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Arch-a-thon Workshop

To provide participants with hands-on, practical skills to use in addressing a provided business problem end-to-end, from definition to solution, using the architectural tools available. The Arch-a-thon workshop: defining, designing, and mapping the Business Capabilities and developing a solution from different architecture point of views.


Using architectural skills, experience and tools you will develop a solution model to a defined Business Requirement.


To involve participants in delivering the practical value of architecture, and to engage in learning as part of a competitive team environment.


To provide participants with knowledge and practical skills in understanding a business requirement from definition to solution using the architectural tools available.


  1. End to end understanding of the architecture process
  2. Multiple architecture expert areas and motivational viewpoints explored.
  3. Presentation.



Tools and Materials Needed:


David Ching

Biography: David Ching is an entrepreneur with a reputation for integrity and innovation. An Engineer by education, he has brought a systems perspective to the development of software products for different markets. He has founded or co-founded companies in the software industry. His first products provided real-time process control and plant management software to the manufacturing and public utilities markets. With his engineering and systems background, he took those concepts to managing middleware technology in IT environments, looking at middleware as a system rather than a technology silo. His products have been recognized as the best-of-breed by many analysts in the software industry and are used by many of the Fortune 500 companies in financial, insurance, federal government, telecom and manufacturing industries. He is currently employed at Prime Therapeutics LLC, delivering SaaS solutions for the healthcare industry. David has a BS, MCE and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Youssef Haddad

Biography: Youssef is a thought leader with over 25 years in Information Technology with experience in areas such as leadership, management, enterprise architecture, software engineering, databases design, education and training.

Youssef is currently serving as the Enterprise Application Architect for the State of Minnesota. Some of Youssef Duties are overseeing the policy and Architecture standard for the delivery of the State IT services.

Youssef is the cofounder of the Midwest Architecture Community Collaboration (MACC) and serve as board member for the AEA and IASA. Some of Youssef accomplishments are the architecting designing and launching of www.mn.gov, website, www.bestbuy.com website, www.careerOneStop.org , and the e-licensing system for the state of Minnesota.

Youssef was the recipient of the Minnesota High Tech Association “Tekne Awards” for the best architecture on the carrerOneStop.org for the 2009.

Johan Wettstrom

Biography: Johan Wettstrom has helped companies solve business and technical problem for 30 years. He has worked mainly for software and consulting companies. Johan’s specialty is as an IT Solution, Application and Technical Architect on Microsoft Technology stack. He has architected and implemented systems in Banking, Financial, Energy, Retail, e-Commerce, ERP, Device Configuration and Sales Automation among other segments. Johan is owner of Tech Edge Solutions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a consulting company specializing in Microsoft Technology stack. He is also a member of the Iasa Minnesota Chapter Board since the inception of the chapter.

Slides and Handouts

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