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Ljmu enterprise architecture pilot leap

LJMU Enterprise Architecture Pilot (LEAP)

Summary 1

Summary (1)

The LJMU Enterprise Architecture Pilot (LEAP) will build on existing work in Information Systems Architecture, Governance and technical web services development to pilot The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) approach to establishment of a full Enterprise Architecture model

Summary 2

Summary (2)

LEAP will also incorporate work carried out by the LJMU Process Framework project, which has developed an overall process management model for the University within the context of our strategic commitment to the EFQM Excellence Model, and has produced detailed process maps of many areas of the business with more recently a particular emphasis on student administration. Phase 1 of the pilot will concentrate on developing the architecture model for the Student Recruitment, Development and Support core process identified within the LJMU Process Framework.

Draft work plan 1

Draft Work Plan (1)

Draft work plan 2

Draft Work Plan (2)

Motivation ljmu

Motivation - LJMU

  • Already identified EA work as essential to contextualise other activity eg ISA, Student Administration Review, technical service developments

  • Architecture = key responsibility in new Governance structure

  • Major investment with Oracle predicated on Fusion implementation, requiring SOA approach

  • Opportunity to engage with other practitioners/the Open Group to advance learning & expertise

Motivation ljmu smg slide

Motivation: LJMU (SMG slide)

  • Opportunity to:

    • define our IT architecture, linking process, data, applications and infrastructure = in essence, defining what services we require now/in future, and which systems deliver/will deliver these services

    • be flexible and future-proofed

    • standardise data and processes

    • benefit from work being carried out elsewhere in the community

Ljmu enterprise architecture pilot leap

IT Architecture


Organising logic for data,

applications,and infrastruc-

ture captured in a set of

policies, relationships, and

technical choices to achieve

desired business and

technical standardisation

and integration

IT Infrastructure


Centrally co-ordinated, shared

IT services that provide the

foundation for the enterprise’s

IT capability.

Business Applications Needs

Specifying the business need

for purchasing or internally

developed IT applications.

Key IT Governance Decisions

IT Principles Decisions

High-level statements about how IT is used in the business

IT Investment and

Prioritisation decisions

Decisions about how much

and where to invest in IT,

including project approvals

and justification techniques.

(Weill and Ross, 2004, IT Governance, HBSP)

Ljmu enterprise architecture pilot leap

LJMU Governance Model








Steering Group

Business Membership

Business Applications Needs




IT Steering Group

Business Membership



Business Membership


Methodologies: MSPITIL

Motivation wider community

Motivation: Wider Community

  • Contribute to the development of EA models for the sector

  • Promote the importance of effective Governance structures for EA/SOA implementation

  • Contribute models at various levels to the e-Framework

  • Support the development of shared service approaches

What does success look like for ljmu

What does success look like…for LJMU

  • Senior Management engaged with EA/SOA approach

  • Understanding/model of how things fit together in student administration area

  • Commitment to continuing development

  • Practical implementation of services linked to business objectives

  • Enhanced ability to deliver EA/SOA approach

What does success look like for programme

What does success look like…for Programme

  • Enhanced understanding of importance of EA/SOA approaches across the sector

  • Validation (or otherwise!) of TOGAF approach

  • Contribution to e-Framework

  • Learning from early adopters as basis for future work

Overlaps synergies

Overlaps & synergies

  • Differences/similarities in Governance structures

  • Combining top-down/bottom-up approaches ref KEAP

  • Impact/significance of supplier engagement eg LJMU/Oracle; Cardiff/IBM

  • Value of pilot in supporting institutional strategic objectives, key to all projects

Issues questions

Issues & Questions

  • Not a lot of time

  • Risk of retrofitting TOGAF

  • Meeting project objectives as opposed to JISC requirements (not same thing)

  • Would like some early advice on tool selection (if necessary – currently using Visio)

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