Soft Skills for Architects
A critical set of skills for the effective Enterprise Architect and Business Architect

Facilitators

Meet our workshop facilitators.

 
 Ken Naigus

Ken Naigus

lead Workshop facilitator and creator

Ken Naigus

KEN NAIGUS is an experienced business consultant with expertise in the domains of business strategy, change management, creativity and innovation, strategic planning, and information systems planning. He has developed an approach to problem-solving that blends these disciplines with contemporary thinking about leadership, knowledge, and organizational learning. His work focuses on helping teams and individuals break out of existing modes of thinking to generate new ideas and implement them.

He has served as an internal consultant for three major corporations: Electronic Data Systems (EDS), General Motors, and Walt Disney Co. With EDS, he was instrumental in the design and implementation of a corporate transformation program that engaged over 100 top executives. On a smaller scale, he is equally at home designing simple creativity sessions for small teams and providing leadership coaching to individuals. With General Motors, Ken served in a variety of roles within corporate and divisional information systems organizations. He served as an executive in operational roles, managing teams engaged in customer service, marketing and planning, and systems development and implementation. He also served in GM’s corporate business strategy department, providing leadership in the design and implementation of strategic initiatives. With Walt Disney Co., Ken was Director of IT Governance, driving improved decision making and alignment across multiple organizations.

Through his experiences in leadership and operations, Ken has come to realize that achieving success in business initiatives is enhanced by taking a holistic view of the enterprise, augmenting the economic and analytical side of problem solving with social and personal considerations. In his consulting work, Ken strives to ensure that all elements of the system are factored into the equation when change is needed. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 
 

 
 
 Sam Holcman

Sam Holcman

Chairman of the Architectures Center of Excellence

Sam Holcman

SAMUEL B. (Sam) HOLCMAN is the Chairman of the Pinnacle Business Group, Inc., the Managing Director of the Enterprise Architecture Center Of Excellence (EACOE), and the Business Architecture Center Of Excellence (BACOE), and the President of the Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement (ZIFA). He is considered the “practitioners practitioner” in Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture, and the leading implementer and world-wide educator and trainer in Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture methodologies and techniques.

The Pinnacle Business Group, Inc. and its associated organizations provide its clients with innovative, yet practical solutions to a range of business and systems related challenges and activities. Mr. Holcman conceptualized and constructed a unique look at system development methodologies, which resulted in the highly regarded ForeSightTM methodology and methodology management product.

He has developed a strategic planning process that is used by many Fortune 500 companies, and is the co-developer of the widely used accelerated analysis (JAD-like) technique known as Rapid Analysis. He has also developed an innovative approach to Business Process Re-Engineering known as Business Process VisualizationTM and Organization Network AnalysisTM.

In association with Mr. John Zachman, he formed The Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement (ZIFA), to explore, explain, and share the concepts of enterprise architecture. He has developed the Intellectual Capital Maturity ModelTM and the Enterprise Architecture Maturity Model. He has also developed and published works on Cooperatively Optimized Relationships (COR). To better understand an organizations “DNA”, Sam led the development of The Enterprise FrameworkTM and The Business Architecture FrameworkTM. Both The Enterprise Framework, and The Business Architecture Framework have received worldwide acclaim for their understandability, and usability, while maintaining theoretical purity. He recently published “Reaching the Pinnacle—a Methodology of Business Understanding, Technology Planning, and Change”.

Sam was with Ford Motor Company for 11 years, Vice President of a robotics and factory automation firm for two years, a senior member of a technology delegation to the People’s Republic of China, and a member of a technology delegation to the Commonwealth of Independent States (Soviet Union).

Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been elected to Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering honors society), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society), and is a member of numerous societies and professional organizations, and is a frequent speaker at seminars around the world.

 
 

 
 
 Dana Baer

Dana Baer

ASSOCIATE Presenter

Dana Baer

DANA BAER has been practicing Enterprise Architecture for over 10 years. She has used Enterprise Architecture techniques to develop strategic roadmaps at corporations large and small. She hopes to use her educational background in Social Work to help improve your learning.

She is highly skilled in developing process visualizations including budget forecasts, management processes, and project priority organizational charts to improve functionality within each organization. She has experience educating personnel on Enterprise Architecture techniques and conducting workshops with business partners to discuss and validate findings.

At the Pinnacle Business Group, she assists Sam Holcman in the EACOE workshops educating participants in the EACOE Enterprise Architecture methodology.

Dana is also an adjunct professor at Kent State University teaching Enterprise Architecture in their School of Digital Sciences. She is skilled in Enterprise Architecture, Business Architecture, Business Analysis, and Process Modeling and Analysis.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. Dana is an EACOE certified Enterprise Architect fellow.