Tuesday, December 8, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location Details: 

Information Technology Dept.
Room 208V
4201 Normandy Street North
Bismarck, ND 58503


  • News and Updates
  • Application Inventory
  • Web Development Best Practices document
  • Open Discussion


News and Updates
  • An EA survey to rescind the Application Development Methodology standard will be posted.
Application Inventory
  • Gary Vetter discussed this directive from the CIO and Deputy CIO, which is in progress. The goal is to have the information back from agencies by the end of December, and a preliminary report in early January. The Application Inventory will:
    • Provide the start of a Configuration Management Data Base (CMDB) and a high level view of architecture
    • Help identify what is hosted on premise and what is hosted elsewhere
    • Help identify security measures in the event of a situation
  • There was some concern about whether agencies would have access to the information since there may be concerns about PII or security. ITD is unsure how or if the information would be shared but will not share anything until agencies are comfortable with the approach.
  • The group also discussed some tools used for platform and architecture modeling. DHS may be looking at Orbus iServer, and ITD has looked at Software AG’s Alfabet. BND might be interested in a similar solution. A choice of tool depends on what the goal of the system is, and one tool may not cover all use cases.
Web Development Best Practices
  • The group continued to update and revise this document. The only new addition other than what was moved over from the standard is to “develop all new web sites with responsive design.”
  • There were some concerns about removing the guidance on file and directory naming conventions but the group elected to remove it.
  • There was discussion regarding the guidance to only publish a generic email address vs. a personal one, and guidance to have a comments form. The group felt a better solution would be to combine that guidance into one that recommends the use of a form when possible, and only use a generic email if a form cannot be used. Another advantage of using forms to submit questions for requests is that you can have multiple forms to route to certain people or divisions. The changes to combine and clarify those two things will be posted for review.
  • After much discussion, the group felt it best to not remove the guidance to inform users when a link will take them to another non-NDGOV site.