Technology Architecture Team: Providing a New Administrative Systems Technical Architecture to Meet Changing Business Needs

ASMP 2.0’s Technology Architecture team oversees the projects that will replace the University’s current administrative systems technical architecture with a new architecture platform that offers more functionality and is scalable, reliable, and secure.

“The Administrative Systems Master Plan stated that the technical architecture of the University is aging and is on a legacy infrastructure that is no longer being supported by the market,” said Julienne VanDerZiel, the University’s Director of ITS Applications and the ASMP 2.0 Technology Architecture Director. “While our current systems have served the University well for years, we need to move to new supporting technologies that can help us more easily integrate with modern technologies such as cloud-based systems.”

The first project undertaken by the Technology Architecture team was the Technology Architecture Design and Specifications (TADS) project.

“As part of TADS, more than a hundred people were involved in the selection of our administrative systems technical architecture components,” said VanDerZiel. “We have finalized our selections, received approval and presented to governance groups and the overall community.  TADS will conclude with the creation of the plans to transition systems and staff to the new architecture.  The next project, Technology Architecture Implementation (TAI), will be focused on installing, configuring, and transitioning staff to the new architecture.  The team has already begun procuring the new architecture components, with both the ESB and storage purchases in progress.”

The ultimate goal of a new technical architecture, said VanDerZiel, is to allow the University’s IT professionals to focus their skills on solving business problems and more quickly and readily meet the University’s changing business needs, not figuring out architecture, tools, and environments.

“Right now our developers are left on their own for many things outside of the mainframe ecosystem,” said VanDerZiel. “In the future, they will be able to look to the new Administrative Systems Technical Architecture to provide them key underlying components such as an Enterprise Service Bus, document management, and electronic document signatures that they do not have access to today.”

Once the Administrative Systems Technical Architecture selections have been approved, units can begin figuring out how they can take advantage of the new architecture to reduce costs and time in developing new solutions to replace their current mainframe applications. The University mainframe is scheduled to be retired by 2020.

There are many ways for campus to stay informed as the Technology Architecture team transitions from TADS to TAI, said Cassidy Santaguida, ASMP 2.0’s Training and Organizational Change Lead for Technical Staff.

“In addition to email updates, we will also have a series of FYI sessions that take place during the normally scheduled Administrative IT FYI sessions,” said Santaguida. “We’ll cover a variety of content in those FYI sessions including periodic project updates, but we will also use those sessions to do some high level introductory training and answer any questions from our technical community.”

For more information on the work being performed by the Technology Architecture team, visit their webpage on the ASMP 2.0 website or visit the FYI site to watch past FYI presentations and see a schedule of future presentations.

By: Kerri Battles

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