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 Uncommon Thinking…

Agility – it keeps me up at night

Our last CIO, Annie Stunden, used to talk about “what keeps her up at night”. These were the big intractable things or the big high-risk, highly visible projects she was working on. For me, it’s agility. How does an enterprise that prides itself on tradition and autonomy of everyone at every level become agile – … Continue reading Agility – it keeps me up at night

ITANA.ORG – I.T. Architects iN Academia takes off

I have been talking with peers, pushing ideas around and working with various groups for a while and it seems that the work is finally paying off. ITANA.ORG (http://www.itana.org) is a peer group for I.T. Architects in Academia. We will share ideas, tricks and tools; work on common deliverables and working group projects; spread the … Continue reading ITANA.ORG – I.T. Architects iN Academia takes off

Centers of Excellence – Human Integration

I was struck by a line out of a Burton Group document that I’m reading. >… the creation of user groups… are the human equivalent of a technology integration strategy. In Service Oriented Architecture, I.T. Portfolio Management and Model Driven Architecture; Center’s of Excellent (CoE) are a key part of the infrastructure. A key to … Continue reading Centers of Excellence – Human Integration

I.T. Architecture in Academia – need for a group of peers

I have discussed with several people the need for a group of peers that would meet regularly. This group of peers (GOP – nah, already in use) would focus on the practice on the I.T. Architecture in Academia At the highest level, they would: * Define I.T. Architecture and Enterprise Architecture within Academia (and government) … Continue reading I.T. Architecture in Academia – need for a group of peers

U-Minn presentations: SOA, Folksonomy and IT Architecture

On Monday (April 3, 2006), I was at University of Minnesota presenting on four topics. Below are links to the slides as PDFs: UW-Madison’s SOA Migration Strategy – what is it and how do we get one Folksonomy and Web 2.0 IT Architecture – What is it and why 3 isn’t enough Identity Management Nouns … Continue reading U-Minn presentations: SOA, Folksonomy and IT Architecture