief IT Architect at Allianz, Gregor Hohpe is responsible for driving the digital transformation of the Allianz IT. Gregor draws on 15 years’ experience in Silicon Valley and 5 years in Tokyo where he optimized mobile advertising and connected online and physical worlds for Google. He is widely known as a co-author of the seminal book Enterprise Integration Patterns and as a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. His... Read More →

Wednesday April 29, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
4. Salon C: General Sessions

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