Teams bring architecture to life
- By Brian Robinson
- Jan 15, 2002
Governance is a crucial element to building an enterprise architecture.
It describes the different teams of government executives and stakeholders
(agency users, government business partners and citizens) that will contribute
to building the architecture, and the processes they will use to keep the
architecture current with changing technology and business requirements.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers' Enterprise
Architecture Tool-Kit describes five governance components in its model,
* Policy: A team headed by an enterprise executive — such as mayor
or a governor, and perhaps the CIO also — that establishes the enterprise's
information technology vision and direction.
* Control: A team headed by the chief IT architect that develops and
recommends IT resource policies and procedures, and the technology architecture
itself. This team also governs the architecture and standards process.
* Implementation: A team of department CIOs and directors that develops
and implements operation-level IT strategies, and also includes an IT business
planning board that defines IT business strategies and provides access to
the executive's Cabinet.
* Management: Basically the CIO and his or her staff, this team is responsible
for implementing policies and procedures, as well as project management
methodologies and other elements of the process.
* Advisory: A helpful, though not necessary, body on both internal IT
issues within agencies, and on IT issues deemed important from the citizen
and business community perspective.
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.