The award committee is a global organisation, iCMG, specialized in information technology enterprise architecture. The jury reviewing the award proposals is composed of thought leaders in industry, academia, and government. In particular, John Zachman is the leading figure behind the awards and he is considered to be the inventor and father of enterprise architecture. He is an author and a pioneer in the field of IT.
When KAUST was started in 2009, one of the objectives was to set up IT in a sound way, so established standards were used to set up an Enterprise Architecture in order to support the strategic objectives of KAUST. The method used by KAUST consisted of building an architectural framework with data architecture, application architecture, and technology architecture, along with a governance structure to enhance its capability as per the growing need of the organisation. The primary focus was to have a well-defined service catalogue that addresses the academic, research, residential needs of the KAUST community.
KAUST IT used as much as possible the TOGAF standard to build the framework. This is an Enterprise Architecture standard, which covers how to set up the architecture of the business, the data, the applications, and the technology. Other standard approaches used are Business Process Management, Lean Six Sigma and ITIL.
The Framework Scuba tool was developed by KAUST IT, and this tool details the Enterprise Architecture. An Enterprise Architecture Board was set up. Members are CIO, IT managers, and team members.
KAUST IT is in the process of migrating some of the systems to the Cloud and the enterprise architecture framework is of immense help in ensuring a smooth transitioning of the systems and also in cataloging the newer systems and related components.