Teamwork is critical to the success of Enterprise Architecture within the State of North Dakota. A variety of partnerships, committees, and teams collaborate to build consensus within the EA structure. North Dakota's EA model is not the typical think-tank created framework with a hierarchy of teams. Rather, four essential Architectures meet monthly, and those meetings are attended by anyone that wishes to participate in the EA process. As standards are developed or initiatives are created, and a decision point arises, all EA participants optionally respond to a survey. The results of each survey are delivered to the CIO as a recommendation, and the CIO makes the final decision. So while there are Architecture teams, those teams have no designated formal membership. And each EA participant, regardless of which Architecture they participate in, has an equal voice in each decision made. This cross-architecture exposure provides a review process that replicates the functions of a traditional Architecture Review Board. The flat, non-hierarchial model also makes the EA process more responsive by eliminating the typical staged approval process that can often slow progress.

The EA process also relies heavily on the Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC), which is a subset of IT Cooridnators representing all state agencies. The ITCC provides much of the functionality that is normally associated with Business Architecture, and owns business-related EA standards and initiatives. The ITCC does have a formal membership body, and those members all participate in the survey process for EA decision points just like the participants in the four Architectures. The ITCC also addresses IT initiatives outside the scope of EA.

Group Responsibility
EA Governance
State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Office of Management & Budget Develop statewide information technology policies, standards, and guidelines as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).
State Information Technology Advisory Committee (SITAC) Prioritizing IT initiatives in relation to the business and technical requirements to obtain a common vision. The committee shall review the statewide information technology policies, standards, and guidelines and advise the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Information Technology Coordinators Council (ITCC) Define standards, standard configurations, and collaborate on enterprise architecture design principles. Represent all agency IT Coordinators on all IT Initiatives in state government, including those outside of Enterprise Architecture.
Enterprise Architectures: Define standards, standard configurations, and collaborate on enterprise architecture design principles.
STAGEnet Committees Assist with planning, prioritizing, approving standards/policies, making service level decisions, coordinating among constituencies, communicating, and identifying/providing resources in support of the statewide network.

EA Governance Diagram

 EA Governance

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