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Jim Phelps, Director, Enterprise Architecture and Strategy, UW-IT

Bio: Jim is the Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy at University of Washington. As Director, his focus is on linking business and technical strategy, aligning various technology efforts to this strategy and growing the practice of architecture across UW. Jim is also the chair of ITANA a peer group for Enterprise, Business and Technical Architects in higher education. He has over two decades of architecture experience in higher education spanning research computing to the student experience. Jim has taught leadership competencies, architecture skills and facilitation to architects nationally.


Rupert Berk, Enterprise Solutions Architect

Bio: As Enterprise Solutions Architect, Rupert helps technology teams and projects create effective solutions that align with enterprise goals. His current work includes the Enterprise Information Platform, UW-IT DevOps, and strategy management for UW-IT. Since joining UW-IT in 2002, Rupert has held lead and architect roles in Identity and Access Management, Web Services, and Enterprise Architecture.


Ray Polakovic, Enterprise Information Architect 

Bio: Ray brings his experience leading data management and business intelligence initiatives for financial services, legal services, and broadcast media to the role of Enterprise Information Architect.  Ray has worked at UW since January, 2016.  

Primary engagements: HR/Payroll ModernizationUW-IT Strategy Practice

  • Main activities: Data modeling; data quality management; reference data management; master data management; business intelligence; data visualization; data stewardship


Piet Niederhausen, Enterprise Business Architect

Bio: As a business architect, Piet helps people design how they work together, by supporting groups in evolving their strategies, business processes, organizations, and information systems. His current work includes strategy management for UW-IT and business analysis for the Finance Transformation program. Piet joined UW-IT in 2014 after twelve years at Georgetown University as a business analyst, IT service manager, and web application developer.

  • Primary engagements: Finance TransformationUW-IT Strategy Practice
  • Main activities: Business and systems analysis; modeling business capabilities and processes; development of strategies and business cases; group facilitation
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