Enterprise Standards Overview

Graphic showing the components of the EA program, including process and procedures, technology planning, technology reference model, technology review board, technology standards, and guiding principles.

This graphic depicts the facets of the enterprise architecture program.

The University enterprise architect is responsible for establishing IT standards and best practices, maintaining a six-year information technology capital plan, and representing the “voice” of the IT community. Broadly, enterprise architecture is a means to provide alignment to and awareness of University of Minnesota enterprise technologies throughout their entire lifecycle (RFP to retirement).

Intended benefits of the enterprise architecture program include:

  • Ensuring enterprise IT services are strategic and in alignment with the University’s mission;
  • Promoting the use of shared services, resulting in increased efficiency and reduced costs;
  • Reducing redundancy by raising awareness of the University’s technology inventory;
  • Freeing departmental resources for innovation by diminishing the need for custom solutions; and
  • Helping the University comply with regulatory and risk-management requirements.

Technology Policies

The University of Minnesota information technology policies are available in the University-wide policy library. Policies directly relating to technology topics are:

Related policies can be found on the Information Security Policies page.

Technology Framework

The University of Minnesota enterprise architecture program is based on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). This framework was selected by the enterprise architecture formal community of practice, a highly collaborative group of technologists from across the University of Minnesota system. Learn more about TOGAF.

Enterprise Definition

The technology review board has approved the current, working definition for an enterprise system. 

An enterprise system:

  • can be used by all at the University of Minnesota, including all system campuses and all units—both collegiate and non-collegiate; 
  • follows University policies and standards;
  • fits into the University's enterprise architecture; and
  • has been approved by the University's enterprise architect.

The technology for the vast majority of these systems will be managed by the Office of Information Technology (OIT), but some systems may be managed by a non-OIT unit.

Note: Funding is determined as a separate activity and is not pre-determined based on a system's "enterprise" designation. In other words, determination of "enterprise" is independent of funding model.

Information Security Standards

The Enterprise Architecture program is closely aligned and co-consultative with University Information Security Services. Learn more about security policies and standards on the Information Security Standards and University Information Security Services pages.