The Chief Architect Forum (CAF) is an invitation-only non-vendor corporate membership forum for chief architects. The mission of the CAF is to provide a senior strategic board which is empowered to mentor and lead the architect profession as well as a network of unbiased senior professionals within a leadership network.
Iasa frequently finds that low-maturity architecture teams have less engagement with business leaders, produce documents and artefacts that are rarely read or referred to and often the architects themselves have limited business exposure. To complement corporate membership, training and certification, Iasa is developing the CAF program to form a network of the highest level architects, CTOs and CIOs in the world.
Membership is open to any individual serving in the role of Chief Architect (head of business technology strategy and innovation). Titles of chief architects may include:
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Technology Officer
- Chief Architect
- Chief Strategy Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- VP or Director of Engineering
- VP or Director of Strategic Planning
Rules of CAF Membership
The CAF is invitation and nomination only. A CAF member may nominate any other but an invitation must come from the entire CAF membership. Payment of membership does not guarantee entry.
The CAF is only open to chief architects with no sales agenda. While architects from vendor organizations may be invited, only those who have no sales or marketing basis in technology will be admitted. Vendors may be invited to speak, train or participate in some CAF activities, but will not be admitted as vendors. This include consultants and other individuals with potential conflicts of interest.
The CAF requires participation from the individual fulfilling the role of chief architect for a minimum of half of the official meetings. One additional individual will be invited from the member organization but the chief architect must attend half of the sessions themselves instead of sending a representative.