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What is Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation?

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is fairly new to colleges and universities. It was initially used in government and large corporations to align technology spending with business strategy. This expanded into many areas including networking, security, applications, cloud computing, risk management, governance, capability-based planning, change management, as well as infrastructure architecture. 

The definition of EA has changed over the years and the latest version from Gartner is Business Outcome-Driven EA:

Business Outcome-Driven EA is a practical approach designed to deliver signature-ready and actionable recommendations to business and IT leaders. These recommendations enable business and IT leaders to adjust policies and projects to achieve target business outcomes based on the business direction and relevant business disruptions. — Gartner

EA helps to standardize technology solutions and tries to avoid building one-off systems that few people can support. It also makes sure when new systems or applications are acquired there is consideration for things like interfaces, security, and business continuity. Getting more visibility into all of the technologies on campus also helps eliminate duplication of applications and services.

Technology Innovation (TI) is about keeping up with current technologies and finding opportunities to incorporate them into the technology architecture. Innovation is very important to staying current and competitive in the higher education environment. It leads to efficiencies and savings related to things like power consumption, space, speed, and time needed to implement projects.

Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation together help to guide technology directions and improve technical solutions and applications.

Meet Our Team

Tim Larson
Enterprise Architect

Our Mission

The mission of EA&TI is to optimize technology solutions by incorporating innovation, standardization, and technology project oversight to align business outcomes with the University Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation (EA&TI) group is to ensure that technical solutions being implemented by the University follow technology standards and incorporate innovation wherever possible.

 To accomplish this, the EA&TI will:

  • Stay current on new technologies and promote innovation
  • Work with other technology professionals on campus to define guidelines and standards
  • Work closely with the Project Management Office (PMO) to review incoming projects
  • Look for ways to improve campus technology for students, faculty and staff
  • Ensure technology solutions take into account security and business continuity
  • Work with all University departments to improve consistency and collaboration


The vision of EA&TI is to become the trusted advisor for all types of technology projects anywhere in the University. To create an environment of open communication, collaboration, and visibility across all departments related old and new technology solutions. Reduce duplication and help to build a more supportable, secure, and efficient technology infrastructure that helps the University move closer to its strategic goals.

Our Strategy

The EA discipline in the University of Central Florida will be developed by the core EA&TI team, with support as required by subject matter experts and business, information, domain, and solution architects, as required.

EA&TI will look at the architectural direction for the next three- to five-years .This will be prioritized and focused in support of the business priorities by UCF IT Senior Management. This charter will be renewed on an annual basis in time for the budgeting process at the start of the year.

The primary focus of the EA&TI team will be in support of business outcomes — specifically in support of the organization’s stated business strategy to become much more digitized in its approach. This will, in turn, determine the requirements for staffing and activities in business, information, solution, technical, and EA.

Projects will not be run by the EA&TI team but the EA&TI team will liaise closely with the Project Management Office (PMO) to reflect architectural changes or issues.

The EA&TI team will participate in the creation of the strategy documents developed by IT and by the business.

What we do

EA&TI serves several functions in collaboration with University departments, vendors, and other areas of UCF IT. The review and guidance of technology projects as well as the promotion of innovation are the main functions. 

Planning Services

  • Architecture Expectation Development
  • Architecture Plan Development
  • Concept Evaluations
  • Business Transformation Readiness Assessment
  • Capability-Based Planning
  • Review of Proposed Architectures

 Collaboration Services

  • Requirements Gathering
  • Architecture Workshop Facilitation
  • Trade off and Risk Management
  • Stakeholder Analysis

Development Services

  • Architecture Vision Creation
  • Architecture Inventory
  • Capability Road maps Support
  • Gap Analysis
  • Process Development
  • Architecture Development

Management Services

  • Architecture Repository Consulting
  • Architecture Assessment and Review
  • Contractor Evaluation
  • Architecture Change Management

Usage Services

  • Migration Planning 
  • Capability Assessment 
  • Enterprise Architecture Analysis and Reporting 

 Decision Support Services

  • Governance Evaluation and Consulting
  • Compliance Creation Services
  • Program Compliance Evaluation

Innovation Services

  • Technology Research and Evaluation
  • Innovation Prototyping and Testing
  • Innovation Road maps
  • Innovation Workshops

Team Initiatives

  • Establish an Architecture Governance Committee (AGC)
  • Conduct EA Maturity Assessment. 
  • Establish an EA&TI Governance Model. 
  • Identify an architectural model and create a set of proposals to support digital business and a bimodal approach with a focus on innovation. 
  • Create an EA&TI organizational model for future expansion.