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What is TOGAF?

At Illinois State University, TOGAF is the methodology being used to help implement the brand new academic infrastructure.  Using an architecture framework, like TOGAF, will speed up and simplify the architecture deployment and make certain that the architecture selected allows for future growth in response to the needs of the university.  TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, is a proven enterprise architecture methodology and framework used by the world's leading organizations to improve business efficiency.  

Get Your Groove On

Illinois State University’s 2012 Homecoming is October 1-7th.  Here at LEAPForward we are actively preparing for the excitement that will be in the air next week.  Homecoming provides a time for alumni to fondly remember their days at ISU; to rekindle relationships with alumni friends, faculty, and staff; and to refresh about new and exciting happenings at their Alma Mater.

Educating Illinois

The Educating Illinois Task force hosted 2 open forums the past few weeks to provide an overview of Educating Illinois 2013-2018:  Individualized Attention, Shared Aspirations, the draft of the University’s next strategic plan.  The forums were open to all University constituents, as well as those from the local community.  Participants were given the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the draft plan.

A Day in the Office

Here at LEAPForward, it is rare to have everyone together in the office at the same time. LEAPForward  team members are continuously running from meeting to meeting here on campus. The other half of the team holds down the fort with their own meetings here at the PDB.

Festival ISU

Yesterday the LEAPForward team set up shop outside of Fell Hall for Festival ISU. The team handed out fliers and candy in an effort to help spread awareness of the LEAPForward initiative. “It was a great way to get our name out there and gave us a chance to talk to some of the student body” said Kara Nelson, a project specialist for LEAPForward. Despite blistering temperatures and melting candy, the team felt that overall the Festival went very well and looks forward to the next University wide event!

We've Moved

In spirit of students arriving back on campus and moving in to the residence halls this week, the LEAP Department is excited to announce that we have moved!
Though the rest of Administrative Technologies is housed in Julian Hall, the LEAP Department has made a move across campus to the Professional Development Building.  The Professional Development Building (or PDB) opened in 1993 and previously housed the Mennonite College of Nursing. 

Bowman Approves!

On July 27th, our Associate Vice President for Administrative Technologies Andrea Ballinger, and Chief Technology Officer Dr.

Get Ready to LEAP

We are LEAPForward, part of Administrative Technologies at Illinois State University.  Sponsored by the Vice Presidents and with the support of President Bowman, the LEAPForward project is an effort to modernize the design of our administrative systems.   

LEAPForward Staff Speaks Up

After meeting with several departments, eMerge feels confident and optimistic about the Business Process Management effort. Subject matter experts have been very helpful and positive through the current state process mapping where their day to day business processes are documented.  The information collected from these sessions will be used to identify opportunities for improvements and best practice.


Lean Enterprise Architecture and Processes
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Professional Development Building
Normal, Illinois 61790-3470
voice: 309.438.5327
fax: 309.438.5078
Reggie Redbird

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