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  • 1. Shared Technical Architecture’s Role within the ECIO Organization “ Arkansas Shared Technical Architecture”
  • 2. Executive CIO responsibilities pertaining to Shared Technical Architecture
    • ECIO has the authority to define IT standards, policies and procedures to manage the information resources within the state.
    • This is accomplished through the Arkansas Shared Technical Architecture.
      • Shared Technical Architecture Team directs the formulation and publication of policies, standards, specifications, and guidelines for IT in the state. Act 1042-Section 4-a(2)(A) & a(2)(B)
  • 3. What is a shared technical architecture?
    • A shared technical architecture is policies, standards, and best practices that have been agreed on, publicized and periodically reviewed by domain working groups.
    • Domain working groups represent a cross-section of state, legislative and judicial agencies, institutions of higher education, as well as the Information Network of Arkansas.
  • 4. Shared Technical Architecture Program has existed for 5 years
    • A component of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) which was charged with creating standards to facilitate electronic access to government information and enable interoperability.
  • 5. Current Examples
    • Information Architecture set standards for preservation, protection and disposition of electronic records for state agencies;
    • Accessibility Architecture set standards for hardware, application development and web design to comply with state accessibility laws.
  • 6. Current Examples (continued)
    • Network Architecture group has reviewed the trouble areas on the state network and drafted network requirements for agencies which would aid in reducing these trouble areas.
    • Video Network Architecture is providing a framework for how agencies will deploy video conferencing technology that is compatible with Arkansas video network system.
  • 7. Current Examples (continued)
    • Data Architecture group is finalizing standardizing data throughout state government. Benefits of data standardization include:
      • Information sharing across agency boundaries
      • Enterprise system interoperability
      • Reduces redundant data
  • 8. Current Examples (continued)
    • Desktop Operating System & Application Suite Architecture has recently delivered the following:
      • Software License Management Guidelines (supporting the Governor’s Software Piracy Proclamation);
      • Recommendations for Upgrading Desktop Operating System and Application Software;
      • Considerations for Implementing Alternative Desktop OS and Application Suites;
  • 9. Current Examples (continued)
    • Security Architecture:
      • - Created the State Agency Security Policy Guidelines which contain minimum requirements concerning IT security measures
      • Actively creating security policies through the larger security working group as well as in the three smaller working groups
        • Public Key Infrastructure working group
        • Business Continuity working group
        • Disaster Recovery working group
  • 10. Current Examples (continued)
    • Application Architecture:
      • Incorporating existing application development standards created in the security and accessibility working groups
      • Identifying application development best practices
    • Project Management Architecture
  • 11. Process for Agency Contribution to Technical Policy and Standards
    • A policy has been recently drafted that defines the process to facilitate state agency participation in the development of IT policies, standards and best practices.
    • Present the plan (policy) to the Governor and to the General Assembly. Act 1042-Section 4-a(3);
    • The IT architecture domain working groups represent a cross-section of state agencies
  • 12. Issues of Compliance with Enterprise Architecture
    • Agency IT projects will be evaluated on the basis of the ROI of the project, the value-added services, and the compatibility with state Shared Technical Architecture. Act 1042-Section 5-e(2) & e(3)
  • 13. Issues of Compliance with Enterprise Architecture
    • In the event a state agency proposes an information technology project which does not comply with the state shared technical architecture:
      • Submit concerns related to noncompliance to the ECIO, who shall seek review and advice of the CIO Council [Act 1722-Section 17-f(1) & f(2) – amending Act 1042-Section 4-f(1) and f(2)]
    • A policy related to compliance with State’s Shared Architecture is currently in being developed.
  • 14. Arkansas’ Approach to the Portfolio Management Model
    • Based on the Washington State portfolio management model
    • Links IT investments to business plans
    • Facilitates IT investment risk analysis
    • Provides for agency and statewide technology reporting
    • Promotes technology integration and interoperability
    • Compiles information about each agency’s IT investment portfolio from biennial plans
  • 15. Act 1042 Web Page http:// www.cio.state.ar.us/Legislation/Legis_status.htm