1 year, 7 months ago

Renaming This Blog

I started my blog “Enterprise Architecture in Higher Education” in May 2007 to share the EA work my colleagues and I have done. My goal was to share the practical approaches that we implemented to move our organizations forward. I hope that you have seen value and found ways to use some of our ideas to move your […]

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1 year, 8 months ago

So Long but Not Goodbye

It is never easy to write a Goodbye.  Today is my last day as a full-time employee at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. I spent the majority of my career here, 23 years (including a short two year break to the UAE)! I started as an Intermediate Systems Analyst coding data integration between our then […]

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1 year, 8 months ago

My New EA Opportunity

I am taking on a new opportunity on Sept 14, 2015 that gets me back to working on Enterprise Architecture! After 23 years working in higher education IT, I decided to accept an opportunity to work for the City of Vancouver Information Technology Department. I am really honoured to be selected as the Senior Manager, Technology […]

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1 year, 8 months ago

More on IT Reporting Structure

I posted earlier on “Where should IT sit in the reporting structure?”  I did more research and found this very interesting paper:  CIO Reporting Structure, Strategic Positioning, and Firm Performance: To Whom Should the CIO Report? The authors state that the reporting structure for a CIO depends on the strategic positioning of the firm.  In […]

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2 years, 7 months ago

So Long for Now

This is a bitter-sweet post for me.  It is sweet because I will be returning my family and friends in the country that I love, Canada.  Bitter as I will be leaving behind very good friends and an amazing team of people at the American University of Sharjah. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity […]

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2 years, 8 months ago

Our First IT Core Service Catalogue

I am very proud to announce that we have published the first version of our IT Core Service Catalogue for our university. We started this process in November 2012 and I described the approach in a post called : Introducing IT Service Management Using a Core Service Catalogue.  This post described our approach to building […]

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2 years, 8 months ago

Personal Learning Plans Support Employee Retention

I have been a strong advocate of implementing Personal Learning Plans (PLP) for employees for years.  This concept was introduced to me during my years working at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  I used the Personal Learning Plan process to help my teams improve their abilities in the jobs they have and to advance their […]

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2 years, 8 months ago

ISACA Revamps COBIT 5 Core Principles

A month ago, I saw the announcement from ISACA about their work revamping the COBIT 5 Core Principles.  These 5 principles provide a good foundation for structuring an IT strategic plan.  It is good to see that the principles start with stakeholder needs.  This aligns well with our shift from focusing on technology to delivering services. […]

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