This year the Federal government has released several key strategies that frame new ways to deliver services wihle fostering an open and engaged dialog with the public. These changes will enable government to do more with less, but much of what is proposed cannot be accomlplished without thorough planning and analysis. How will this be performed? The answer is through Enterprise Architecture.
EA is the primary planning tool for aligning investments and programs with desired outcomes. It provides a structured approach for communicating objectives, analyzing business processes and their results, and developing a plan for getting from here to there. The use of EA is mandated in the Federal government in the IT arena, but it has the ability to support much more. The EA Shared Interest Group (SIG) assists the Federal government in improving the practice of EA, communicating its value, and applying it to improve government’s delivery of services.
EA SIG – Mission:
The EA SIG provides an objective, vendor-neutral and ethical forum to address Enterprise Architecture issues of common interest to government and industry. Our ultimate goal is to help government leaders develop approaches to address the challenges they face in delivering quality products and services to citizens. We are closely aligned with the CIO Council Architecture & Infrastructure Committee (AIC) and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office (FEA PMO). We are results focused and driven by pragmatic considerations. We consider the linkage of EA to other management disciplines (strategic planning, budgeting, performance management, portfolio management, etc.) to be of primary importance and strive to collaborate closely with our fellow management disciplines.
We are assisted by our Government Advisory Panel (GAP) – senior government leaders who help us interpret the AIC and the FEA PMO priorities and prepare our agenda for the upcoming year. Quarterly we review our accomplishments with the GAP to obtain their feedback and to plan for the next steps.
EA SIG – Active Projects:
The IAC EA SIG has several exciting projects underway. The purpose of our projects is to advance the government's capabilities thought the use of enterprise architecture. This year, our government and private industry members are working together to advance planning, coordination, and integration across government so that agencies are better prepared to implement the federal digital government strategy, the shared services strategy, and harness innovative technologies that deliver more services to citizens for less.
Evolving EA Services for the Department of Defense
The DoD has been at the forefront of the evolution of EA. The Department of Defense Architecture framework has evolved into a robust suite of methods, products and repositories that are used to integrate capabilities, guide investments, and execute strategies. The DoD CIO has outlined a vision for the use of standards, repositories, and taxonomy to employ a data-driven, integrated approach to planning. DoD is interested in learning about how private industry views this direction and how it is aligned to support and enhance e evolution of EA services within DOD.
The EA SIG has designed and is administering a survey that seeks to capture industry feedback. We are seeking volunteers to help analyze the survey results and author a findings report for DOD. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please contact Peter Wilson by emailing Peter.email@example.com.
Improving citizen services through Smart Lean Government
For several years the EA SIG has developed and promoted concepts and principles to improve how government can respond to the needs of the public while minimizing costs. They are collectively referred to as Smart Lean Government. This year we are developing an"practical guide" that clearly articulates how organizations can approach realizing the benefits associated with Smart Lean Gvernment. The Practical Guide will define a path that agencies can follow to minimize redundancy, increase efficiency, and enhance services to citizens. In a time of tight budgetary constraints, this guide offers leaders a realistic approach to deliver more with less.
If you are interested in contributing to the Smart Lean Government Practical Guide, please email Mike Dunham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Enterprise Architecture Program Manager's Playbook
More and more, agencies are faced with tough choices to meet mission needs with limited resources. With a constantly changing operating environment and a myriad of technology options to streamline services, effective planning through EA analysis becomes increasingly important. The EA PM Playbook brings into focus how EA program managers can focus and orient services to meet these challenges within their unique operating environment. The EA PM Playbook incorporates the ENterprise Architecture Competency Standards developed last year by the SIG and operationalize within DOD. Where other EA offerings have traditionally focused upon the structure and frameworks of an EA program, the EA PM Playbook addresses what architects need to know to deliver value in the diverse Federal operating environment.
If you are interested in contributing to this important and timely addition to the body of knowledge, please contact Seema Jain at Seema@optimaltsi.com.
EA SIG – How to Join:
If you are interested in contributing to this exciting forum and working with your government and industry peers to advance and apply EA in the Federal setting, we encourage you to speak to any of the EA SIG representatives or just register online on the IAC Portal. The EA SIG offers you the opportunity to have an impact on how your government operates and provides a forum for interacting with government leaders – particularly Chief Architects – as well as industry experts. The results are enriching in both directions. As with most things, what you get out of it corresponds directly to what you put into it.
To join the EA SIG, please email: email@example.com