- Piet Niederhausen, Georgetown University
- Dan Brint , State University of New York - ITEC
- Glenn E. Donaldson, The Ohio State University
- Phil Robinson, Cornell University
- Vinay I. Varughese, Cornell University - Weill Medical College
- Scott Fullerton, University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Paul Erickson, University of Nebraska--Lincoln
- Emily Eisbruch, Internet2 (scribe)
- Roll Call (please add your name and institutions to the Attendees above)
- Welcome Emily Eisbruch at Internet2
- Agenda Bash (any working group report outs?)
- Minutes from last call
- Face2Face Meeting
- Your input on the draft agenda (see next section below)
- Case studies we can include
- Report Out -- Common Solutions Group meeting (see last page of this doc)
The Face2Face meeting will be on Tuesday, November 6, as a preconference seminar at the Educause national conference in Denver, Colorado. The following is the work of the ITANA Face2Face Planning Committee.
Feedback from the 2011 Face2Face meeting
- More case studies
- More Enterprise Architecture 101 for new architects
- More opportunities to interact and meet others (eg, mixing up tables during the session)
- More practical stuff to take home
Additions to/comments on the draft agenda during the call are highlighted in green.
A. Disruptive Change in Higher Education - Why does architecture matter?
- Fundamental changes that are coming to higher education
- CIO’s view on Enterprise Architecture and change management
- Break-out session on disruptive change
- What disruptive changes to you see or foresee at your institution?
- See Diana Oblinger’s free e-book at http://www.educause.edu/game-changers
B. Enterprise Architecture 101 - How do architects get started?
- Architects at all levels are leaders
- Questions you should be asking as an EA
- Case studies as an example of how you get things done
- Scott: What is the domain/scope of the architects work, and who are the consumers?
- Is it for conversation among key stakeholders?
- Is the goal to create new capabilities?
- Examples of different ways for an architect to engage, and what gets produced
- Adapting these tools to specific contexts and consumer needs
- Lifecycle Analysis as a framework for EA
- Starting conversations that wouldn’t normally start
- Connecting people who normally wouldn’t connect
- Linking initiatives that people haven’t thought about the linkage
- Focusing on the customers
- Highlights governance issues
- Forces you to frame your argument in business terms
- Capability Mapping
- A way to bring out the capabilities for a business unit
- A way to think about People, Process and Technology in neutral terms
- Using SOA as a model
- You need to be able to communicate value in each of the tiers of the enterprise
- You need to justify even technical work in business terms
- Dan: Examples of documentation, tools you use to do your job
- Break Out / Workbook Activity:
- Think of a something that you tried to sell that didn’t go well and how you might have sold it differently. (influence and other dimensions)
- You have seen some higher level artifacts, how would you have used them
C. Report out from morning session
- How do you add value as an architect
- How do you manage cost / reduce risk
- Gartner’s idea that you drive Fiscal Efficiency and Business Execution
- Disruption drivers vs. university reality.
D. Applied Architecture - How do we practice architecture?
- Case studies (this a list in progress of potential case studies)
- DEM IT Services Capability Mapping and IT Realignment as an example
- Advising Architecture Review Board and their Core Diagram
- SOA as a way of dealing with disruptive change
- Storage - general purpose storage, regulated data and explosion of personal data
- Data architecture in an ERP implementation (Workday HR/Benefits/Payroll)
- Dan: Real world example of documentation/artifacts and how they were used; or things that didn’t work
- Scott: How can we create thematic continuity through the day? Pull through items from earlier in the agenda -- examples of disruptive changes and how they were resolved in real life case studies
- Exercise in personal landscape scanning and planning a response
- Given a change scenario, how will you lead through that change?
- Various scenarios including distance education, BYOD, outsourcing of various university operations, big research data, business process changes
- Scott: Enterprise data management; as a necessary step toward SOA; control of research data; integration of ERP data; data bus -- as a response to:
- Need to open university boundaries, across internal and external solutions
- Clarity about security and privacy
- Quicker time to market, responding quickly with data
- New data that is digital-native; how to maintain, curate, preserve it
- Need for business intelligence in response to various drivers
- Each table gets one of the disruptive scenarios and think about how you would approach the problem
- Context, drivers and next steps
- Fiscal Efficiency and Business Execution
E. Current and Future ITANA Work - How can ITANA help?
- Reference architecture development
- What questions would a reference architecture answer for you? What kinds of questions would you like it to answer
- What is does a reference architecture for HE look like to you?
- Glenn: Starting point for those with no architecture yet
- Scott: Layered; have to keep focus in the discussion
- Business processes
- Common core business systems and boundaries
- Integration, middleware
- Data models
- Strategic goals
- Scott: Does Kuali have a starting point?
- Enterprise Data Management and BI
- SOA working group materials (other than included above)
- Report on current working group activities
Report Out -- Common Solutions Group meeting
Overall meeting agenda (June 13-15 at the University of Iowa)
- Workshop on Projecting Institutional Infrastructure Into the Cloud
- Workshop on Virtual Desktops
- Attendee list in case you want to reach out to someone who presented
Highlights - Cloud
- Most institutions present are executing on a portfolio of cloud solutions with multiple solutions from SaaS to Paas to IaaS
- A few institutions are considering replicating critical infrastructure in the cloud, such as SSO, DNS, email routing -- mainly to ensure continuous service
- No good general solutions for provisioning and de-provisioning user accounts and groups across cloud solutions; discussion of OAuth
- Progress on operationalizing cloud services, for example using Boomering and JMeter to monitor user experience
Highlights - VDI
- In all case studies, there was significant concern about cost and ROI
- Most case studies lean toward application-specific virtualization rather than full or persistent desktop virtualization, to limit costs
- For the same reason most case studies lean toward a few applications that need to be virtualized for security or because of special platform requirements
- BYOD is both a challenge and a promise; users are increasingly just interested in applications, accessible on any device, and virtualization can help support new devices such as tablets