Enterprise Architecture Framework - Committee Terms of Reference MG0003 (7 pages)
This document provides a comprehensive outline of the Terms Of Reference for Enterprise Architecture in a Shared Services environment. The document could be equally useful for any comany looking a better Governance of their IT Enterprise Architecture.
"Company X have adopted a shared services model to support their common business needs for technology. ITS has been established to provide the technology infrastructure to support the technology needs of both departments.
At Company X, a Chief Information Officers (CIO) have been appointed to manage the effective and efficient adoption of technology to meet the business needs of their respective departments. Effective utilisation of the ITS shared service and compliance to Corporate initiatives are both critical components of their ICT strategy. The consolidation of technology for business applications and alignment with the technical architecture adopted by ITS is also extremely important.
Enterprise Architecture is a discipline being pursued at a Corporate level to support the goals of improving technology efficiency. Enterprise Architecture involves capturing government business processes and the technology currently adopted and providing a blueprint for use of technology in new business initiatives and for assisting IT strategies where greater efficiency and effectiveness of technology is desired. Effective adoption of Enterprise Architecture will provide the ultimate benefit of reduced IT investment costs and IT recurrent costs to achieve specific business requirements and deliver improved overall business value from adoption of technology.
Project governance is achieved through project review boards with the key focus being on delivery commitments, project budgets and delivering project benefits outlined in the business case.
Given the importance of architecture in delivering greater IT investment value, it is imperative that a governance process is established that will address Departmental, ITS and Corporate architectural issues and set architecture direction for projects. This will ensure broader organisation benefits are attained and conflicting issues can be resolved. Without this governance, architecture direction is driven from a project perspective with multiple technologies and greater technology complexity being the end result."
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