Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture (EA) interweaves business and IT together.  It consists of the vision, principles, and standards that guide the purchases and deployment of technology within the enterprise.

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 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

Related Standards and Guidelines

Access Control

Login and password policy and procedures.

Active Directory

Policies and responsibilities for the installation and coordination of Active Directory in the state of North Dakota

Imaging Standard

Establishes policies for EDMS captures systems.

Operating Systems

Establishes policies to provide a secure, stable, and supported operating system on all Network Connected Devices (NCDs) within the Enterprise.


The August 10th, 2016, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

The June 8th, 2016, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

SITAC 2016-06-20 Meeting RecapPosted: Jun 23, 2016News

The June 20th State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC) meeting recap is now available.

The EA Data Architecture team recently updated one standard, the Technology Architecture team updated one standard, and the Security Architecture team updated two standards.

The EA Application Architecture team recently rescinded two outdated Standards, updated one standard, and updated one Best Practices.


EA Technology Architecture 2016-10-13 MeetingEvent occurs on: Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:00amEvent

Monthly meeting of the Enterprise Technology Architecture team.

ITCC 2016-10-12 MeetingEvent occurs on: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 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 2016-10-12 Brown Bag LunchEvent occurs on: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 12:00pmEvent

In this video session, Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger uses his heroic actions on January 15, 2009 to challenge and inspire teams and to show the positive outcomes of having a daily devotion to duty.

EA Application Architecture 2016-10-11 MeetingEvent occurs on: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 2:00pmEvent

Monthly meeting of the EA Application Architecture team.

EA Data Architecture 2016-10-06 MeetingEvent occurs on: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:00amEvent

Monthly meeting of the Enterprise Data Architecture team.