Higher education institutions are currently facing many challenges that are making them to start compete strategically, like other not-for-profit firm. To adequately support such new approach, their information systems and business strategies should be totally aligned. However, the current existing landscape of heterogeneous information systems and applications deployed in many institutions can compromise such aim. Recently, reference architectures and models have emerged as instruments suitable to help company's decision-makers to cope with such tensions. However, whilst many of such architectural models already exist for several industries, little has been done so far in higher education. In this paper, we briefly review major existing developments in such way before to inductively derive a unified information systems reference model tailored for higher education institutions.
Sanchez-Puchol, F., Pastor-Collado, J. A., & Borrell, B. (2017). Towards an Unified Information Systems Reference Model for Higher Education Institutions. In Procedia Computer Science (Vol. 121, pp. 542–553). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2017.11.072