European Railway Experience
Michael has considerable experience in the integration and exploitation of information and of IT systems within European railways and the TAF-TSI and TAP-TSI programmes. As a Business Architect, he was able to bring a professional information manager's perspective to these issues representing EIM - the European Rail Infrastructure Managers' organisation.
Working in the wider industry is essential for the success of Business Architecture because by influencing the external industry environment for information sharing and integration, the architecture of your own enterprise can be defined, enhanced and exploited to maximise the cost of ownership benefits of your architecture.
Specific roles included:
Speaker for EIM on the European Commission’s Freight and Passenger Telematics Steering Committees where he promoted the interests of rail infrastructure managers – ensuring that their achievable delivery timescale was accepted by the Commission
Speaker for EIM on the European Commission’s Telematics Task Force – a body set up to rationalise the architecture of the railway datastores and information flows needed under the various telematics TSI legislation. Where he influenced the approach to the initial report and recommendations towards an architecture approach that more closely follows the internal architectures of railway infrastructure managers thereby mitigating cost and impact on them.
Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Common Components Group, which is the stakeholder-run group that is developing the first elements needed by TAF-TSI. Where he led the future strategy working group to define the future development of the component group both technically and commercially and led the legal affairs working group to address the IPR issues.
As a result, Michael has excellent contacts in European railway companies and has provided consultancy on the systems architecture for Infrastructure Managers.