Enterprise Architecture Program: Publications, Resources & Toolkit

Capitals in the Clouds - The Case for Cloud Computing in State Government Part I: Definitions and Principles

  • 16 June 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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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

  • 28 April 2011
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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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? Improving State Government Operations Through Business Analytics

  • 10 February 2010
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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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.

A Call to Action for State Government: Guidance for Opening the Doors to State Data

  • 30 September 2009
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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A Call to Action for State Government:  Guidance for Opening the Doors to State Data
Transparency initiatives and websites are proliferating across government and industry globally. One aspect of the transparency trend is broader access to government data. NASCIO has published this report as initial guidance and recommendations to help state governments get started with data transparency portals. This guidance presents the value proposition along with principles and guidance on how states should move forward.

States Run on IT

  • 15 July 2009
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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States Run on IT

A fresh look at the computing environment and technical infrastructure will help state government better serve 21st century citizens. Citizens demand mobile, responsive, and technology-enabled government services that are delivered as conveniently as online banking or shopping. The most effective and efficient businesses work at the speed of information and the best governments should too. Does yours?

Ready for the Challenge? State CIOs and Electronic Records: Issues, Opportunities and Best Practices

  • 3 July 2008
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Ready for the Challenge? State CIOs and Electronic Records: Issues, Opportunities and Best Practices
States continue to struggle with new challenges presented by a growing portfolio of electronic records and digital content that must be preserved. Within this context, the issue of electronic records management has emerged as a high-priority policy and technology issue for State CIOs. This issue is now driven by emerging trends such as of new Web 2.0 collaboration tools that create e-records in forms that are transitory, yet still document the business of government, the vulnerability of essential e-records during disasters and a growing emphasis on transparency and accountability in state government, including online public access to records on spending, performance, procurements and contracts. This research brief underscores the need for enterprise collaboration for e-records management, provides information on fundamental concerns, outlines a framework for action and provides best practice examples from the states.

Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise Part III

  • 24 October 2007
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise Part III
This research brief concludes the current NASCIO series on the subject of electronic records management and digital preservation. This subject area is very broad and has multiple dimensions, perspectives and challenges for the state IT community. The objective for the series is to highlight some of the key issues and make relevant recommendations to the state CIO. Ultimately, electronic records management and digital preservation must be a shared responsibility with understanding and support from the state CIO. Everyone within state government must play their part in managing the digital assets of the state.

Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise PART II

  • 16 July 2007
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise PART II
NASCIO continues its series on electronic records management and digital preservation with Part II which focuses on economic, legal, and organizational issues and recommended actions for State CIOs. Part II builds on the theme that the state CIO and the state enterprise architect will need to view electronic records management and digital preservation as disciplines that comprise an enterprise architecture domain. Partnering with the state’s archivists, librarians, and records managers to fully leverage their expertise will help ensure the state’s knowledge assets are managed for value with a long term view. eDiscovery and offshoring present significant challenges to the state enterprise. CIOs will need to build their awareness of these subject areas and author necessary compliance and risk management strategies.

Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise PART I

  • 30 May 2007
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Electronic Records Management and Digital Preservation: Protecting the Knowledge Assets of the State Government Enterprise PART I
Electronic records management and digital preservation are necessary disciplines for managing the knowledge assets of the enterprise. Attention to these disciplines must be part of every IT investment decision. The lifecycle of "born digital" is presented with emphasis on the decision making process at each major phase. The series will present the current issues and recommendations for action. This first release in this series deals with the principles of records management, and highlights the most significant challenges facing the states.

Harmony Helps: A Progress Report on State Government Internet Presence

  • 6 March 2007
  • Author: Mike Cooke
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Harmony Helps: A Progress Report on State Government Internet Presence
This brief explores how state web portals have matured and examines the impact of the 2003 expansion of the dot-gov domain to state and local governments; trends in state portal domain naming conventions; trends in Internet portal branding and marketing; the alignment of agency websites and state email addressing with the state portal; areas of cross-boundary collaboration for online services; and areas for future progress in cross-boundary collaboration for online services.
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About The Enterprise Architecture Program

The NASCIO Enterprise Architecture program was developed to enable the mission of state and local government. Government must continually reinvent itself to remain relevant by effectively and efficiently providing services to the citizens of this country. The path to this continual transformation must embrace leadership, management, coordination, communication and technology throughout government. Enterprise architecture is the discipline to appropriately define and leverage these capabilities within the complexities of government.

Funding to support the NASCIO EA Program and information sharing initiative is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs.

Enterprise Architecture Development Tool-Kit v3.0

October 2004

The enhancements in the third version of the Tool-Kit result from the expertise and continued dedication of enterprise architecture practitioners from all levels of government and the private sector. Version 3.0 incorporates an updated governance architecture framework with added roles and responsibilities and a focus on multi-level communication. Process models with explanatory narrative are included for governance and the architecture lifecycle. The Tool-Kit also includes fully populated security domain and application domain blueprints.