Industrial keynote: Using Conceptual Modelling in (IT) Projects: A Practitioner's View

November 8th, 16:30 - 17:30

IT professionals , explicitly or implicitly , develop conceptual models when trying to produce a high level description of the fundamental principles and the main functionalities of the “systems” (understood in the most general way: Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure Blueprints, Information Systems, Database Systems, etc) they want to implement. They do it because they want:

  1. Enhance the understanding of the “users”
  2. Facilitate the dialogue among system’s stakeholders
  3. Provide system designers with an input to produce system specifications at different levels
  4. Document the system for future reference and collaboration activities

There several relevant questions to IT practitioners about the use of conceptual modelling that author will try to cover in his presentation on his more than 40 years of professional experience in the public sector as well as his conversations with hundreds of IT professionals in the public and private sectors

  1. Why “conceptual modelling” is considered by many IT professionals as “too theoretical” or “too heavy”?
  2. Which are the barriers and facilitators for its more formal adoption?
  3. Is there a contradiction between “being agile” (for instance using agile development methodologies like Scrum) and the formal use of conceptual models?
  4. What can be done about it?

The author will try to illustrate the answer to some of the above mentioned questions based on the results on an informal survey filled in by many of his contacts in public and private sectors.

  • Francisco García Morán is a retired official from the European Commission (EC) and currently Special Advisor for the Structural Reform Support Service. Former Chief IT Advisor of the EC, he advised the European Commission, other EU Institutions and Member States on Digital Policies, eGovernment, Interoperability, IT Governance, IT Management, and IT Security. He joined the European Commission in 1986 and was appointed Director General of Informatics, the Directorate General he helped to create, in 2005. He has been member representative of the European Commission in the Management Board of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), member of World Bank's HLEG (High Level E Transformation Group) and External member of the IT Architecture Committee of the European Central Bank and member of the IT Advisory Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He supervised the CERT-EU since October 1st 2012 until he moved to his current position. During the Academic Year 2014-2015 he was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley where he was doing research on "The Future of Digital Public Services". He has been awarded the Order of Civil merit by the King of Spain for his successful professional career in public administration

    Francisco Garcia-Moran