Enterprise Architecture is the core business and strategic plan for all technology in Missouri state government. For the purpose of security, service, and efficiency, Missouri must function as one seamless technology enterprise. Architecture will allow Missouri state government to act as a single entity, an enterprise, with respect to information technology.
By implementing a blueprint for standards and methods that are agreed upon by all agencies, the state positions itself to save money, increase service, and gain a competitive advantage for the long term. This is an ongoing process that can swiftly adapt to changes in business and citizen needs.
The goal is always to provide the citizens of the State of Missouri with the most efficient and effective service possible.
How Does Missouri Benefit?
The real winners in Enterprise Architecture are the citizens of the State of Missouri. Those people and business owners who interact each day with government will find services more accessible, and delivered to them more efficiently. Whether renewing a license, starting a new business, or staying informed about the changes affecting their daily lives, Missouri’s citizens will find a government using technology to serve them better.
More and more government enterprises are recognizing the need to share information. Government at every level reaps the highest benefits from sharing common ideas, common approaches, and the sharing of information and technology.
Repetitive use of common and adaptive enterprise architecture standards helps to identify and reduce project risks, increase project success rates, provide the enterprise with interchangeable staff and deliver solutions more quickly. Implementing enterprise architecture standards provides a significant benefit in procurement and purchasing.
Standards will reduce the variety of items purchased and allow the enterprise to consolidate buying power. The reduced variety also minimizes support and training costs because it results in a more focused work force. Many other states have greatly reduced their cost by adapting architecture standards.
Simply stated, adopting adaptive enterprise architecture will greatly enhance government’s ability to deliver effective and timely services and to support agencies in their efforts to improve the overall functioning of government. Sharing information, maximizing resource investment, increasing technology reuse opportunities, and meeting the public’s ever-increasing expectations for electronic access to government information and services are major motivating factors driving the need for implementation of common enterprise architecture and standards.
Who's involved? How do we do this?
Although there are many stakeholders in Missouri's Enterprise Architecture, the ultimate beneficiaries are the citizens of Missouri. By utilizing our efforts to make government more efficient, customer focused, and responsive, the interaction between the citizens and business community with State government increases the delivery of services in a more effective manner.
The Domain Committees and the respective Review Committees that will help to accomplish the Enterprise Architecture represent the entire state government community including Missouri's university system.
The Committees and their Roles
The Information Technology Advisory Board consists of department level CIOs or IT directors. The ITAB provides for the implementation of strategic plans and develops key IT strategies. It functions as the key contact point for IT project stakeholders and provides staff to committees for developing IT policy and standards.
IT Advisory Board Responsibilities
- Ensures implementation of enterprise strategic plans
- Develops key IT Strategies
- Key contact point for IT project stakeholders
Architecture Review Committee (ARC)
The Architecture Review Committee is a statewide committee composed of selected ITAB members appointed by the ITAB chairperson. It consists of a representative cross section of state business operations as well as department size.
The ARC provides a central focal point for ensuring the vitality of the Enterprise Architecture, overseeing architecture governance processes at the statewide level, and initiating relevant domain committees for the support of e-government and other state business initiatives.
Architecture Review Committee Responsibilities
- Establish and maintain effective architecture processes
- Review architectural changes whether triggered by changes in the business, new technologies, application development feedback or other IT strategy decisions
- Seek approval of ITAB
- Review requests for variance
- Identify and document new technology domains as appropriate
- Coordinate updates and revisions through the Architecture Domain Committees
- Appoint the chair and members to the Domain Committees and maintains a liaison role with them
- Appoints architecture facilitators
- Review agency architecture governance processes
Architecture Domain Committees
The objective of the Domain Committees is to develop, select and maintain guidelines, standards and mandates to be documented in the Architecture Blueprint. Each domain consists of a vision statement, domain goals, best practices, technology trends, and general domain standards. Technical product and configuration information needs to be defined along with hardware/software products for each domain, applicable industry standards including classifications as current, emerging, twilight, or sunset. Conditional use restrictions must also be identified for components, as they are appropriate. They submit their findings, recommendations and deliverables to the Architecture Office which acts as the liaison with the ARC.
Architecture Domain Committee Responsibilities
- Develop and maintain domain content in the Architecture Blueprint
- Recommend standards for individual subject areas
- Assist statewide Architecture Review Committee with compliance studies, product reviews, and architecture change/help requests
- Provide guidance to departments on domain-specific architecture issues
- Provide technical assistance and recommendations on architecture issues