States open toolkit, talks for EA
- By Brian Robinson
- Aug 01, 2002
NASCIO's Enterprise Architecture Development Tool-Kit
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Office
of Management and Budget have begun talks to see how the two levels of government
can align their approaches to building enterprise architectures, with a
goal of easier collaboration and sharing of data.
NASCIO in July published Version 2.0 of its Enterprise Architecture
Development Tool-Kit, which describes a general approach to building what
it calls "adaptive architectures" that can conform to governments' shifting
needs over time. The first version, published last year, was seen largely
as a tool to educate people about why they need to develop an enterprise
The latest version includes such things as more specific process models
for how to customize the toolkit to fit individual agency needs, better
diagrams of governance and technology architectures, and sample blueprints
of security and application domains within an architecture.
The new features in the second version are the result of input from
states that already used the toolkit, from a workshop on toolkit use attended
by 22 states and from an intergovernmental security forum held last year,
said Gerry Wethington, CIO of Missouri and chairman of NASCIO's Enterprise
"People were very positive about the first version of the toolkit, but
they said it would be even more helpful if it provided more constructive
hints about how to build certain aspects of the architecture," Wethington
said. "They wanted to see more explicit templates they could use."
As the demand for better information sharing across federal, state and
local government boundaries increases, the need for some compatibility among
architectures is apparent and, Wethington said, NASCIO and OMB officials
are talking about what can be done to bring elements of the state and federal
approaches into line.
Various other federal agencies also have expressed interest in working
with NASCIO on some of the architectural items, Wethington said.
"This isn't just from a homeland security perspective," he said. "There's
a recognition it's needed also for more effective electronic government
and other things."
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.