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EA CoP Update August 2019

The Enterprise Architecture (EA) Community of Practice (CoP) is a thriving and engaged group of information technology architects across higher education within Australia and New Zealand.  The EA CoP focuses on improving the value of EA to higher education and research institutions. We have continued to grow this year and we welcome and look forward to working with our new members for 2019:

Geoff Still
Michael Light
Darren Castelyn
Mathew Anderson
Dave Maclaurin
Sonam Tobgay
Joshua Qwek

Renu Garde
Egon Kuster
Stuart Manson
Richard Feist
Bob Kleinig
Craig Childs
Andres Machado

Our job swap and study tour initiatives are progressing well, but we do look forward to everyone who hasn't had a chance to put their hand up yet. For those of you who haven't heard about these, the following will give you a taste.

JOB SWAP

The Enterprise Architecture Job Swap is planned to run between September 2019 and  July 2020, and we are looking for expressions of interest. We are looking to use this opportunity to support mentoring and skills development within the CoP. Most Universities have small architecture teams with specialised roles, such as Enterprise Architect, and this initiative will  enable knowledge to be shared across Universities through strengthened relationships, on-the-job experience of another organisation, and participation in new activities.

This a training and development opportunity to help develop and broaden the skills necessary to perform various architecture functions within a higher education context.  We hope that participants can develop new skills, share artifacts, methods and processes, and generally learn from others in higher education industry. Please email your expression of interest to Sarah Ellison, s.ellison@massey.ac.nz, or Nigel Foxwell, nigel.foxwell@jcu.edu.au, by 16th August.

2020 STUDY TOUR

The EA Study Tour’s purpose is to grow the EA CoP connections with other universities to enable a wider sharing of knowledge, understanding industry trends on global level, and appreciate how other universities are applying EA practices and models. We also aim to use the opportunity to build knowledge in EA that can be applied specifically in a higher education environment and learn how others utilise EA in a different market (different competitive forces and funding model). The study proposes a 10 day itinerary in the north east of the United States in May 2020, and will be timed to align with the Gartner EA conference if participants wish to attend this also.

For more information to provide an expression of interest for either initiative, please contact Sarah Ellison, s.ellison@massey.ac.nz, or Nigel Foxwell, nigel.foxwell@jcu.edu.au, by the 16th of August.

EA2019

Planning for the 2019 EA Symposium is well progressed, and registrations are open! EA2019 will be held at Massey University, Palmerston North (NZ) from the 18th to the 20th of November, plus our usual un-conference day on the 21st.

Our theme this year, “Adapting Enterprise Architecture to deliver value in a world of fast-paced technological change”, promises are rich programme of presentations and speakers in and around this topic. More information and registration links can be found here: https://www.eainhe.edu.au/ , and we look forward to seeing everyone there in November.

HERM Refresh

The CAUDIT Higher Education EA Reference Models working group is continuing work on the enrichment and extension of the models. We are progressing a range of continual improvement proposals for the capability model and finalising the next stage review of the data reference model, with a view to providing another version release in September.

Our last update has also been distributed throughout our international subscribers, and there is thought being put into how we can closer with other major HE representative groups to align our efforts in developing the reference models. Watch this space for more news soon.

The working group recently held its first “fiesta” on Research capabilities. The fiesta is essentially a collaborative session where we grab any and all interested parties from the community and SMEs in the relevant area, to come together and work through change proposals or to clarify other improvements to the models. Our Research fiestas was a great success and we were able to add some great insights from a number of universities in the capability model.

If you work at a CAUDIT member, don’t forget that you can access the updated version of the Reference Models at https://www.caudit.edu.au/EA-Framework.