The Architecture

Draft Guiding Principles for Enterprise Architecture at Harvard

We have adopted and revised a set of guiding principles from mature Enterprise Architecture efforts and initiatives.

Based on the work of the University of Washington


"Standards help to ensure consistency, thus improving the ability to support/manage systems, improve usability, and reduce technical costs."

User-Centered (Based on: "Simple")

"Ease-of-use encourages users to readily adopt and work within the integrated information environment instead of developing isolated systems to accomplish their tasks. Solutions should follow patterns and blueprints to reduce complexity and increase maintainability. Training is kept to a minimum, and the risk of using or altering a system improperly is lowered."

Adopting a service mindset when delivering IT capabilities requires centering the needs of end users. The users of some capabilities are people in the University community, while others may have IT staff or systems as users.

Based on the work of TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Forum)

In progress: Review and adoption of relevant TOGAF principles.