Strategy and Architecture
The IT strategy and architecture team is responsible for addressing critical issues such as the security, usability, and dependability of technology resources used in Bible translation. It is their job to pull from the knowledge banks of technology, business, culture, and environment to recommend solutions in an understandable and manageable way.
Their role in these issues can take the form of facilitator, consultant, diplomat, subject matter expert, or all of the above. The IT strategy and architecture team’s aim is to improve the technical environment in which Bible translation works. They design solutions that can partner with other organizations through cooperation and coordination.
- Business modeling and analysis to provide various views useful to business transformation
- Strategy to think through business goals and resources needed to support them
- Business architecture to align systems with missions and goals and integrate them across business segments
- Continuity planning to ensure that mission-critical processes and services are restored with minimal disruption when adverse events occur
- Information assurance to ensure that corporate data remains available and secure and also incorporates a framework of policies and standards
- Consulting and mentoring to advance the skills of organizations
As corporate use of the cloud expanded, an organization’s leadership struggled to decide whether its IT department should embrace or reject these cloud services for organization-wide use. Some staff had already been using Google apps services. The strategy and architecture group was assigned the task of analyzing the organization’s potential move to Google Apps for Nonprofits.
They found that certain services that were already being provided in-house could be provided by Google free or at low cost. After evaluating the pros and cons, the organization went forward with Google Apps for Nonprofits.
Over the seventy-plus years that an organization had been focused on Bible translation, many scholarly works, technical reports, teaching materials, multimedia clips, databases, and other materials had been developed.
These items had never been preserved digitally in one location for use by the rest of the organization and its partners.
With expertise in strategy and architecture, the organization’s information division researched and helped implement a system. They then migrated all these items into a bibliography.
This system protects and preserves resources for ongoing use by future generations, and shares that knowledge within and outside the organization.