Enterprise Architecture


Enterprise Architecture (EA) supports a coordinated approach to strategic IT decision making by providing an integrated view of IT priorities and investments that will help the state optimize service delivery. 

Why Enterprise Architecture?

For state government to be as responsive and cost effective as possible, it is essential to have a clear view of enterprise goals and how to achieve them. EA offers a model that connects business objectives to IT strategy, and creates a formal communication structure to support the attainment of a common vision. The success of this highly collaborative process depends on the commitment of the participants to its goals and guiding IT principles.

EA is an on-going, iterative process that ensures better coordination, within and between agencies, to:

  • Deliver robust and cohesive services
  • Maintain security and privacy
  • Maximize efficiencies through sharing lessons learned, procurement vehicles, and investments
  • Increase interoperability and alignment of data and technology
  • Provide a strategic approach to IT lifecycle management
  • Establish a common vision of the future shared by stakeholders in business and information technology
  • Form guidance in the selection, creation and implementation of solutions driven by business requirements
  • Control growing complexities of technology by setting enterprise-wide standards for information technology




EA Governance

Teamwork is critical to the success of Enterprise Architecture within the State of North Dakota. A variety of partnerships, committees, and teams collaborate to build consensus within the EA structure. 

Group Responsibility
State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Office of Management & Budget Develop statewide information technology policies, standards, and guidelines as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).
State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC) Prioritizing IT initiatives in relation to the business and technical requirements to obtain a common vision. The committee shall review the statewide information technology policies, standards, and guidelines and advise the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Enterprise Architecture Team Define standards, standard configurations, and collaborate on enterprise architecture design principles.
STAGEnet Committees Assist with planning, prioritizing, approving standards/policies, making service level decisions, coordinating among constituencies, communicating, and identifying/providing resources in support of the statewide network.

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Roles and Responsibilities

Chief Information Officer

  • Administers the Information Technology Department
  • Oversees the responsibilities of the Information Technology Department as prescribed by law
  • Develop statewide information technology standards, policies, and guidelines
  • Review and approve all architecture deliverables

State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC)

  • Advise the Information Technology Department regarding statewide information technology planning and budgeting, services of the Information Technology Department, and statewide information technology initiatives and policy

Architecture Teams Responsibilities

  • Act as EA ambassadors
  • Ensure a unified approach in the development and evolution of Enterprise Architecture with ND State Government
  • Facilitate the Technology, Application, Data, and Security enterprise architecture processes
  • Ensure a unified approach in the development and evolution of Enterprise Architecture with ND State Government
  • Participate in EA exception to recommend approval or denial of information technology standards, best practices and guidelines
  • Create and maintain deliverables
  • Charter Study Teams as appropriate, and authorize them to review / approve components of the EA
  • Communicate enterprise architecture standards to all interested parties
  • Review technology infrastructure projects for compliance to the architecture
  • Recommend standards and policies
  • Determine guidelines and best practices
  • Recommend future states
  • Prepare gap analyses and recommend projects
  • Select product standards
  • Define standard configurations
  • Collaborate on component architecture design principles
  • Serve as subject matter experts

EA Administrator

  • Provided by the Information Technology Dept.
  • Support and administer the Enterprise Architecture processes
  • Ensure communication across team boundaries
  • Facilitate all Enterprise Architecture meetings
  • Facilitate planning, decision making and issue resolution
  • Facilitate the documentation of Enterprise Architecture processes and decisions and the completion of deliverables
  • Provide communication and coordination with other entities impacted by the architecture decisions of state agencies, i.e. higher education and political subdivisions
  • Provide coordination with other enterprise processes for technology planning, project management and procurement
Membership Requirements

Chief Information Officer

As stated in ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-03):

  • The governor shall appoint the Chief Information Officer on the basis of education, experience, and other qualifications in information technology and administration.

State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC)

As stated in ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-07):

  • State Information Technology Advisory Committee membership consists of the chief information officer; the commissioner of higher education or the commissioner's designee; the attorney general or the attorney general's designee; the secretary of state or the secretary of state's designee; the tax commissioner or the commissioner's designee; the chief justice of the supreme court or the chief justice's designee; two (2) members of the legislative assembly appointed by the legislative council; a minimum of eight (8) members representing state agencies, appointed by the governor; and two (2) members with technology management expertise representing private industry, appointed by the governor.
  • The appointees of the governor serve at the pleasure of the governor.
  • The governor shall designate the chairman of the committee.
  • Additional members may be asked to participate at the request of the chairman.