Committee on Technology and Architecture - Technology Subcommittee


The Committee on Technology and Architecture (CTA) is central to the success of IT Governance as its work will maximize the impact of IT in all mission areas at the university.  CTA is composed of a governance committee (CTA-Gov) with a standing technology subcommittee (CTA-Tech). CTA-Tech is comprised of leading technologists from a cross-section of the UCSF mission areas who provide expertise and guidance on technologies and architecture. CTA-Tech members possess the knowledge and expertise to represent the “now, near, future” state of technology.

The CTA focuses on architecture technologies across UCSF and is asked to think holistically about how the technology architecture for UCSF can best support all aspects of the university’s mission including education, patient care, public service, and research in advancing health worldwide. The CTA will support the IT Governance Steering Committee by:

  • Defining a “now, near, future” state of IT architecture that is technically leading, supportive of UCSF Departments and Campus goals, and transparent where appropriate to foster broad collaboration
  • Overseeing the development and prioritization of a two-year technical roadmap for CTA supported service lines, as defined in collaboration with ITGSC, and approved jointly with CTA and ITGSC
  • Monitoring initiatives in each supported service line and advising service line managers when course corrections are needed
  • Routinely measuring and monitoring the ROI/opportunity of new and ongoing technology service or solution initiatives
  • Partnering with UCSF IT service line managers to ensure development of plans for the continuation and/or sunset/replacement of a service
  • Recommending annual technology investment priorities to the ITGSC
  • Informing UCSF IT about the skill sets and staffing organization needed to realize the architectural vision

Roles of CTA

Roles of CTA-Tech

  • CTA-Tech Chair
    • Co-leads the overall activities of the CTA w/ the CTA-Gov Chair
    • Manages the work of the CTA-Tech in support of CTA functions
    • Is a member of the CTA-Gov
    • Selects CTA-Tech members in consultation with CTA Gov Chair and ITGSC Chair
    • In partnership with CTA-Gov chair ensures meeting attendance at other ITG subcommittee meetings as a mechanism to understand projects and progress of ITR initiatives
  • CTA-Tech Members
    • Provides expertise and guidance on technologies and architecture to inform decision making of the CTA-Gov
    • Reviews and approves service line architectures and overall architectural roadmaps
    • Reviews and assists with the development of proposals for ITGSC funding for architectural projects
    • Recommends formation of additional committees or work groups to support the work of the CTA
    • Expect to contribute 10-15 hours per month

Roles of CTA-Gov

  • CTA-Gov Chair 
    • Ensures the goals of the UCSF mission are represented in the CTA discussions and recommendations
    • Leads proactive discussions about emerging approaches in architecture
    • Moderates the discussion within the committee and builds consensus for future directions
    • Selects CTO-Gov members in consultation with CTA-Tech Chair and ITGSC Chair
    • In partnership with CTA-Tech chair, ensures meeting attendance at other ITG subcommittee meetings as a mechanism to understand projects and progress of ITR initiatives
  • CTA-Gov Members 
    • Ensures the goals of their UCSF mission area are represented in the CTA discussions and recommendations;
    • Communicates updates to departmental IT units and UCSF IT;
    • Provides two-way feedback on architecture recommendations, specific initiatives, and architecture-related issues to other ITG committees;
    • Expect to contribute 3-5 hours per month to prepare for, participate in meetings and complete follow up as needed.

The CTA-Gov meets regularly to review and discuss relevant initiatives and projects. The committee will maintain departmental and UCSF IT representation in order to achieve its charge and facilitate collaboration across the mission.  The CTA-Tech meets more frequently (at least monthly) to review and coordinate work in support of the CTA meetings.