Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a collaborative, consensus building alliance among agencies for aligning technology with business goals and for designing, implementing, and maintaining the underlying infrastructure to support information sharing and resource optimization. 

The mission of Enterprise Architecture is to provide a process that sets common goals and coordinates the delivery of information technology services to state government that are responsible and cost effective. EA is built upon five Conceptual Principles.


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.

Through EA, state agencies guide the future direction of information technology. The success of this highly collaborative process depends on the strength of its governance structure and the commitment of the participants to its goals and guiding principles.

EA is an on-going, iterative process that provides:

  • A common vision of the future shared by stakeholders in business and information technology
  • Guidance in the selection, creation and implementation of solutions driven by business requirements
  • Support for the business of government through improved information sharing
  • A means to control growing complexities of technology by setting enterprise-wide, leveragable, standards for information technology
  • Assurance to policy-makers that agencies are creating new systems and migrating old systems through a consistent process
  • A plan for the integration of information and services at the design level across agency boundaries


Requesting Service

ITD’s online Work Management System (WMS) may be used to submit a “Generic” Service Request.  Attach any associated forms, and select “Enterprise Architecture” as the Service Group.

Request Types
Process Form
Request to Create, Modify, or Rescind an IT Standard  SFN 59304
Request for Exemption to IT Standard and Policies SFN 51687
Request for Exemption from ITD Consolidated Service SFN 58516


If you are interested in actively participating in the EA process, please contact Jeff Quast, (701) 328-1993.


  • Attend EA meetings that most closely apply to your skillset and contribute to the disucssions
  • Help communicate EA initiatives to your agency and colleagues
  • Assist with studies and research between meetings
  • Complete EA Surveys if you have been engaged in the process leading to the decison point
  • Introduce new topics and opportunities for improvement

Online Resources


ITCC 2015-10-14 Meeting Recap AvailablePosted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:00amNews

The October 14th, 2015, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

State Cybersecurity Task Force CreatedPosted: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 6:25pmNews

On September 28th, Governor Jack Dalrymple announced he is forming a Cybersecurity Task Force to help address the rapidly evolving and expanding cyber threats facing the nation and the potential impact on North Dakota’s state government.

9-16-15 ITCC Meeting RecapPosted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:23pmNews

The September 16th, 2015, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

8-12-15 ITCC Meeting RecapPosted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 9:29pmNews

The August 12th, 2015, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

7-08-15 ITCC Meeting RecapPosted: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 10:22pmNews

The July 8th, 2015, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.


EA Data Architecture 2015-11-05 MeetingEvent occurs on: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:00amEvent

Monthly meeting of the Enterprise Data Architecture team.

EA Security Architecture 2015-12-01 MeetingEvent occurs on: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 2:30pmEvent

 Monthly meeting of the Enterprise Security Architecture team.

ITCC 2015-11-18 MeetingEvent occurs on: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 1:00pmEvent

The IT Coordinators Council (ITCC) is a subset of all Agency IT Coordinators that advises ITD on enterprise strategies, standards, and services. This is the monthly ITCC meeting.

IT Coordinators 2015-11-18 Brown Bag LunchEvent occurs on: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:00pmEvent

IT professionals within ND state government are invited to a video presentation from Gartner Symposium 2015.

EA Technology Architecture 2015-11-12 MeetingEvent occurs on: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 10:00amEvent

Monthly meeting of the Enterprise Technology Architecture team.