George S. Paras
Mr. Paras is a widely recognized mentor/coach, speaker, and thought leader in Enterprise Architecture, Strategy, Business Architecture, Transformation,Portfolio Management, Organization and Governance. He has guided hundreds of companies, offering practical advice on introducing, refining and sustaining these core disciplines. Mr. Paras and his co-founder Tim Westbrock created EAdirections in 2006 to bring their unique mix of experience, creativity, insights, and pragmatism to the market as executive coaches. Their mission is to improve the skills and success of senior leaders and their teams. Previously, he led EA research and provided IT Leadership coaching in his position as Director of the Enterprise Planning and Architecture Strategies group at META Group. He has also served as Vice President of Strategy at Troux Technologies, as the Senior Enterprise Architect at United Airlines, and held multiple leadership roles with several IT industry companies. He served as Chairman of the Enterprise Architectures Conferences (EAC) and has co-authored chapters in two books, the “SIM Guide to Enterprise Architecture” and “Coherency Management”. He also volunteers his time as Editor-in-Chief of Architecture and Governance Magazine.
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Mr. Westbrock is a leading authority on IT leadership, enterprise architecture (EA), enterprise portfolio management, governance, and organizational issues related to enterprise level planning. He started EAdirections with George Paras in 2006. He has worked with 300+ companies in various industries and the public sector to mentor them in their approach to enterprise architecture, including Procter & Gamble, Province of Ontario, State of Ohio, American Express, Sprint, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, Eli Lilly, La-Z-Boy, McGraw Hill, and Nationwide Insurance. He has advanced the state of the art of EA processes and was the driving force behind META Group’s EA research agenda and METAmethod – a best-practice transformation method for EA development. As a dynamic speaker, Mr. Westbrock is a frequent lecturer and educator at industry events and workshops. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry as an analyst, consultant and architect. Before joining META Group, he was the chief architect for Anthem, Inc., responsible for driving its enterprise architecture strategy. He began his career with Andersen Consulting, specializing in methodology, project management, and assisting clients with legacy-to-client/server migrations. He has a B.S. in Applied Science for Systems Analysis from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Enterprise Architecture.
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