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IT Architecture @ UW–Madison. Lessons from the first four years Keith Hazelton ([email protected]) IT Architect, Division of Information Technology. IT Architecture @ UW–Madison: Lessons from the first four years. IT Architecture ver. 1.0, 1995 Typical products What hasn’t worked

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it architecture @ uw madison

IT Architecture @ UW–Madison

Lessons from the first four years

Keith Hazelton ([email protected])

IT Architect, Division of Information Technology

it architecture @ uw madison lessons from the first four years
IT Architecture @ UW–Madison: Lessons from the first four years
  • IT Architecture ver. 1.0, 1995
  • Typical products
  • What hasn’t worked
  • What has worked
  • 1999 activities and plans
  • Questions for those without IT architects...

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it architecture ver 1 0 1995
IT Architecture ver. 1.0, 1995
  • Architects (1. – 2.5 FTE) and advisory group, Committee on Information Technology Architecture (CITA)
  • Process: CITA prioritizes issues, teams formed, guidelines drafted, reviewed, approved
  • All processes, work in progress and results documented on web site (http://www.wisc.edu/arch)

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typical products
Typical products
  • Guidelines on shared authentication, directory services
  • Campus forums on PeopleSoft, MS & Novell Contracts, E-forms/workflow
  • Interoperability info: quick lookup guides, research reports (E-commerce, E-mail)

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what hasn t worked
What hasn’t worked
  • Limited impact on applications development
  • “Big book of standards” a pipe-dream
  • Some non-converts see as a budget-cut target
  • Big IT changes often happen outside the architecture process
  • Consensus-based standards-like efforts take lots of time and resources

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what has worked
What has worked
  • Growing recognition that architects & friends represent a valuable and rare global perspective
  • Architects have become trusted colleagues of some key planners and decision-makers
  • Flexibility to redefine tactics as landscape shifts
    • From authors of “building code” to JIT honest info brokers
    • Adjustable mix of slow crafting of infrastructure guidelines and quick results for low-hanging interoperability fruit.

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1999 activities and plans
1999 activities and plans
  • Bring CITA & architects into policy arena as advisers
  • Target info brokering at the groups and individuals making the big decisions
  • Web-based learning systems guideline
  • Secure server best practices
  • Rollout of architecture-shaped directory and authentication services

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questions for those without it architects
Questions for those without IT architects...
  • Who represents the interests of the whole versus the interests of the pro-activist dept. or unit with money?
  • Who mediates between central IS and departmental IT?
  • By what processes are institution-level IT issues resolved?
  • Who is charged to look over the horizon, over the wall? To whom do they report?

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