Enterprise Architecture

EUNIS Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Group

Mission and Scope

The Higher Education Institutions need to describe their services in relation to processes, application services and capabilities. This approach specifically provides benefits for project initiatives that create or design service concepts and eases the description in a unified way of the produced service itself.

The main role of the EA Special Interest Group is to display the EA work done within the sector, harmonize used terminology, be enabler for producing descriptions that can be used for mapping thus showcasing a European wide set of HEI services in a unified form (incl. vocabulary and notation).
Proficient EA actors within the HEI can provide practical examples to lower the entry for newcomers and minder the work burden associated with documenting the Service landscape. In return, it will give proof of concept and qualitatively improve the terminology used.

Key activities will be but not exclusively:

• establish and maintain presence on EUNIS webpages (contacts, meetings and agendas)
• establish co-creation portal (theoretical framework; metamodel)
• establish and maintain ECHEIEA-repository (HEI Services)
• define a Service Card structure (common service description model)
• establish and maintain a Relation map (between Services and Actors; Processes and Application Services)

EUNIS SIG activities such as workshops are at minimum held once each quarter as on-line meetings if not otherwise agreed. Main activities will take place in conjunction with annual EUNIS Congress or workshops that tie-in with the topic. Other meetings and small group activities will be scheduled when necessary. We encourage national chapters to display their meetings on SIG calendar.

pre-Congress EA workshop on 4 June 2019

The Enterprise Architecture SIG workshop was targeted to architects, managers and others interested in the use of Enterprise Architecture as a tool in digitization of universities. Experiences about challenges and solutions, both in terms of practical benefit to those working as architects and on how enterprise architecture is used in institutions, have been exchanged. Practical examples were given on how enterprise architecture is implemented at Nordic (NEA-SIG) and National level (FI KA-SIG) and at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and technology). The guest speaker from UCISA presented a Capability Model. Read more. The workshop outcome is documented in EUNIS EA SIG’s Team Drive as well as the presentations.

Follow-up activities

We continue organizing informative events and the next scheduled meeting will be an online meeting which invitation has just been sent out to our mailing list (ea@eunis.org). If you have not joined that list please do so (email: esa.suominen@eunis.org).

The upcoming EA SIG internal on-line workshops will be held in two following sessions on 20th November (11.00 -1.30 pm CET) and on 21st November (1.30 pm – 4.00 pm CET). It is recommended to participate in both sessions.

The preliminary agenda includes work in two tracks:

  • Strategy & Governance: European interoperability framework
  • Capabilities

If we get enough attendance to our meeting we will be able to work on our chosen development items and heatmap template of the Canvas. Please be active to promote our common goals and participate in the development!

EA SIG Leaders: Patrik Maltusch & Esa Suominen