Career SummaryAlan Simmonds has over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, focusing mainly in the area of information strategy, governance and enterprise architecture. He has also been instrumental in setting up two successful companies.
He has played a key role for two global organisations in helping them to understand, adopt and implement governance processes - one involved ensuring that a major UK bank met the requirements of the FSA and the second involved creating the governance schedules and defining the governance for a major French industrial gas organisation's global telecommunications outsourcing contract. Both included the establishing of the correct structures and the change programmes required to embed these.
He has a good understanding of how regulatory issues can be converted into actionable processes and can ensure that these are embedded successfully into the organisation's culture and processes while at the same time managing the operational and compliance risks. He has been involved in many diverse projects ranging from the strategic use of reuse through to campaign management. His experience in a number of industries, particularly the banking sector, allows him to integrate with projects and clients across industry sectors.
His MBA dissertation 'Technology Governance - A Model for Enablement and Advantage', brings together his considerable understanding of information management and strategy with current business thinking into strategy and competitive advantage highlighting the value and usage of information in this mix. More recently, his LLM supports the ongoing requirement to understand and address legislative and policy obligations from organization through to national level.
Alan has contributed to TOGAF (governance initiative) and several other global standards.
Alan is Certified by The Open Group as an Applied TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture Practitioner. Alan has a strong academic background with Bachelors of Science and Arts in Psychology related disciplines and a MBA in Strategy and Governance. He has been a strong contributor to the development of various global standards, including TOGAF and COBIT and has trained over 2,000 practitioners around the world in TOGAF alone.
Alan's credentials include :
- The Open Group Certified: Applied TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture Practitioner
- The Open Group Certified: TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture Practitioner
- The Open Group Certified: IT4IT™ Foundation
- The Open Group Certified: TOGAF® Business Architecture Foundation
- The Open Group Certified: TOGAF® Business Architecture Level 1
- The Open Group Certified: TOGAF® Essentials 2018
- The Open Group Certified: TOGAF® Standard, Version 9.2
- The Open Group Certified: TOGAF® 9 Certified
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