Article Posted by Lee Mosbrucker, Acting Enterprise Architect

There is a growing demand for the State of California to conduct its business differently. California has a significant challenge to redesign its business approaches and processes. Its greatest challenge is to implement an IT environment that supports a new business model, one that builds an IT infrastructure that connects agencies to each other and their customers, one which provides appropriate access to information from any place, at any time.

The Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a process that can be used to facilitate these necessary changes within the state. Enterprise Architecture establishes the statewide roadmap to achieve the business mission and goals by improving the performance of its core business processes within an efficient information technology (IT) environment.

Enterprise Architecture (EA) defines an enterprise-wide, integrated set of components that incorporate strategic business thinking, information assets, and the technical infrastructure of an enterprise to promote information sharing across agency and organizational boundaries.

To help define the enterprise the Enterprise Architecture Policy was release April 15th, 2009. The EA Policy defines a consistent approach to our EA practice by employing the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) methodologies for governance and compliance while leveraging the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) framework for identification of the enterprise business and assets. Accompanying the EA Policy is a toolkit called the EA Developers Guide. The EA Developers Guide is a set of instructions and templates used for identifying the business, information assets and the technical infrastructure.

As part of the effort to establish the Enterprise Architecture (EA) we held five EA boot camps during the first week in May. The ninety minute sessions introduced the EA Developers Guide and the templates used to collect core AS-IS business and technologies called domains. The two domains of interest for the June submission are the California Business Reference Model (CalBRM) and the Technical Reference Model (TRM) and will be the result of the consolidation of information collected and submitted in June.

The collection of the templates providing the EA information for the CalBRM and TRM is the first step into documenting the state enterprise across agencies and departments. Over time we will have a well documented current and future state that will be used as a roadmap that builds an IT infrastructure that connects agencies to each other and their customers.