Alfabet makes additional software donation to EA Center

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is the beneficiary of a gift-in-kind of software material valued at more than $800,000. The donation, which is a renewal of a gift-in-kind of more than $1 million to the center in 2011, is from Alfabet, a global provider of software for strategic information technology planning and business change management.

“We thank Alfabet for their continued support of our efforts in the Center for EA," said Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for EA.  "Internationally based organizations like Alfabet demonstrate the global interest in enterprise architecture and our activities in the Center for EA.”

Founded in 1997, Alfabet has headquarters in Berlin; Cambridge, Mass.; and Singapore. Alfabet provides a comprehensive software suite that supports all aspects of business IT management.

The company is donating a tool suite of software products to the Center for EA, Cameron said. The software will be used in a laboratory that the center is currently building.

The Center for EA , launched in January 2011, seeks to gather intellectual resources across Penn State to address research concerns and questions that span the design, functioning and governance of contemporary, information-driven enterprises. The center is guided, in part, by an external advisory board consisting of representatives from leading corporations, government and professional organizations. Alfabet is a member of the external advisory board.

The software gift from Alfabet will support For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, a University-wide fundraising effort directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State's alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University's tradition of quality. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State's history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

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Last Updated August 13, 2013