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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 an Architecture Design Review SFN 53560
Request a Feasibility Study SFN 53560
Request to Create, Modify, or Rescind an IT Standard  SFN 59304
Request for Exemption to IT Standard and Policies SFN 51687 and SFN 54126
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


3-11-15 ITCC Meeting Recap

Friday, March 13, 2015

The March 11th, 2015 Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap and slides are now available.

ITCC Meeting

Monday, March 02, 2015

Meeting Schedule

2-11-15 ITCC Meeting Recap

Friday, February 13, 2015

The February 11th Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

ITCC Meeting

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Meeting Schedule

1-14-15 ITCC Meeting Recap

Friday, January 16, 2015

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

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New Enterprise Architecture Program Launched

Monday, December 08, 2014

The state has implemented a new Enterprise Architecture (EA) framework, previously referred to as EA 2.0. The new framework focuses on streamlined processes, faster response to agency needs and changing technologies, and increased agency participation. 

2014 Digital States Survey Logo

North Dakota Moves up in Nationwide IT Survey

Friday, October 03, 2014

  The State of North Dakota scores high in the most recent biennial Digital States Survey.

State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The State Information Technology Advisory Committee of North Dakota will be holding a special meeting.

Legacy Email Domain Retiring

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The “…@state.nd.us” email domain is being retired on January 1, 2014 as a result of recent changes within Enterprise Architecture.

State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC)

Monday, August 12, 2013

The State Information Technology Advisory Committee of North Dakota will be holding a special meeting.

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