Enterprise Architecture Community of Practice
Looking back on 2018, the group has achieved so much. Our collaboration and sharing has taken a major step forward and the group is building and strengthening relationships across not only Australia and New Zealand, but the US and beyond. This has resulted in the good work of many being shared across the community so that we can deliver better outcomes, quicker, for our institutions. Our monthly congregations have seen such a diverse range of conversations that I am sure all attendees have taken something away that we can learn from and build on.
The EA CoP held its annual general meeting during EA2018 at Curtin University last month. During this, the co-chairs updated the Community on progress throughout the year and plans for 2019. These focus on growing the community and improving engagement with current and new members. Of major significance at this year’s AGM was the stepping down of Jeff Kennedy as co-chair of the community. Jeff has been at the helm of the Community since its inception and along with Ric Phillips, nurtured and guided the Community to its current state of high success. On behalf of the entire membership, I would like to thank Jeff for his tireless efforts and stewardship of the Community and through this, his invaluable contributions to the practice of enterprise architecture within higher education.
The Community had several very worthy nominees to fill the vacant role, and after the ballots were tallied, the Community elected Sarah Ellison from Massey University in New Zealand to the Community co-chair position alongside Nigel Foxwell, continuing co-chair. Sarah has been a very active member of the Community for several years now, and as upcoming host for the CAUDIT EA symposium in 2019, will have her hands full! On behalf of the Community, I welcome Sarah to the role, and we are all looking forward to having her help shape the future of the Community.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone in the Community and the CAUDIT team for their support, contributions, insights, questions and sharing throughout the year. Every one of us makes the Community what it is and I know we will continue to grow and strengthen with your continued support.
Another year comes to an end and another successful EA symposium has just finished. The symposium held from 19 to 21 November 2018 at Curtin University was held under the umbrella theme of “Enterprise Architecture - Leading Innovation”. Each of the three days focussed on specific areas related to evolving our practice, ourselves as practitioners, and how we can be more effective as part of broader teams.
Over the three days and the subsequent “un-conference” day, we had 48 attendees, with a great representation from WA universities often challenged by the tyranny of distance to attend, and our usually strong contingent from New Zealand who truly went above and beyond in their travel!
Our great thanks go to Sam Field from Curtin in putting together a great set of sessions from presenters outside the Community, and to all the Community members who presented as well. I am sure we can all confirm it was unlike any other symposium in many respects, and we are all the better for it. We all got to sample the hidden beauty of Perth and the treasures of the Curtin campus, while we discussed the evolving nature of our practice and our role in higher education.
Next year’s symposium will be held at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. A test for our Perth colleagues to reciprocate, but I am looking forward to what new challenges we will need to focus on then!
The CAUDIT Higher Education EA Reference Models working group has recently published the second revision to the Business Reference Model capabilities and their descriptions. This is available from the CAUDIT website for members, and will be provided to non-member institutions that have received previous versions. The majority of changes have been to refine and update capability descriptions, however there have been several capability name changes, one addition and one removal of capabilities. These changes are documented in the business reference model catalogue, however we are still working with FromHereOn to update the visual representation (pdf model view) to reflect these changes.
Updates provided at the EA symposium last month reinforced the view that the models are proving to be highly valuable and being used directly in many institutions. Highlighting these usage examples to the broader community will be a focus for the working group in 2019 to ensure that we can continue to learn from each other as to how to make the most of these valuable assets. The various ways the models have been used has also given the working group great insight as to how they can be managed over time to ensure that they remain useful for all universities whilst also being adaptable to various unique institutional needs. Several key principles for stewarding changes to the models have been adopted and are working well to guide our work.
During the last weeks of 2018, the working group is looking to finalise a draft review of the Data Model and make this available for Community consultation and review early in the new year. In addition to this, the working group has identified a number of activities to achieve our objectives, including looking at improving how we receive and process improvement suggestions from the Community, and streamlining the publish and distribution process of the models and associated artefacts.