From: NASA Blogs
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009
A confluence of things has occurred recently. I had the occasion to speak to a group of NASA Enterprise Architects. I'm sure that it is no coincidence that I've been spending some sleepless nights thinking about NASA's IT Infrastructure Integration Program (I3P) and its hope of a kinder, safer, and more cost effective world. And in a final trifecta of synchronicity, I ran across a delightfully satirical book titled, How to Rule the World: Handbook for an Aspiring Dictator, by Andre de Guillaume.
Let me step back a bit and offer a simple definition for Enterprise Architecture that is not spoken in the dribble of IT jargon. In simplest terms, it is a planning framework that describes how the technology assets of an organization connect and operate. It also describes what the organization needs from the technology. And finally, it describes the set of activities required to meet the organizational needs. Oh, and I should also say it operates in a context of a process for setting priorities, making decisions, informing those decisions, and delivering results called - IT Governance.
The author makes four major points in the book:
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