IT Architecture Planning & Guidebook (specifically to be implemented as a wiki)
Completed, the content is available for on-going reference and discussion.
Proposed templates and review process have been proposed, but no standing committee or regular review has yet been implemented.
Subversion has been implemented in production and socialized within the UTS integration team and parts of R&HS. We need to continue to educate and train staff to use Subversion and organize content appropriately into the future.
Subversion has been implemented in production and is in use for managing configurations of new SOA and Java applications. We need to continue to educate and train staff to use Subversion for other appropriate types of configurations.
Completed extensive proof-of-concept initiatives and we are presently implementing the EAI and SOA infrastructure in development. The architecture and integration teams have completed extensive training and UTS, R&HS, and OIT Architecture have implemented several integrations already using these technologies.
Completed the process convening the Architecture Review Team and integrating the architecture review into UTS project management lifecycle. Research & Health Sciences has begun participating in the architecture review.
Completed the selection, development, and packaging of a model office application (Job Family System) and re-implemented this application in Flex, a new rich internet application (RIA) framework. Next we should complete an assessment of current web application architectures throughout OIT and define a target architecture.
Application User Authorization & Management
Deployed Grid Grouper as part of the ACTSI Biomedical Informatics Program architecture initiative to evaluate its feasibility as core authorization infrastructure. UTS is also evaluating Grouper and we plan to bring these evaluations together in 2011.
Worked with UTS and R&HS to implement Shibboleth for user authentication and sigle sign-on in a manner that can be extended to federated authentication to serve as research collaboration infrastructure for the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute and other collaborations.
Collaborate with CCI on projects using new SOA and EAI Infrastructure at Emory
Completed the initial ACTSI Biomedical Informatics Program architecture document with the Center for Comprehensive Informatics, R&HS, and other BIP participants. Deploying the ACTSI Biomedical Informatics Proof-of-Concept Grid.
Collaborate with R&HS on Demonstrating and Implementing Applications with Semantic Web Technologies
No opportunity has presented itself to work specifically with R&HS on Semantic Web Technologies. However, Emory IT Architecture has taken the lead in the PESC EdUnify project for creating a registry of web services across higher education based on the BioCatalogue web service registry. This application support the registration, discovery, annotation, and monitoring of web services and may serve as the basis for other registries such as Emory's own registry, ACTSI BIP, or other collaborations.
Support the completed initiatives 1, 3, 4, 5 with Training, Measure Continued Progress, and Report on Status
Collaborate with OIT Units on the OIT-wide Architecture Review Process
One of the recommendations of Emory's OneIT Experience initiative was to establish OIT-wide IT architecture reviews to provide a checkpoint for documenting IT standards and practices and reviewing projects' compliance with those standards. OIT leadership resolved to convene two IT Architecture Review Teams, one for Emory University and one for Emory Healthcare with the goal of merging these review processes in the future. The University IT Architecture Review is comprised of representatives from University Technology Services and Research & Health Sciences IT with participation from OIT Information Security and OIT Architecture. The Emory Healthcare Technical Review Team includes representatives from Emory Healthcare, OIT Information Security, and OIT Architecture.
Implement Emory Web Service Registry
Emory Healthcare and Emory University have both implemented contemporary, service-oriented architectures for integration. These technologies and skills help integrate information systems. For example, when a researcher needs lab results from Emory Healthcare for patients participating in their study, OIT can route messages containing this data between Emory Healthcare and University research systems with appropriate logging, auditing, and security. In order to make the best use of these integration resources, Emory has begun registering all of its Web Services into a web service registry at https://demo.webservices.emory.edu. All OIT units are actively registering web services here, so any member of the Emory community may view what web services are available. In 2012 Emory will implement a production web service registry and encourage broader participation by all Emory units creating web services.
Complete Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute Biomedical Informatics Grid Proof-of-Concept with Research PACS and other Scenarios
OIT Architecture and the Center for Comprehensive informatics completed a proof-of-concept deployment of core grid services and sample applications. This work was done on cloud-based virtual hosting resources. Further work and use of Emory resources on this project was withheld, pending approval for the necessary funding for this project. No funding has yest been identified to deploy this infrastructure on Emory OIT virtual hosting resources and operate this infrastructure. The cloud-based deployments have been quiesced.
Develop Web Application Standards and Reference Implementations
OIT Architecture, University Technology Service, and Research & Health Sciences IT collaborated to explore Flex and Google Web Toolkit as candidate web application development frameworks. Before selecting these two candidate frameworks many other were considered, but these two were deemed the most feature rich and flexible. The group achieved consensus on using Google Web Toolkit, primarily because Flex does not work on iPad browsers. OIT Architecture worked with University Technology Services, Research & Health Sciences IT, and on its own web application development projects to develop patterns for using Google Web Toolkit. These patterns are now in their second revision.
Implement Business Process Management Infrastructure
OIT Architecture worked briefly with Research & Health Sciences IT and University Technology Services to deploy and provide a rudimentary web services interface to jBPM. jBPM is an open source business process management engine that Research & Health Sciences IT was interested in using with eCOI and potentially other applications. After several intensive meetings on this project, Research & Health Sciences IT decided that they were not interested in implement BPM infrastructure in the short term and the initiative ended.
Implement EdUnify Web Service Registry for Higher Education Beta
Work with OTT to establish iPhone Application Procedures and Sell and Distribute iPhone Applications for Emory
Complete 5.0 Release of the OpenEAI Foundation and Toolkit Console