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1 1 IT Architecture @ UW–Madison Lessons from the first four years Keith Hazelton (hazelton@doit.wisc.edu) IT Architect, Division of Information Technology

2 13-May-99CSG: IT Architecture @ UW-Madison #2 IT Architecture @ UW–Madison: Lessons from the first four years zIT Architecture ver. 1.0, 1995 zTypical products zWhat hasn’t worked zWhat has worked z1999 activities and plans zQuestions for those without IT architects...

3 13-May-99CSG: IT Architecture @ UW-Madison #3 IT Architecture ver. 1.0, 1995 zArchitects (1. – 2.5 FTE) and advisory group, Committee on Information Technology Architecture (CITA) zProcess: CITA prioritizes issues, teams formed, guidelines drafted, reviewed, approved zAll processes, work in progress and results documented on web site (http://www.wisc.edu/arch)http://www.wisc.edu/arch

4 13-May-99CSG: IT Architecture @ UW-Madison #4 Typical products zGuidelines on shared authentication, directory services zCampus forums on PeopleSoft, MS & Novell Contracts, E-forms/workflow zInteroperability info: quick lookup guides, research reports (E-commerce, E-mail)

5 13-May-99CSG: IT Architecture @ UW-Madison #5 What hasn’t worked zLimited impact on applications development z“Big book of standards” a pipe-dream zSome non-converts see as a budget-cut target zBig IT changes often happen outside the architecture process zConsensus-based standards-like efforts take lots of time and resources

6 13-May-99CSG: IT Architecture @ UW-Madison #6 What has worked zGrowing recognition that architects & friends represent a valuable and rare global perspective zArchitects have become trusted colleagues of some key planners and decision-makers zFlexibility to redefine tactics as landscape shifts yFrom authors of “building code” to JIT honest info brokers yAdjustable mix of slow crafting of infrastructure guidelines and quick results for low-hanging interoperability fruit.

7 13-May-99CSG: IT Architecture @ UW-Madison #7 1999 activities and plans zBring CITA & architects into policy arena as advisers zTarget info brokering at the groups and individuals making the big decisions zWeb-based learning systems guideline zSecure server best practices zRollout of architecture-shaped directory and authentication services

8 13-May-99CSG: IT Architecture @ UW-Madison #8 Questions for those without IT architects... zWho represents the interests of the whole versus the interests of the pro-activist dept. or unit with money? zWho mediates between central IS and departmental IT? zBy what processes are institution-level IT issues resolved? zWho is charged to look over the horizon, over the wall? To whom do they report?


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