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This version is a DRAFT (v0.3).

Contributors: Jim Phelps, Rupert Berk, Piet Niederhausen, Ray Polakovic

Strategy Statement: By promoting common and effective architecture and strategy practices, the EA business service seeks to increase the effectiveness of business transformation projects, align IT planning with business goals, drive the efficiency of IT operations and project execution, and enable data-driven decision-making.

Vision: Business and IT work closely together to define and execute the most effective strategy to transform UW for the future. We stop services that are no longer effective, reduce both business debt (bad processes, etc) and technical debt and build a culture and practice of data-driven decision making.


Large transformational projects require discipline and practices with which UW has little experience.

Transformational projects need to drive many levels of organizational maturity and large culture change, reduce years (if not decades) of business and technical debt to realize their expected outcomes.

(EAA-16) Provide business and data architecture support to the discovery phase of the Finance Transformation program.

(EAA-320) Facilitate definition of governance processes for the Integrated Service Center.

(EAA-62) Facilitate design and configuration of the knowledge base for the Integrated Service Center.

(Proposed) Implementation of a UW-wide application registry.

Effective business transformation

EA reference architectures and support help transformational projects start with the right scope, have the right roles and skills, include enterprise requirements, identify the right stakeholders and governance.

HRP transitions to post go-live more smoothly as a result of clear governance and well-designed knowledge base.

Finance Transformation and future projects execute more quickly because they start from an up-to-date base of information about applications at the UW.

Projects complete with reduced technical and business debt.

UW-IT needs to constantly evaluate and realign its service offerings due to rapid changes in technology.

Communication and collaboration barriers resulting from growth and complexity along with a complex business landscape drives need for strategic clarity both across UW-IT and with our campus partners.

(EAA-15) Support and continue to grow the UW-IT strategy management practice.

(EAA-6) Facilitate the Service Management Board.

(Proposed) Drive continuous governance improvement and maturity


(Proposed) Implementation of a UW-wide application registry.


(Future) Implement EA Tool.

Agile & efficient IT planning and investment

UW-IT strategy is clear to teams within the organization and to external stakeholders.

UW-IT decision-making and escalation are easier for teams, leading to better-informed and faster decisions.

UW leaders and governance groups have better information to help them guide changes in the UW-IT service portfolio. SoaPs are used to better align the IT service portfolio with expressed needs.

UW-IT teams are better aligned with each other as a result of communication about strategy.

UW-IT portfolio management is more effective because teams are working from one shared set of data about applications and the business processes.

More IT services are turned off.

UW-IT needs to constantly evaluate and realign its service offerings due to rapid changes in technology.

(EAA-6) Facilitate the Service Management Board.

(Proposed) Implementation of a UW-wide application registry.

(Future) Implement EA Tool.


Business-IT alignment

SMB uses EA artifacts to better align the IT service portfolio with expressed needs.

Other governance bodies have rich information to make better decisions on the best strategic directions and investments.

Need for cost savings and efficiency drives demand for better reuse of expertise among technical teams, improved processes, reduction of business and technical debt, and better information for decision-making.

(Current) Provide frameworks, models, and tools to UW-IT initiatives (DevOps, EIP, CX) to assist with planning and design.

(EAA-18) Improve access to EA resources such as reference architectures and methods.

(EAA-47) Lead the Embedded Architects Community of Practice. 

(Future) Grow architecture governance and the use of reference architectures.
 (F) Offer an EA training curriculum in architecture methods and concepts.

(F) Refine and promote EA scorecard for self-assessment of initiatives.

Efficiency of IT Operations Agile and efficient IT project execution

Expertise is more available to project teams when needed.

EA reference architectures and support help decision-makers better understand the architectural impacts of decisions.

Teams and projects are more effective as a result of applying architecture methods and reference architectures.

IT projects are more effective as a result of improved architecture guidance from governance processes.

EA reference architectures and analysis highlight technical and business debt and identify opportunities to improve IT services.

Increasing demand for timely, accurate, and appropriate business data for decision-making.

Business and IT need to collaborate both across their domains and within their domains in order to move quickly, take advantage of opportunities (both business and technical) and improve decision making

(C) Implement enterprise integration platform.

(P) Create a platform for data governance and/or source-target mapping and/or reference and enterprise data management.

(EAA-55) Facilitate restarting the UW Data Management Committee.

Data governance & decision-making

Authoritative data dictionaries enable data consumer to more easily understand data meaning.

Data governance enables data consumers to more easily resolve disparities in data meaning.




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