Speaker Guidelines: Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe

Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2020 – London UK – 26-29 October

Call For Speakers: Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2020

The 2019 programme has taken place and you can view the agenda here

We will be issuing the call for speakers for our 2020 conference in March 2020. If you would like to be informed when this has been published please e-mail jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk and mention which conference you would like to receive the call for speakers for. To give you some guidance of what to expect you can view the 2019 Call for Speakers below as the 2020 format will be similar to the one below.

For information on sponsorship opportunities including sponsored speaking sessions please contact shane@irmuk.co.uk

2019 Call for Speakers for your reference

The Deadline for Submissions has been extended to 26 April 2019


Celebrating and Growing EA’s Contribution and Influence

Presentation proposals are now being accepted for our Annual Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2019, scheduled for 21-24 October 2019 at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, UK. The conference is produced by IRM UK and will again be co-located with the Business Process Management Conference Europe 2019.

Do you or any of your team have a formal presentation to contribute to this event? Please note we limit two speakers per submission. The first speaker will be entitled to attend the first 3 days (21-23 October) of the event free of charge. The second speaker would have to pay a highly reduced fee (80% reduction) to attend the first 3 days (21-23 October) of the event.

There will also be a Business Architecture Track at the conference so we also invite you to submit proposals around this topic as well using the same link at the bottom of this page as for our EA conference submissions

This is Europe’s premier independent gathering for everyone involved in the EA community. It provides a unique and popular forum for sharing practical and diverse perspectives on EA. People typically attend from all over Europe, and the rest of the world, to explore each other’s experiences of what works (and what doesn’t), and to share their thoughts and ideas on how EA will develop into the future. It is both a celebration of EA’s business contribution and influence, and a stimulating look at how we can grow these even further.

Delegates have expressed a preference for how-to topics and case studies rather than theoretical or abstract topics. We would particularly like practitioners in the field to respond to this call for papers, and encourage new speakers to apply.  Success stories where investing in EA has resulted in measurable business benefits are very much appreciated.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 26 April 2019.

Case Studies

Case study proposals involving participants engaged in EA efforts associated with the topics listed below will be given preference in the selection process. If you are a consultant or technology vendor, your selection will be greatly aided by co-presenting with a client from an operational business or nonprofit agency.  Real experiences from practitioners in real organisations are always received positively. If you are a consulting professional a co-presentation with your client is recommended.

If you have a great EA-related story to tell, we would love to hear from you. People want to know how EA works best in all kinds of business with inspirational stories and real-world case studies from all types of enterprise –  corporations, SMEs, charities, public sector, national and local government.

We will be choosing keynotes, conference sessions and workshops on the following examples of themes and topics. If you have something we’ve not covered below, please tell us anyway.

EA Conference Europe 2019, Call for Presentations

The following outlines the themes for EA Europe 2019. The topics shown will be a guide for the selection of speakers. Topics similar to or related to those shown will be considered as well if they support the overall message of the event. There will also be a Business Architecture track at the event and you can also submit on this topic here.

EA’s Contribution, Influence and Business Leadership 
  • What have you found to be effective management strategies for EA? How do you choose the most relevant EA proposition, scope, and interventions, and build working relationships with business leaders to manage economic and political uncertainty.
  • EAs have the breadth of skills and organisation knowledge to stimulate and influence business innovation, design change, guide investments, and govern project portfolios. How are you contributing to business innovation, enterprise design, and investing in change.
Developing Your Organisation’s EA Capability
  • Are you re-designing your EA team to grow the capabilities needed for success? Is EA integrating with your business organisation and culture? Are you using the optimum mix of in-house and external skills? Has the process of EA adapted to meet the changing project approaches for Agile development?
  • Are EA and Business Architecture two different teams in your organisation, one team with different specialities or some other configuration?. How do your business leaders weigh-up the benefits of investing in Enterprise Architecture, Business Architecture, or a combination of the two.
Today’s EA Tools, Frameworks, Methods and Techniques
  • Selecting, investing in, and leveraging the tools-of-the-trade for modelling and design can be a major challenge for an EA team. What software, alternative frameworks, best-practice methods, and essential techniques would you recommend to your peers? How have the methods and tools evolved in your organisation and in your time as an EA?
  • Are you using the new machine learning and process automation capabilities to create the “Augmented EA”, acquiring and analysing more data, spotting patterns and trends, producing faster decisions?
EA and the ‘Big Picture’ Business and Technology Trends
  • EA patterns are constantly evolving with the application of new business models to traditional industries and new technologies making what was once the domain of supercomputers now available in the palm of your hand. How has your enterprise’s architecture changed to harness these ‘big picture’ business and technology trends?
  • Have you been an early adopter? If so what are the patterns and pitfalls for connected consumers, personalised experiences, platform versus linear business models, digital and post-digital business, internet of things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality.

Your submission can also help influence the design of the conference!  We finalise the conference themes and tracks based on what potential speakers tell us is happening in the real world of EA.

The deadline for submissions is 26 April 2019.

Please read the Speaker Guidelines below carefully before preparing your abstract, and submit your proposal in the Application Form Section accessed at the bottom of this page.

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to Jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk &  Shane Mcglynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available
Please contact Shane Mcglynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk.

SECTION 2: Speaker Guidelines:

Speaker Guidelines for EAC2019

Please read these guidelines carefully before you make your submission, and ensure it reaches us by 26 April 2019.

We are looking for:

  • Fifty minute conference sessions (plan for 45 minutes speaking time, to allow for questions)
  • Pre & Post Conference Workshops (3 hours or 6 hours)
  • One hour conference Keynotes (plan for 50 minutes speaking time, to allow for questions)

We’re always delighted by the number and diversity of submissions we receive.  In designing the programme and choosing submissions we take a wide range of factors into account, including feedback from previous conferences and the need  to provide an independent, diverse and balanced event.

A shortlist of the most promising abstracts is sent to an advisory panel, drawn from EA specialists and corporate practitioners, for comment before a final decision is made on the programme.

Please submit your abstract directly on our website using the submission form accessed at the bottom of this page.  You may submit more than one abstract.

Your abstract should keep strictly to the limit of 120 -150 words, clearly outlining your content. Please also add 3 bullet points at the end to summarise your key messages on what delegates will learn.  Abstracts that are consistent with this requirement are much more likely to be considered seriously so please take care in writing your description.

Prepare your abstract ready for inclusion in the conference brochure, if we choose it.  Make sure it achieves the following objectives:

  • Provide enough information for us to evaluate your submission relative to others. To aid the evaluation, you may include additional relevant information in section 3C of the submission form.
  • Be attractive to conference attendees and help them to select the sessions most valuable to them, given their interests and level of maturity of their architecture experience.

Based on previous conference feedback and programme assessments, here are some tips to help you maximise your chances of being selected.


  • Be specific and concrete about what you will be presenting and how the audience will benefit from it. Do use the bullet points at the end to highlight the key ‘takeaways’.
  • Demonstrate real-world achievements, showing examples of EA content if possible, and describing outcomes from applying it.
  • Highlight critical success factors and key learning points.
  • Push the envelope. Aim to stretch the audience with fresh insights and the benefit of your own experience. Or present a topic that would fully engage people at the CIO and CXO level.
  • Ensure that your presentation is really relevant to this conference. If your talk majors on a specialised topic, you should position it clearly in an overall enterprise architecture context.
  • Choose a title for the talk that clearly conveys the content of it.


  • Pitching specific products
  • Stating messages that are obvious
  • Exceeding the word count limit
  • Trying to cover too much ground in the time available.
  • Putting forward unsubstantiated theories or opinions
  • Using vague abstractions and jargon.

If you have presented recently at this conference on similar subject matter, we suggest that you use section 3C of the submission form to indicate how this presentation is different from what you have presented before. We welcome the opportunity to show how EA efforts are progressing over time or how ideas are evolving.

If you feel your submission is suitable for both EAC and the co-located BPM event, please indicate this. We will then decide where to slot it in, if it is selected.

If you are not sure whether your idea is suitable or not, please feel free to contact us to discuss it before making your submission. We can also help you refine your abstracts, and also can review your presentation decks when the time comes for you to produce them, provided that you do this well ahead of the deadline dates. A shortlist of the most promising abstracts is sent to an advisory panel, drawn from EA specialists and corporate practitioners, for comment before a final decision is made on the programme.

Please note that abstracts which are longer than the specified length will be edited down by us to fit the brochure and presented back to you for approval.

You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by the beginning of May 2019.

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to Jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk &  Shane Mcglynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk

Jeremy Hall
IRM UK Strategic IT Training

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available 
Please contact Shane Mcglynn at shane@irmuk.co.uk.

Click here to submit your proposal by completing the Application Form