Category Archives: it governance

My First 180 Days as a CIO

By | March 20, 2013

Tweet Hard to believe that time has gone so quickly in my CIO role.  On March 17, 2013 I have been the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates for 180 days. It has been a huge change for me especially after spending 20 years at the British… Read More »

Leveraging Roadmaps to Link Business and Technology

By | December 8, 2012

Tweet Enterprise Architects have used roadmaps as a standard model to describe the transition from the current state architecture to the future state architecture.   Many of my fellow enterprise architects have described the many different ways to create a roadmap and to show how they link to an organization’s strategic goals.  Nick Malik (@nickmalik)… Read More »

An Approach To Project Assessments

By | December 2, 2012

Tweet Every IT leader at one point or another will be asked to conduct project assessments.  Sometimes it is a project that was initiated by your department and others it is a project that was started in a different part of your organization.  Rarely are successful projects reviewed (even though we should, as we are… Read More »

Higher Ed CIO Challenges 2 – Consumerization of IT

By | July 11, 2012

Tweet This is the second of a three part series on Challenges for Higher Education CIOs – Consumerization of IT. The particular focus of this challenge is the rise of mobile computing commonly known as “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD).  This trend is changing the education mandate, particularly how faculty teach course materials to their… Read More »

Enterprise Architecture in Higher Education – some global resources

By | December 18, 2011

Tweet Last week, John Gotze (@gotze) sent me a call to action by tweeting: Finnish universities adopt #entarch, and look for international inspiration and collaboration. Who’s doing EA for universities? @leodesousa? My first reply to John was the Twitter handles of practicing Enterprise Architects in higher education as well as the Educause group ITANA.  Educause also… Read More »

Reorganizing An Application Service Delivery Model – an update

By | August 2, 2011

Tweet I wrote a post titled How Would You Reorganize an Application Service Delivery Model? in March 2010 and thought it was time to update you on the changes we made to our Application team. At that time, my team was structured by role:  DBAs, Developers, Application Administrators, Email Administrators, etc.  Over that time, we had… Read More »

Build your Application Portfolio to Support EA Governance

By | July 25, 2011

Tweet Nick Malik wrote a great post titled The Rule of EA Governance that hits to the core of EA and IT governance. It is a must read and I highly recommend it. Nick asserts that: All Enterprise Architecture will be implemented according to the structure of ownership and governance that exists in the enterprise.… Read More »

Response to: The Progressive CIO’s Model for Project Success

By | May 17, 2011

Tweet I scanned my Twitter feed on Monday May 16th and found a post by Todd Williams called The Progressive CIO’s Model for Project Success.  After the last couple of months of having to put our IT Services PMO team in place to rescue “business” led projects, I am compelled to question approach proposed by… Read More »

Microsoft Canadian Colleges Exec Briefing – Identity and Access Mgmt

By | February 4, 2011

Tweet Mark Wahl, Senior Program Manager/Architect, Microsoft Corporation Identity and Access Management – Business ready Security Solutions Business needs agility and flexibility and IT needs control – these needs are in competition Business Ready Security – Protections = protect everywhere, access anywhere,  Access = simplify the security experience, Management = manage compliance, integrate and extend security across… Read More »

Microsoft Canadian Colleges Exec Briefing – Institutional Effectiveness

By | February 4, 2011

Tweet David Raney MD, CEO Nuventive How do you achieve Institutional Effectiveness? What questions do you need to answer? are your core learning outcomes improving? how do you assess institutional performance? how do you measure strategic goals? … The Growing Challenges of Accountability – many challenges here centred around disconnect between data and planning What is… Read More »