COMMITTEES | Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee
About the Committee
Enterprise planning and architecture is intended to be a management discipline for establishing strategic intent for state government through appropriate governance and then ensuring that intent is achieved through organization, business processes, and technology. Proper governance provides the path to ensure effective strategic intent. Enterprise architecture provides the operating discipline to ensure traceability from strategic business intent to the necessary capabilities that enable that intent. This approach ensures that state initiatives are aligned with overall strategy and assists state CIOs in making sound decisions for managing information-related assets. NASCIO’s EA & G program is in place to assist state CIOs in effectively applying enterprise architecture discipline and best practices for evaluating, planning, and implementing projects, programs and management initiatives. NASCIO promotes enterprise architecture as the foundational approach for guiding the transformation of government. Integrated within Enterprise Architecture is Enterprise Portfolio Management which provides a continual view into the enterprise as well as its strategic relationships and value chains. Consider Enterprise Portfolio Management as a dynamic “situation room.”
Given this description of enterprise architecture, it must be understood that EA is a management approach that touches every aspect of state government. Building awareness and depth of knowledge among our member CIOs will greatly contribute to NASCIO’s goal to advance the state CIO as a key member of the leadership team. The CIO is enabled as a key strategist and business leader leveraging the discipline of EA in every policy decision impacting organization, business processes, investment, and citizen outcomes.
As in the past, the EA & G program committee will plan its initiatives to support and align with the NASCIO strategic plan, the top ten priorities established at the NASCIO Annual Conference, and the Annual State CIO Surveys conducted in partnership with Grant Thornton and TechAmerica.
Meeting Schedule: The committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.
Staff contact: Eric Sweden
Phone: (859) 514-9189
Tony Encinias, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Ricardo Alfaro, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico|
Jason Allison, State of Florida
Doug Alt, State of Ohio
Steve Ambrosini, IJIS Institute
Ms. Dianna Anderson, State of Colorado
Ed Arabas, State of Oregon
Daniel Arnold, Commonwealth of Kentucky
David Ballard, CenturyLink
Dave Barber, Software AG
John Bastin, HP
Glen Bellomy, Symantec
Chris Bennett, District of Columbia
Rohit Bhanot, Motorola Solutions
Caroline Bigelow, State of California
Doug Bourgeois, VMware
Bob Burwell, NetApp
Scott Came, SEARCH
Charles Cephas, Symantec
Victor Chakravarty, State of Maine
Greg Cheetham, Intel
Paul Christman, Dell Inc.
Matt Cillis, Splunk Inc.
Andrew Clark, State of New York
Barbara Cohn, State of New York
Anthony Collins, State of Delaware
Crystal Cooper, Unisys
Rob Culp, IBM
Patricia Cummens, ESRI
Jeff DePasquale, Gartner Inc.
Michael Dillon, State of Colorado
Mark Dixon, IBM
Bryan Dreiling, State of Iowa
Ric Dugger, State of Florida
Kelley Eich, State of Colorado
Scot R Ellsworth, State of Michigan
Lauren Farese, Oracle USA Inc.
Randy Federspill, State of Delaware
Michael Fenton, State of North Carolina
Kirk Fielder, Gantech Inc
Graeme Finley, Grant Thornton LLP
Eileen Fitzsimmons, State of New York
Andy Ford, NIC
Steve Fowler, State of Colorado
Rick Freedman, Brocade
William French, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Thomas Fruman, State of Georgia
Anthony Fung, Commonwealth of Virginia
Gary Garofalo, MAXIMUS
David Geick, State of Connecticut
Robin Gregory, State of Michigan
Virginia Hambric, State of Michigan
Viann Hardy, MAXIMUS
Jack L Harris, State of Michigan
Mitch Herckis, NASCIO
Mary Hill-Hartman, IBM
Chad Holmes, FireEye
Christopher Ipsen, State of Nevada
Ashwini Jarral, IJIS Institute
Greg Jones, IBM
Kent E. Klitzke, HP
Raj Kollengode, State of Arizona
Mr. Charles Knapp Leadbetter, III, BerryDunn
Leah Lewis, Cisco Systems Inc.
Sue Ann Lipinski, Advocate Solutions, LLC
Alisanne Maffei, State of Nevada
Chris Mankle, Xerox
Chad Mathias, Gantech Inc
| Mark McChesney, Commonwealth of Kentucky|
Bob McDonough, State of Michigan
James McFarlane, State of Michigan
Stephen McHugh, HP
Greg McNeal, State of Maine
Sean McSpaden, State of Oregon
Tammie Means, State of West Virginia
Kristen Miller, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Krishna Mohan, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Kathy Moore, State of West Virginia
Michael K Morey, State of Vermont
Jessica Mueller, NASCIO
Stephen Newell, IBM
David O'Berry, Intel
Paulina Orlikowski, HP
Robert Otterberg, HP
Meghan Penning, NASCIO
Eric Perkins, Commonwealth of Virginia
Dugan Petty, Center for Digital Government
Randy Phares, Software AG
Holli Ploog, CGI Technologies & Solutions Inc.
Mary Lou Prevost, CA Technologies
John Punzak, Red Hat, Inc.
Diana Quintero, State of Michigan
Safouen Rabah, Socrata
Scott Riordan, State of Oregon
Van Ristau, DLT Solutions Inc
Doug Robinson, NASCIO
Christina Rogers, State of California
Jim Rose, State of Indiana
Neil Ross, Microsoft
Jim Salb, State of Delaware
Kyle Schafer, Advocate Solutions, LLC
Ellena Schoop, State of Minnesota
Constance Scott, Commonwealth of Virginia
Mr. Sarjoo H Shah, State of Oklahoma
Eric Simon, HP
Mr. Len Smith, State of Connecticut
Nathalie Smith, ESRI
Scott Stephens, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Eric Sweden, NASCIO
David Taylor, Software AG
Glenn Thomas, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Ron Thomas, State of Missouri
Herb Thomas Thompson, State of Wisconsin
Lisa Thompson, NASCIO
Craig Thurmond, Grant Thornton LLP
Ulrich Tibaut Houzanme, State of Indiana
Christopher Traver, US Department of Justice
Mitch Urbanczyk, Motorola Solutions
Scott Utley, State of Arkansas
Carlos Valarezo, Symantec
John Vittner, State of Connecticut
Tom Walters, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Meredith Ward, NASCIO
Paul Warren Douglas, State of Washington
Greg Wass, State of Illinois
Mr. Milton Nye Weatherhead, III, NetApp
Dan Widner, Commonwealth of Virginia
Ed Wiebe, State of California
Robert D Woolley, State of Utah
Jay Wyant, State of Minnesota
Richard Young, Microsoft
Rajesh Zade, MAXIMUS
Marlyn Zelkowitz, SAP Public Services
Gregory Zink, State of New York
States and Open Data: From Museum to Marketplace - What's Next
NASCIO takes a look at what has occurred across the states since NASCIO’s first report on open data published in 2009. This latest report examines progress in open data across state and local government. Open data initiatives are advancing at all levels of government in the United States and globally. States and local governments have partnered with industry to create innovative capabilities in delivering data to consumers. Those consumers include citizens, business, non-profit organization and government. The report also presents recommendations for continuing to advance state government open data initiatives and begin moving to a next level of maturity.
Destination: Advancing Enterprise Portfolio Management – First Stop: Issues Management
State CIOs are managing a growing and diverse set of investments, services and collaborative arrangements. Enterprise portfolio management (EPM) is a discipline that provides the tools and best practices necessary for doing this proactively and successfully. EPM provides a view into the enterprise – not only projects, but also services, operations, programs and resources. EPM essentially turns enterprise architecture into action. EPM involves many portfolios. The first portfolio that drives the others is the portfolio of issues that identifies, scores and prioritizes the very issues we’re trying to solve through projects, programs, management initiatives and operations.
What Makes Collaborative Initiatives Work?
Collaboration is a major part of the solution to sustaining and thriving government organizations and services. But it has to be done correctly so it is effective, can sustain through the life of the initiative’s intent, and can adapt with changing environmental circumstances. No matter what service area, mode of delivery, management area, or technology, collaborative arrangements should be considered as an alternative that may deliver the most effective outcomes.
NASCIO is actively investigating existing collaboratives in order to promote collaborative arrangements across government and to uncover operating discipline and best practices that make for successful collaboratives.These best practices support strategy, governance, program and project management, organization, operations and effective application of technology.Collectively these best practices are imbedded in the enterprise architecture of successful collaboratives.
Why Should Government Join Up? Why now? What do we gain?
Maintaining and increasing government service delivery in the current economic circumstances is nearing the impossible. What is the answer? Part of the answer is the formation of collaborative relationships across agencies and jurisdictions to share and in some circumstances consolidate investments. State and local governments can not afford to go it alone. Through collaborative governance structures, jurisdictions can pool funding, increase buying power, remove or reduce redundant investments in technology and actually make significant gains in the quality of service.
Is Big Data a Big Deal for State Governments? The Big Data Revolution – Impacts for State Government – Timing is Everything
The volume and velocity of data creation is at all time high – and is accelerating. State government is a veritable data engine creating vast amounts of data from a vast number of sources. That data is being used to comply with regulations; uncover fraud, waste and abuse; and ultimately improve the lives of citizens. The sky is the limit in terms future data generation based on the growth in mobile applications, sensors, cloud services and the growing public private partnerships that must be monitored for performance and service levels, according to NASCIO’s latest in its series of issue briefs on analytics - “Is Big Data a Big Deal?”
In this issue brief, the universe of “big data” will be explored in order to:
- Create a foundation preliminary to further description and exploration in future briefs, conference sessions and innovations forums.
- Set common characteristics of big data versus simply lots of data.
- Emphasize the necessity of data governance and data management within a broader state government enterprise architecture.
- Present some early recommendations for state government regarding big data.
Capitals in the Clouds Part III – Recommendations for Mitigating Risks: Jurisdictional, Contracting and Service Levels
Cloud computing will continue to be an invaluable resource for state and local governments in their efforts to rationalize and optimize computing resources. Cloud computing should be seen as an IT innovation that can support rationalization and optimization of business services as well as IT services. Due diligence prescribes the necessity of exploring and evaluating jurisdictional issues in order to ensure long term sustainability and growing adoption of collaborative government operations in state and local government.
Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part II:
Challenges and Opportunities to Get Your Data Right
Cloud computing brings with it opportunities, issues and risks. One major consideration that must be addressed is the management of data – governance, stewardship, consistency, ownership and security. Data is the lifeblood of state government operations and critical for service delivery. With the fiscal stress and operational pressures that are driving state and local governments toward serious consideration and adoption of cloud computing, the data must not be ignored. These pressures must be managed intelligently to avoid pushing government into a future situation that could constitute greater cost, and more difficulty in achieving interoperability of government lines of business and government jurisdictions.
Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part I: Definitions and Principles
Cloud computing has arrived as a serious alternative for state government. There are outstanding issues that must be faced and dealt with in order to maintain the reliability, responsibility, security, privacy, and citizen-confidence in government services. Government is exploring technology and business process innovations that will make the way for government to deliver existing services more economically. Cloud computing provides a number capabilities that have the potential for enabling such innovation.
A Call to Action: Information Exchange Strategies for Effective State Government
NASCIO Recommends State Government Adopt the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to Enable Government Information Sharing
The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) provides a broad range of products and capabilities for planning and implementing enterprise-wide information exchanges. Government effectiveness and citizen centric government services require effective cross line of business collaboration and communication. Use of national standards will avoid redundant investment and unnecessary variation. What is needed is a common discipline for information sharing that is employed by all government lines of business. NIEM exists as that discipline for federal, state and local government.
DO YOU THINK? OR DO YOU KNOW? PART II: The EA Value Chain, The Strategic Intent Domain, and Principles
Investment in business intelligence and business analytics must be driven by enterprise strategic intent. Proper leverage of analytics should start with a clear understanding of the outcomes state government is trying to achieve. This issue brief presents the rationale for analytics using the NASCIO Enterprise Architecture Value Chain as a framework for organizing the thinking and the questions which eventually drive investment in analytics capabilities. It builds on the foundational concepts discussed in NASCIO’s first issue brief on this subject, and strongly recommends an enterprise approach. Without an enterprise approach to analytics, investment across the enterprise is un-orchestrated and uncoordinated. That creates redundant investment in tools and training, and creates barriers to cross line of business collaboration. State government can not afford redundant and disconnected investment. One of the values of enterprise architecture is the management, optimization and simplification of investment within state government. Proper investment and application of analytics is essential to deploying effective and efficient government services. Finally, the level of complexity of analytical methods and tools depends on the complexity of the decisions and the issues.
DO YOU THINK? OR DO YOU KNOW? Improving State Government Operations Through Business Analytics
Business analytics provides an evidence-based approach for decision making. With the current emphasis on transparency and visibility into the operations of government, government leaders need to anticipate more questions and evaluation related to not only what decisions are being made, but also what rationale was applied in making those decisions. As stated in this issue brief, intuition alone is not adequate for evaluating alternatives and making decisions. Effective implementation of a business analytics capability will promote an enterprise-wide culture of fact-based decision making. State government is encouraged to seriously look at business analytics as a means for fully understanding current circumstances and make predictions about the future. The predictive nature is particularly important as we continue to face ongoing fiscal challenges and increasing demand for state government services.
Enterprise Architecture Video LibraryNASCIO’s architecture videos are intended to serve as a resource for CIOs, architects and other IT experts in their efforts to present a compelling message describing the value of enterprise architecture. They may also be used in new employee orientation and the introduction of enterprise architecture concepts to policy makers, government staff, and potentially the public. This four volume set includes two videos previously released by NASCIO. Two additional videos were produced that direct the message of enterprise architecture toward policy makers and technical professionals, respectively. The complete video series provide a library of messages that can be selected based on the audience and intent of the presenter. Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs.
Enterprise Architecture Related Resources:
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative
The Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) serves as a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) and advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. Global was created to support the broad scale exchange of pertinent justice and public safety information. It promotes standards-based electronic information exchange to provide the justice community with timely, accurate, complete, and accessible information in a secure and trusted environment.Global Briefing Booklet The newly-updated Global “Briefing Book” highlights the impressive range of Global-supported, for practitioners/by practitioners information sharing tools. Included is a long-standing request—the Global “elevator speech”—outlining several high-level points to use next time you have the opportunity to share the good works of Global! Global is focused on justice and public safety. However, NASCIO has promoted these exceptional tools for use across all of state and local government.
The NIEM exchange development methodology – National Information Exchange Model
Common Perspective on Enterprise Architecture Developed and Endorsed by The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations
- Center for Technology in Government
Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations
- The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) is an association of professional organizations whose members have an active interest in the practice and professionalism of Enterprise Architecture. FEAPO provides a forum to facilitate collaboration and coordination of activities among Enterprise Architecture (EA) related professional organizations, to work toward a better integrated community and "one face" for the advancement of the practice and profession of Enterprise Architecture. The advent of FEAPO has been welcomed the world over because there is a strong desire among practitioners and organizations in many countries to professionalize and advance the field of enterprise architecture. The FEAPO membership list provides a comprehensive list of domestic and international organizations focused on enterprise architecture. Learn more at http://www.feapo.org/
- The IJIS Institute
- SEARCH: The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
- Additional resources and links are provided in the appendices of our NASCIO reports.
Enterprise Architecture Related Websites:
- NASCIO Webinars
Data Management Association International
- The Data Administration Newsletter
- The FEAC Institute
- The Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments (IFEAD)
- The Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement
This information was prepared under the leadership, guidance, and funding of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, in collaboration with NASCIO. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.