Category : Special Interest Group

EUNIS Enterprise Architecture SIG: read the workshop outputs on HERM Capability model

EUNIS EA SIG had the honour to run a consultancy workshop on enterprise architecture hosted by CSUC (a shared services consortium for Catalan universities).

The two-day workshop took place in Barcelona (9th to 10th of March) and focused on practical implementation using the HERM Capability model. Read the outputs here.

If you are interested in this topic join us on 14-16 June 2023 at the EUNIS23 Congress at the University of Vigo, Spain. The EUNIS EA SIG will also organise a pre-congress day on Tuesday 13 June. We have planned 2 sessions for pre-congress day:

  • Morning meeting, where we would like to discuss the HERM model with CAUDIT (they will participate remotely) and UCISA.
  • Afternoon session on using the business capability model in HEI management. This session is open for all EUNIS members, who are interested in this topic.

There is also a presentation about Business Capabilities, Value streams etc. and a panel discussion with experts planned during the Congress days.

Read more here on how to join the EUNIS Entreprise Architecture Group.



Registration is now open for the EUNIS-GÉANT workshop on GAIA-X and EOSC: 14 October

EUNIS and GÉANT Cloud communities organise a joint online workshop on 14 October to address GAIA-X and EOSC projects and activities in an informative way to help colleagues to navigate this research infrastructure topic, asking questions like: Why do GAIA-X and EOSC exist? What are the expectations and can they be fulfilled?

You will hear different aspects and opinions by GÉANT, SURF and others, as well as expert insights from various GAIA-X projects. The preliminary programme is available here.  Register here.

Cloud management insight

GÉANT and EUNIS have teamed-up for a series of workshop exchanges on Cloud Management issues. The second joint online workshop was held on 1 April 2022.

It included topics such as GDPR, Schrems, Data classification, Security. Find out the outputs from the workshop here.

The meeting was dedicated to the members of the EUNIS Cloud Community Group & GÉANT Cloud Team.

The aim of this online workshops is to bring together our mutual communities of users, experts, and policy makers in higher education and research institutions, by exchanging knowledge, questions and experience, by addressing benefits and challenges from organisational, technical and managerial perspective.

Outputs and presentations from the 1st workshop are available here.

If you want to join the EUNIS Cloud Management Special Interest Group find out more information here. If your institution is not a EUNIS member yet, you can apply for a personal (individual) membership here.

Modeling for decision making – outputs from the EA and BI SIGs seminar in Tampere

EUNIS BI SIG and EA SIG organized a joint spring seminar about modeling for decision making in Tampere 27-28 April. The goal of the seminar was to explore how to model for strategic decision making through mapping and visualization of capabilities.  It was attended by 20 participants from 8 different HEIs in Europe.

Enterprise Architect from Alto and EA SIG lead Patrick Maltusch gave us all an introduction to the higher education capability framework based on a standardized capability maturity model  called HERM (Higher Education Reference Model). The HERM-model is based on the work of CAUDIT, UCISA, EDUCAUSE, EUNIS. At the seminar we learned how to identify the link between the strategy and the capabilities of the HEI. Through strategy bingo and several mapping exercises we learned how to use the HERM-model as a tool to analyze the strategy from a standardized, structured and holistic viewpoint.

At the seminar we were able to start to map our own data by using the capability model. This gave us participants a method to build or modify our road maps and to build a method for considering strategic actions in our HEI.

Day 2 of the training seminar we continued working on the use of the higher education business intelligence and analytics maturity model (HE-BIA), and road mapping. Patrick Maltusch has built a great training sheet which we used to map our projects to different capabilities and strategic goals and drivers. The training sheet gave us a great opportunity to quickly build a model to move forward with the visualization part.

Data visualization plays an important role enabling and facilitating strategic discussion in a more transparent way.  Elsa Cardoso, Researcher and Assistant professor at University Institute of Lisbon, Dept of Information Sciences and Technology gave an introduction on capability model and presented some nice reflections on what are capabilities, and compared also capabilities vs processes. On the second day she gave an introduction to visualization and shared nice reflections on challenges and solutions for visualizing these mapped models of strategies, capabilities and other HEIdata structures.

All the participants had a great time and also for the organizers of the training seminar Pekka Kähkipuro (TAU) who hosted the event in Tampere University, Gry Jordet KIbsgaard, Maltusch Patrik and Elsa Cardoso this was also two great days to explore the possibilities between to interesting fields and special interest groups. By joining these forces and competences we see how we can build new methods for supporting strategic decision making through using a capability model mapped with strategies and visualized through the knowledge from BI and added more HEI structured data we can see new possibilities for both EA and BI in the future for European HEIs.

After 2 full day of intense work the two special interest groups also discussed further plans for the two special interest groups and came up with some interesting ideas.

Thank you to Elsa, Pekka and Patrik for organizing a great 2 day training seminar for us, and especially thanks to Pekka for hosting such a successful event!

If you would like to get access to the presentations from this seminar join the EA or BI SIG.


Registration for the free #EUNIS22 pre-Congress workshops in now open!

We offer a series of workshops on 31 May before our annual Congress. The workshops are organised by our special interest groups and open to the EUNIS community.

Details of all of the workshops can be found in our Congress online schedule.

The workshops are offered free of charge. You do not have to be a registered Congress delegate to attend but we strongly encourage you to stay for the rest of the week and experience this fantastic event!

Find out more about EUNIS22:

Register now with the standard rate for the EUNIS 2022 Annual Congress Good for all in the Digital Word that will be held on 1–3 June 2022 at the University of GöttingenGermany. The event is planned as an on-site meeting, thus arrange your hotel booking in advance via the event’s webpage.

See the schedule here. Read more information here and follow us on social media #EUNIS22!