Engage the NYU community and align strategically for desired outcomes

The "WHY" of EA is to ensure that the NYU Operating model and IT are aligned with NYU’s Strategic Pathways and IT strategy.

Business Model includes: Learning and Academics, Scholarship, Research, Community, Facilities, Administration, Operations and Sustainability. The Operating Model includes: Metrics and APIs; Strategic Pathways, Global Inclusion Diversity Belonging Equity and Access, Innovation;  Students, Learners, Continuing Learning Education, Partners; Arts & Science, Nursing, Tisch, Dentistry, Steinhardt, Law, Gallatin, Silver, Langone, Stern, SPS, Tandon, Liberal, Research, University Development and Alumni Relations, Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Global; Management, Business Processes, Operational Data (Unique to each college/campus/admin function); Shared data and artificial intelligence. The Maturity Model has the following five stages: 1. Business Silos (locally optimal solutions); 2. Standardized Technology (technology infrastructure platform); 3. Optimized Core (digital process platform); 4. Business Modularity (repository of reusable business components); 5. Digital Ecosystem (components connecting with partners)ministration Operations and Sustainability The Operating Model includes Metrics and APIs Strategic Pathways, Global Inclusion Diversity Belonging Equity and Access, Innovation Students, Learners, Continuing Learning Education, Partners Arts & Science, Nursing, Tisch, Dentistry, Steinhardt, Law, Gallatin, Silver, Langone, Stern, SPS, Tandon, Liberal, Research, University Development and Alumni Relations, Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Global Management, Business Processes, Operational Data (Unique to each college/campus/admin function) Shared data and artificial intelligence The Maturity Model has the following five stages Business Silos (locally optimal solutions) Standardized Technology (technology infrastructure platform) Optimized Core (digital process platform) Business Modularity (repository of reusable business components) Digital Ecosystem (components connecting with partners)

The NYU Operating Model. Select image to view a larger version.

EA operates as NYU's internal strategic consultancy, delivering expert guidance to schools, colleges, and campuses. Our focus lies in optimizing costs, aligning work processes, and nurturing agile innovation to advance academic excellence and drive institutional success.

ABCs of EA: Application Inventory (the single source of truth for Applications), Business Capabilities (the single source of truth for Alignment), and Community Governance.


Why Does NYU Need Enterprise Architecture?

The Winchester House in California is 24,000 square feet and contains 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors, 160 rooms, 52 skylights, 47 stairways and fireplaces, 17 chimneys, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens. The house was constructed over some time with 147 builders but without a blueprint or an architect. As a result, some doors open into walls, there are rooms with windows on the floor and stairways that lead to nowhere.

In the context of EA, the term "Winchester House" metaphorically represents a chaotic and disorganized system lacking a coherent blueprint. EA aims to be the antithesis of this by providing a strategic and well-thought-out blueprint for NYU’s structure and operations. It ensures that all components, be they data, processes, services, or technologies, align seamlessly and purposefully, avoiding unnecessary complexity or confusion. EA's goal is to bring order, efficiency, and clarity, steering away from the unpredictability associated with structures like the Winchester House.

photo of the winchester house with a second-story door that opens to the outside of the house with a two-story drop

Doorway to Nowhere, Winchester Mystery House. Photo courtesy of Sgerbic via the the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The Functions of Enterprise Architecture

The Enterprise Architecture team ensures the success of the University's data management goals by collaborating with data management and strategy experts, business analysts, and partners across NYU to provide expertise in every step toward meeting the University's data needs. This includes:

  • Reviewing business and IT alignment and key technology impacts.
  • Evolving the data management architecture and tracking innovations and advances in technology to ensure that the underlying IT infrastructure is state-of-the-art.
  • Facilitating interoperability and providing standards-based solution guidance based on the appropriate operating model.
  • Articulating best practices and standards aligned to each architecture element.
  • Engaging business and technology teams and nurturing partnerships across NYU.

NYU's Enterprise Architecture Framework

Strategy, development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of the University's enterprise architecture is overseen by three primary groups consisting of representatives across NYU.

Enterprise Architecture Support

If you have a general question about Enterprise Architecture or the data infrastructure at NYU, please email enterprise.architecture@nyu.edu.

Technical Information for Existing Users

Existing data stewards, business analysts, data managers, and other professionals who need to interact with NYU's data management infrastructure can refer to the Enterprise Architecture support site (login required). Need access? Contact enterprise.architecture@nyu.edu.