Sunday, November 11, 2012

Enterprise Architecture for the United State of America

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is an enterprise blueprint with descriptions of enterprise vision, structure, and operation models.

To have a long-term plan, a blueprint, and a roadmap for a country is as important as we need one for an enterprise. A country is like an enterprise entity in a bigger scale, which also needs a common vision, cohesive top-down guidance, and effective governance structure and process to make sure the vision, goals, and objectives can be achieved and the execution is heading to the right direction. Therefore, a country also needs an “EA”. This could be an ingredient of socialism, if yes be it. As I discussed in a previous blog article “The Road of Moderation”, the correct choice is usually in the middle between extremes. For a social system, it should be between extreme capitalism and extreme socialism. The most effective and efficient way is likely the convergence from the two. This is about the balance of the top-down guidance, planning, governance, and coordination with the freedom of organic growth from bottom-up.  We can see that USA and China are converging from different directions to an optimized model that suites each. I’m looking forward to the development, and maintain optimistic for the motion. 

US government has promoted enterprise architecture for over a decade, but mainly in IT domain leading by CIOs. One reason for that it is not as successful as expected is due to lacking of participation from business side. If we can involve the participation from business side for the entire US government, what we get is exactly the Enterprise Architecture for the United State of America!

In EA, we prefer a federated model for big enterprise, which is applicable to a country as well. As a matter of fact, USA has already adopted the federated government model by design. Mr. President is the CEO of the country; we also need a Chief Enterprise Architect and an enterprise architecture team for the country to serve the intent!
Also, we can have an "Inter-Enterprise Architecture" to help dealing with international issues. 
Relevent Links:
The Road of Moderation
Enterprise Architecture .vs. Collection of Architectures inEnterprise

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