Industry Standards

Industry Standards

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Founded in 2004, the Global University Alliance is a non-profit organization and international consortium of university lecturers and researchers whose aim it is to provide a collaborative platform for academic research, analysis and development and to explore leading practices, best practices as well as to develop missing practices.

Aligning intellectual resources across the academic world to:

  • RESEARCH: Address research concerns and questions that span around enterprise ontology and thereby the enterprise concepts, design, functions, tasks, information handling and governance and the relationships between those concepts within enterprise modelling and enterprise architecture disciplines.
  • UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM: Develop university curriculums for both Bachelor and Master level (existing BPM, SOA, Enterprise Architecture, Sustainability, Information Management and Project Management).
  • COMMUNITY SHARING: Share and publish the findings either in publications or to this open standard community.
  • DEVELOP STANDARDS: Package applied academic research and findings into frameworks, methods and approaches that can be the basis of repeatable standards for industries and universities alike.

The Global University Alliance has been conducting extensive and wide-ranging research comparing existing Business Model, Engineering, Architecture, Process, Implementation and Project Management standards. The research analyzed and ranked good or bad practices e.g. what works and what doesn’t and identified interlinks, connectivity’s, best practice and gaps. Realizing after intensive research the need for a fundamental shift. If you are a university teacher or researcher, we realized we had something unique. Driven by passion and love for Enterprise Modelling and Enterprise Architecture, we start to develop gaps and missing aspects, with both the framework vendors like TOGAF, as well as with companies like IBM, Oracle, CapGemini, HP, SAP etc.

What is it we do around Industry Standards

The Global University Alliance Industry Standard groups consist of non-profit User Group and Industry Standard Committees that provides a global platform for  executives, experts, academics, thought-leaders, practitioners and researchers to Industry Standards based on Best Practice & Leading Practices.

Why we do it

Simply said, because of the lack of existing Industry Standards in the areas of  Enterprise, Business Management, Information & Technology and Transformation.

Through our analysis and research within the Global University Alliance, consisting of +400 universities, academics and researchers, we have identified that the lack of repeatable standards are the single source of high cost, lack of innovation as well as a cause for inefficiencies within organizations. The need to develop reusable/replicable patterns that can be implemented by any organization, both large and small, regardless of its products/services or activities was apparent.

How is it we do it

The Industry Standards are the result of international industry expert and academic consensus and agreement. The standards are both agnostic and vendor neutral and are built on repeatable patterns that can be reused/replicated and thereby implemented by any organization, both large and small, regardless of its products/services or activities. All together describing the set of procedures an organization needs to follow in order to replicate the ability to identify, create and realize value in the specified area/subject.

The Industry Standards have been developed in the following ways:

  • Research and analyze Industry Best Practice & Leading Practices.
  • Identify common and repeatable patterns (the basis of our standards).
  • Develop the Industry Standards that increase the level of re-usability and replication.
  • Build Industry accelerators within the standards, enabling to adopt and reproduce the Best & Leading Practices.

In which areas do we develop Industry Standards

We develop Industry Standards in the following 4 areas:

  1. Business Management Standards
  2. Information & Technology Standards
  3. Enterprise Standards
  4. Transformation Standards

Today, well over 1200 people are in the above 3 mentioned areas various Industry Standards registered in the 55 different Industry User Groups & Standard Committees and working groups.

Business Management Standards:

  1. Strategy Standards
  2. Finance Standards
  3. Procurement Standards
  4. Human Resource Standards
  5. Production Standards
  6. Marketing Standards
  7. Sales Standards
  8. Customer Service Standards
  9. Call Center Standards
  10. Supply Chain & Logistics Standards
  11. Competency Standards
  12. Compliance Standards
  13. Value Management Standards
  14. Performance Management Standards
  15. Risk Management Standards

Information & Technology Standards:

  1. Information Management Standards
  2. Knowledge Management Standards
  3. Analytic Standards
  4. Reporting Standards
  5. Social Media Standards
  6. Application Standards
  7. Rule Modelling Standards
  8. Enterprise Security Standards
  9. Service Oriented Computing Standards
  10. Data Standards
  11. Testing Standards
  12. Platform Standards
  13. Infrastructure Standards
  14. Blueprinting Standards
  15. Implementation Standards

Enterprise Standards:

  1. Forces & Drivers (external/internal) Standards
  2. Business Model Standards
  3. Operating Model Standards
  4. Enterprise Requirement Standards
  5. Enterprise Architecture Standards
  6. Stakeholder Management Standards
  7. Program Management Standards
  8. Project Management Standards
  9. Process Standards
  10. Measurement Standards
  11. Governance Standards
  12. Lifecycle Standards
  13. Maturity Standards
  14. Decomposition & Composition Standards
  15. Enterprise Sustainability

Transformation Standards:

  1. Continuous Improvement Standards
  2. Organizational Development Standards
  3. Optimization Standards
  4. Effectiveness Standards
  5. Efficiency Standards
  6. Quality improvement Standards
  7. Re-engineering Standards
  8. Change Management Standards
  9. Root Cause Analysis
  10. Transformation Benchmarking

What the Industry Standards include

We realize that organizations apply various method and approaches, therefore we have ensured that all our Industry Standards have a structured Way of Thinking, Working, Modelling, Implementation and Governance.

To ensure full integration to other method and approaches within an organization, the industry standards have an ontology and semantic concept build in that allows for the industry standards meta objects to be reused and thereby applied. This includes applying the industry standards:

  • engineering principles – how and where it can or needs to be decomposed and composed together.
  • modelling principles – which design concepts can or should be applied.
  • architecture principles – which architecture rules apply and which artifacts and templates e.g. maps, matrices and models could or should be used.

Creating the ability to “unify” different concepts in combining the relevant aspect. Developing a whole new concept of agile integration and standardization.

The Industry User Groups that are part of developing the Industry Standards

Our User Group is a set and collection  of industry organizations and people who have similar industry interests, goals, and/or concerns. As our User Group have members distributed throughout the world, they communicate with various technologies from websessions, chat capabilities, message boards, mailing lists to skype meetings. While the user group are devoted to one Industry or subindustry, the subjects researched and analyzed within the industry are used as input in the multiple industry standards. It can however happen that a specific user group is devoted to a narrow range of industry ideas and concepts. In this case the user group has a special interest group.

We have the following User Groups & Standard Committees and working groups.

  • Defence
  • Airline
  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Brewing
  • Electronics
  • Energy Utilities
  • Healthcare
  • Oil & Gas
  • Retail
  • Railways
  • Insurance
  • Shipping
  • Postal
  • Manufacturing
  • Life-science
  • Telecommunication

Examples of sub-Industry Groups that can be within an Industry User Group:

  • Government
    • Finance & Treasury
    • Customs & Border Services
    • Foreign Affairs & Trade
    • Health
    • Agriculture & Food
    • Labour & Social Services
    • Secret Intelligence Services
    • Social Services
    • Energy & Natural Resources
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Tourism
    • Transport & Infrastructure
    • Justice
    • Culture
    • Local Government

How can I join

If you want to join any of the Industry Standards User Groups please fill out this form.

The User Groups & Industry Standard Board

Georg Etzel
LEADing Practice, Co-CEO
User Group & Standard Committee Board Member

Professor Mark von Rosing
Global University Alliance Board Chairman
LEADing Practice Founder

Professor Hans Scheruhn
Global University Alliance Co-Chairman
Harz University (Hochschule Harz), Germany

Henk Kuil
LEAD Enterprise Architect at KLM/AirFrance
Chairman of the Airline User Group & Standard Committee

Bas Bach
LEAD Enterprise Architect at Dutch Railway
Chairman of the Railway User Group & Standard Committee

Professor Simon Polovina
Global University Alliance Board Co-Chairman
Chairman of the Semantic Research & Standard Committee

Mikael Munk
Chief Architect and CIO at Saxo Bank
Chairman of the Banking User Group & Standard Committee

Professor Wim Laurier
Global University Alliance Enterprise Ontology Research responsible
Chairman of the Enterprise Ontology Research & Standard Committee

Download a PDF copy of the Research & Industry Standards document.