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Over the next few weeks, LEAPForward will be hosting Focus Groups for faculty members.  The focus group’s will be held on February 6th and 7th from 2:30-4:00pm.  As part of our initiative, we will conduct the focus groups to discover opportunities, improvements and value that can be delivered by a new Student Information System and Business Intelligence Tools.
If you would like more information about the initiative, or are interested in attending one of these upcoming focus groups, please contact us at

LEAP Hosts Student Night

On Tuesday night the LEAPForward Department hosted IT student groups for an informational night and pizza. The students viewed presentations on an overview of LEAP, Business Process Management, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Resource Management. Students also participated in scavenger hunt which allowed them to explore the building and test out innovative technology. The students asked a lot of questions and seemed to really enjoy their experience.

Thank you!

We would like to take a quick second to thank everyone who came out in the rain and attended our Open House on Tuesday.  Pictures on the event are posted on our Facebook page, so be sure to check them out!  Though we had many completed scavenger hunt forms, we would like to congratulate Molly Munson-Dryer, Stacy Ramsey, and Christy West  whose names were drawn as winners!
Thank you again to everyone who came out, and we hope that you had a great time, and learned a thing or two.


The LEAPForward team is happy to announce a new addition to our lobby – FourWinds! FourWinds is interactive software that is used to build interactive touch screen displays. The Bone Student Center utilizes the same FourWinds software with a different template design.  The LEAPForward display will be used as an informational tool for the building. It will include ways to get involved, a timeline of the initiative, photographs of past events, upcoming events, and information about each part of the initiative.

LEAPForward Open House

The Professional Development Building has undergone some significant renovations the past few months.  Now that renovations are complete, we would like to invite members of the campus community in to showcase our building.  The Open House will be November 6, 2012 from 2:00-4:00pm.  We would also like to use the Open House as an opportunity to provide educational insight into the areas of LEAPForward.  The schedule for the Open House is as follows:
2:00- Informational session on the overall LEAPForward Initiative

State of the University Address

On September 27, 2012 President Bowman presented his annual State of the University Address.  During the address, President Bowman shared news about the University, as well as plans for the future of the University. 
During the address, President Bowman spoke of the LEAPForward Initiative.  He said:
This fall, Illinois State embarks on a technological innovation with its LEAPForward project—and we ask for your help in shaping the way the University interacts with students through technology.

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.


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

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