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Uncommon Thinking…

  I was chatting with a colleague about the new EDUCAUSE slogan, “Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good” when I realized that the saying encapsulates one way to think of my work as an I.T. Architect.  “Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good” is what I try to foster in the teams that I work with.  … Continue reading

Advanced CAMP – Part 3

Merri Beth Lavagnino – Privacy and Policy Policy and privacy are really consideration of the human aspects and impacts of technology.  Policies are: strategic direction and operating philosophy (which are usually informal and cultural), Public and Institutional policies (these are both documented and usually legal documents). Institutional policy – a statement that reflect the philosophies … Continue reading

Advanced CAMP – Part 2

Dave Gimpl:  Computing as a Service Infrastructure for vaporware.  They are working on the infrastructure that enables cloud-computing. Challenges in the data center:  rising costs of the operations, the explosion of data, the difficulty of deploying new application and services, the difficulty in managing complex virtual machine systems.  When you map the business processes, they … Continue reading

Advanced CAMP – Registering, Discovering and Using Distributed Services Part1

R.L. Bob doing the introduction:  Advanced CAMP could mean to some people the advanced topics beyond just the basics.  Bob likes to think of it as the Advance Camp out in the wilderness where you are more likely to get caught in a blizzard, get shot and generally face the wilderness. The theme that came … Continue reading

ITANA Face 2 Face – Security Architecture

Indiana University Completed a 10 year Strategic Plan which worked because they connected money to it.  You couldn’t get funding unless you showed how your project connected to one of the 71 strategic initiatives.  Completed a 10 year tactical Telecom Plan.  Instead of replacing 1/4 of the switches every year for four years, they want … Continue reading

ITANA Face 2 Face: Data Management

Data Management  Discussion: Key Issues: Data Architecture, Analysis and Design Data Security Management  – data access and security Reference and Master Data Management  – making data available rather than copying data Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Management – normalizing the data across the data warehouse Document, Record and Content Management – Meta Data Management – … Continue reading

EDUCAUSE Live event recording has been posted

The recording of my EDUCAUSE Live presentation is now available on the EDUCAUSE site. EDUCAUSE Live! IT/EA in Academia recording.

Digital Neighborhoods – Guiding design

Digital neighborhoods seem like a powerful tool for discussing technology and its impact on users (students, staff, researchers, etc) and the concept adds interesting new requirements to projects. Getting a good understanding of your users’ digital neighborhoods can guide design and deployment of new technologies and help predict impacts on the users themselves. Understanding how … Continue reading

Eat your vegis or Have A Little Green Tree – getting EA into the Enterprise

I was thinking about how, when I try to get buy-in for doing Enterprise Architecture as a holistic thing, I tend not get very far with the campus. But, when I parse out little EA bits, they catch on. I was thinking about this in terms of the metaphor: Getting Kids To Eat Vegetables. Before … Continue reading

EA in Academia Presentation

Below is a repackaged copy of my “Enterprise Architecture in Academic Environments” presentation that I gave at EDUCAUSE Mid-West Regional Conference 2008. It is packaged as a Quicktime Movie. Enterprise Architecture in Academic Environments