EA Conceptual Technology Principles

Five Key Conceptual Technology Principles Guide Technology Decisions.

Technology Principles Description

Ensure university alignment is an imperative.

Ensure that investment and capability are demonstrably aligned with defined university direction and that they are driven by the strategic needs of the university. 

Information is an enterprise asset.

Information is valued as an enterprise asset, leveraged across the information value chain to enhance competitive advantage and accelerate decision making. University-wide access to relevant information is the rule, not the exception.

Manage enterprise assets through the entire life cycle.

OSU will recognize that assets (including technology assets) have a life cycle and manage the enterprise assets accordingly. It will also ensure that the total cost of acquisitions is defined over the entire life cycle of the asset and included in the business case supporting the acquisition. A simple version of the asset life cycle is as follows:  Emerging, Mainstream, Containment and Retirement.

Standardize, rationalize, componentize, encapsulate, and interoperate.

OSU will appoint stewards from business and IT to manage portfolios in order to perform the following tasks. Optimize the physical number of assets in each asset class. Reduce or eliminate variation among assets in each asset class. Develop highly granular modules and processes that can be reused many times. Limit the interconnections between things by reducing the way different classes of components interact. Physically house assets in common locations. Business process, information, software and hardware need to conform to defined standards that promote interoperability.

Ensure effective compliance.

OSU will acknowledge its university obligations and invest in change programs that are compliant with the legal and regulatory requirements imposed upon it.