Enterprise Architecture

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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 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 for Exemption from Information Technology Standards or Statutory Policies  SFN 51687


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 discussions
  • 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 decision point
  • Introduce new topics and opportunities for improvement

Online Resources

Related Standards and Guidelines

Access Control Standard

Login and password policy and procedures.

Active Directory Standard

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

Data Classification Guideline

Provides guidance for agencies to classify data by applying the proper minimum security controls.

Database Standard

Establishes a list of approved enterprise databases for new application development.

Imaging Standard

Establishes policies for EDMS captures systems.

Operating System Standard

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

PC Life Cycle Guideline

Provides guidance for equipment replacement that aids in keeping technology current throughout the enterprise.

Record Migration Standard

Ensures that records will be provided to ensure business continuity and to meet business and regulatory requirements.

Server Operating Systems Standard

Establishes policies to provide a secure, stable, robust, cost effective infrastructure for the hosting of network based services.


The July 11th, 2018, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

The April 11th, 2018, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

The February 14th, 2018, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

The January 10th, 2018, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.

The December 13th, 2017, Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) meeting recap is now available.


EA Security Architecture 2019-03-05 MeetingEvent occurs on: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:00pmEvent

Monthly meeting of the Enterprise Security Architecture team.

ITCC 2019-02-13 MeetingEvent occurs on: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 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.

ITDu 2019-02-13 Brown Bag LuncheonEvent occurs on: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:00pmEvent

This live webinar will review Info-Tech's 2019 CIO Trend Report and help technology professionals "Become a Leader in the Loop."

EA Application Architecture 2019-02-12 MeetingEvent occurs on: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 2:00pmEvent

Monthly meeting of the EA Application Architecture team.

EA Technology Architecture 2019-02-07 MeetingEvent occurs on: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 2:00pmEvent

Monthly meeting of the Enterprise Technology Architecture team.