CISL’s enterprise architecture

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is the name of the discipline of translating an organization’s vision and strategy into effective business practices and information technology (IT) infrastructure to support those practices. EA is a relatively young and still-evolving discipline, but it has been adopted by a wide variety of public and private organizations. The U.S. Government has developed a set of reference models called the Federal Enterprise Architecture.

Under the auspices of the UCAR Information Technology Council (ITC), co-chaired by Anke Kamrath (OSD director) and Shawn Winkelman (Finance and Administration IT Director), and at the direction of the UCAR President’s Council, a UCAR-focused Enterprise Architecture Team (EA Team) was formed at the beginning of FY2013. The team meets biweekly to discuss IT topics of significance to the institution and recommend courses of action.

During FY2015, the EA Team oversaw the completions of UCAR's Google Apps for Government rollout. The EA Team has also been heavily involved in developing an appropriate framework for Project Portfolio Management (PPM). Classic PPM methodologies are a concern because of the heavyweight process. EA has been exploring Agile-based methodologies as possibly a better fit for the organization.

Enterprise Architecture has completed reviews and made recommendations on the Identity Management strategy for the organization. The EA team has also reviewed service management plans and is actively involved in a phased effort to move UCAR to security best practices. Many of the UCP and NCAR entities are now being required to adopt Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. Finally the EA team has been actively involved in developing the UCAR IT strategic plan.

Development of an EA for UCAR supports the Science and Collaboration Fabrics of the CISL Strategic Plan, and is a joint effort between CISL/OSD and UCAR Finance and Administration IT. This effort is supported by UCAR indirect funds.