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Higher Education Reference Model v3.0.0

The UCISA Enterprise Architecture Group have announced the release of version 3 of the Higher Education Reference Models (HERM).   These models are developed and curated by a working group of the Enterprise Architecture Community of Practice within the Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), with contributions and support from the UK, Europe and America.

The new version introduces an Application Reference Model alongside the existing Business Capability Model, Business Model Canvas, and Data Model.  The Data Model has some significant improvements, notably separating individuals and roles.  There are some comparatively minor tweaks to the Business Capability Model.

There will be a Technology Reference Model to follow in version 3.1, which is scheduled for release in our summer (Australia’s winter).

I’m very interested in the Application & Technology Reference Models.  I will be keen to see whether they can help us structure our planning for the Digital Estate, perhaps by creating TOGAF-style Application and Technology Roadmaps.

UCISA officially announced the new release at the UCISA 2024 conference today. although members of the EA community had a preview over the weekend.  There is a lot to digest in the new release and I already have a lot of questions.   I hope the EA community at large will help us work out how to make the most of this new resource.

You can read the full release notes here:

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