Institutions often implement learning environments and IT platforms as separate efforts despite their commonalities. Holistic planning and thoughtful attention to IT enterprise architecture will be key to successful implementation of both the next generation digital learning environment and next generation enterprise IT.
Josie DeBaere is the Director of Technology Architecture in Information Services and Technology at Boston University. In this capacity, Josie leads a group responsible for the strategic planning and technical design of infrastructure services including Identity and Access Management services and Virtual Hosting services. She serves on the Boston University Enterprise Architecture and Infrastructure governance committee, working closely with faculty and staff from all areas of the university to advise the CIO on strategic planning in computing infrastructure services. She also leads the cross-disciplinary Architecture Board in the development of a TOGAF-based Enterprise Architecture practice in IS&T and in the review and evaluation of information technology budget requests.
Josie is a long-time member of the Boston University community which she joined after earning a B.Sc. in Honors Mathematics from McGill University. While a graduate student in the Mathematics and Computer Science departments, she worked in several capacities at the university: she worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Mathematics department and later as a Systems Programmer for the team doing custom development of VPS, the time-sharing system which served as the primary computing system for over 20,000 faculty, staff and student users until the mid-1990s. After earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science, she continued her tenure at Boston University in the Systems Programming department. Over the years, her contributions to Boston University’s computing environments have spanned a broad range and several generations of institutional resources, including the management of large-scale Unix-based email and computational platforms and key enterprise infrastructure systems and services.
Josie is also active in the community outside of Boston University. An alumna of the Winsor School in Boston, she served as the President of the Alumnae Association and on the School’s Board of Trustees. She also supported the Boston Biomedical Research Institute as a member of its Board of Trustees and held leadership positions on the Institute’s Finance Committee and Executive Committee.
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