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Design - Strategy and Architecture


The Strategy and Architecture function covers a broad range of roles and capabilities to deliver a service that is design led, customer focused and service centric. Strategy and Architecture strives to define the relationship between the various IT services, systems and processes to deliver the University strategies and business plans. It acts as the interface between the technical teams and the wider University, to better understand requirements and plan accordingly.

The changing digital technology landscape and the increase in Software as a Service (SaaS) and other emerging technologies requires a wide range of new skills in the IT service. Strategy and Architecture recognises this through forward looking technology strategies, supported by policies and technical designs.

Our teams

Strategy and Architecture consists of three broad teams, each playing a critical role in understanding requirements and designing effective solutions:

The IT Security & Compliance function develops robust information security, risk management, and audit and compliance strategies supported by appropriate methodologies to protect the University's IT systems and information assets. It ensures that the various systems and services are properly designed, from the outset, to meet regulatory and legal obligations as well as academic and professional services expectations.

Ali Mitchell, Head of IT Security and Compliance
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This team includes a variety of roles relating to enterprise and technical architecture, business analysis and service design.

The Enterprise Architecture function works to build a holistic view of College and Professional Services’ strategies, business processes, information, and technologies to ensure that the future direction for the University and IT are aligned whilst balancing the University’s short and long term objectives.

The Business Analysis function helps the Colleges and Professional Services analyse their current and targets states, apply business architecture and analysis techniques, in order to identify opportunities, and gather detailed requirements that deliver innovative IT solutions to business requirements.

Service design co-ordinates and defines all aspects of an IT service and its requirements through each stage of its lifecycle including the availability of IT services, the capacity of the IT service and infrastructure to deliver agreed service level targets, and ensure business continuity is managed effectively.

Karl Walker, Head of Architecture (Enterprise Architect)
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The business relationship manager function is to build trust with the Colleges and Professional Services and promote the value of IT services, investments and capabilities. They are an advocate on behalf of the Colleges and Professional Services, understanding and challenging their strategies and plans, and ensuring that the digital and IT services meets their requirements.

The IT business relationship managers are the first ‘port of call’ for requirements relating to new or existing services. They work closely with the architecture team and others to ensure that the initial idea is further developed into a design, which can then be passed to the development teams.

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IT Business Relationship Manager Portfolio