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AAN & X:ED Present; Attracting, Retaining and Getting the Best from Your Architects feat. Tom Graves, Sydney

19th Oct 2015


After another successful event in Melbourne last Thursday, the next chapter of the Xpand X:ED and the Australasian Architecture  Network series on “Attracting, Retaining and Getting the Best from your Architects” is heading to Sydney this Thursday the 22nd of October and will be held in our usual location of Xpand’s Millers Point HQ.

We are pleased to announce that we are fortunate enough to have author and thought leader in enterprise architecture- Tom Graves doing a repeat of his 30 minute presentation for our Sydney event and we will also have an incredible line up of talented industry professionals for our panel and Q & A session.

Our first panellist of the evening will be Ian Morris, Senior Director - Enterprise Architecture, ANZ at Oracle;


Prior to returning to Oracle, Ian was Group General Manager at Stellar, a leading Australian Call Centre Outsourcer, architecting and executing customer strategies. When previously at Oracle he spent 5 years running APAC CRM,ERP & HCM Pre Sales teams, based out of Singapore for much of this time.

Ian originally moved to Singapore to head up DBS Bank’s call centres then lead the architecture and implementation of a Bank wide CRM program (Siebel Software) including people, process, technology and data transformation as the CRM Program Director for DBS Bank Singapore. Six years at TeleTech, a global outsourcing company and many years in operations ensures Ian views solutions through the customer's lens. His roles have spanned multiple industry verticals and included General Management, Change Management, Operational Management, Training and Development, Pre-Sales and Sales.  Ian brings this combination of customer and vendor experience to ensure our solutions are architected to leverage Oracle’s comprehensive capability to maximize our customer's ROI.

Our second panellist for the evening is David Wright- Chief Architect, Risk, Security & Technology Innovation - Origin Energy;


David’s role as Chief Architect speaks to his professional interest and passion in ensuring organisations derive the optimum value from their investments in IT. We have more choice than ever before around our technology options and, very simply, architecture is a tool to assist in making these choices in an evidence based, consistent and informed way. Outside of work, he is married with one kid, lives on the Northern Beaches and a sure fire way of grabbing his attention is to talk to him about sailing.

Luke Mclean, Professional Services Director at Brennan IT;


Over the past 17 years, Luke has successfully performed numerous roles including, Director of Professional Services (both Australia and APAC), General Manager/State Manager and State Practice Manager, having been employed by Data#3, Dimension Data, Insight Enterprises, Thomas Duryea and Brennan IT in these capacities.

In his current role as Professional Sevices Director for Brennan IT he is responsible for leading combined teams of approximately 60 staff, across the Presales/Solutions Architect team; the Project Services Practice; the IT Services Practice; the Business Solutions (SharePoint/.Net) Practice; and the Project Management Office.

And our final panellist for the evening is Peter Cox, Head of Architecture and Innovation Services at Newscorp Australia;


Despite years helping businesses make the most of their technology, Peter Cox hadn't heard of enterprise architecture until 2008. That's when, ahead of a major project, a couple of EAs were brought in to facilitate transformation sessions. He liked what he saw. The experience gave him a name to describe what he'd been trying to achieve in a business fixated with the next edition deadline. Journalist, media production specialist, technical delivery manager, enterprise architect and now architecture team lead, Peter is aiming to continue learning fast on the job."

If you woulld like to know more about the event or to RSVP, click here to go to our Meet-ups page and remember to do so as soon as possible as numbers are limited!

We look forward to seeing you all there on Thursday with a drink in one hand and a pizza in the other!