Enterprise Architecture

Slope of Enlightenment
UMN Assessment
Doing Well
Time Frame
2 to 5 Years
Last Updated on Sep 10, 2014

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is the discipline of planning, managing, and evaluating the adoption, integration, and interoperation of technologies in a complex organization such as a multifaceted business enterprise or university system. In a higher education environment, enterprise architecture frequently entails such functions as:

  • Analyzing and mapping the academic technology landscape to answer such questions as: What teaching/learning and other business processes are entailed? What systems are currently in place and how do they work together? What are their functions? Where are there gaps between needs and available functionality?
  • Working with the IT community to evaluate current needs, survey development trends and project future needs, set and prioritize goals, define and promote standards, and to identify best practices.
  • Collaborating with other stakeholders in evaluating new technologies proposed for adoption within the learning enterprise.

The intent of EA is to develop a focus on the long-term strategic needs of the institution; to provide coherent standards and processes for managing change and ensuring alignment with institutional needs; to minimize redundancy and improve efficiency; and to build a flexible, robust, and sustainable learning technology infrastructure for the University as a whole.

Enterprise Architecture at the University of Minnesota
The University employs an Enterprise Architect in the Office of Information Technology. In addition to developing and promoting enterprise technology standards and planning processes, the team convenes and facilitates the work of the Technology Review Board.