Architecture

"It is the framework that changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame." - Marshall Mcluhan

About

The role of the Architecture Practice is two-fold focused on both Strategy and Enterprise Architecture.

Strategy seeks out and realizes opportunities to advance IT’s ability to support, enable and transform Tufts. This includes analyzing technology trends, driving innovation and encouraging the adoption of new technologies, models, roles and processes that create better outcomes for students, faculty, research, staff and other constituents.

Enterprise architecture enables TTS and our constituents to achieve positive and cohesive university-wide results in support of Tufts mission and objectives. 

Enterprise architecture helps to ensure that technical solutions and services are well designed to solve business problems effectively, flexibly and securely while striving to provide a satisfying user experience.

The scope of enterprise architecture includes establishing guiding principles, defining standards, promoting best practices, and specifying the information technologies, tools and technical components to be used to provide innovative solutions to the Tufts community.

Contact Information
Louis Kaczmarek

Services

Some of the areas of focus include:

  • Snaplogic User’s Group – on a monthly basis, users and admins of Snaplogic the integration platform used by AccessTufts, the Library Tech, Educational Tech, Enterprise Applications and Advancement, get together to share the latest details on the platform (new releases) and recent wins or dollar saving achieved using the tool.
  • Subcommittee for Standards and Architecture – routinely meets to discuss/approve/publicize standards and architectures adopted for TTS systems; most recent was the acceptance of a central Jira instance (instead of the 5 we have currently) to save money, administration *me and improve collaboration among the developer and analysis community.
  • Enterprise Architecture Reviews – designed to be collaborative and open, the reviews cover key aspects of new information technology purchases underway, to vet them for fit with TTS and university standards, to ensure a good fit with our existing eco-system and resource commitments.
    • The purpose of an Architecture Review is to enable TTS and our constituents achieve positive and cohesive university-wide results by ensuring that business and TTS stakeholders have a common understanding the proposed solution and approve of its design. Benefits of Architecture Reviews:
      • Provides a cross-disciplinary forum that promotes communication and collaboration.
      • Identifies key architecture concerns, issues or potential risks that should be addressed at the beginning of a project.
      • Helps to ensure that the proposed solution will:
      • Be capable of fulfilling the stated business goals and technical requirements.
      • Comply with TTS guiding principles, standards and policies.
      • Provide a positive user experience.
      • Be scalable and meet performance objectives.
      • Be supportable and sustainable.
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