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Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Binnieum

  1. 1. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 This briefing paper is designed to provide an overview of changes each of the domain teams, study teams and ConnectND, Criminal Justice Information Sharing (CJIS) and Graphical Information System (GIS) enterprise programs are anticipating in the 07-09 Biennium. You can reference the websites for each team or initiative for more details. EA Domain Teams Application Software Team - Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) will be a major design methodology for new applications in 7-09. Vendors will be implementing SOA as part of all their solutions. - Automated Testing tools will become part of the quality assurance process on Application development projects. This may increase the initial cost of applications due to the need for test scripts, etc. However, the benefits of having automated test scripts include more complete system testing on all enhancements and upgrades of server software. (i.e. application server/database). - PowerBuilder’s future is uncertain. The portability of existing PowerBuilder applications to the .Net environment is very much in question. If Sybase fails to achieve this migration, these applications will need to be redeveloped in another platform. - Migration of applications from the Mainframe has not changed their life expectancy. Therefore, if applications were being considered for rewrite on that platform, that should still be considered on the new platform. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - New development should use the Service Oriented Architecture in J2EE and .Net - PowerBuilder applications may need to be migrated/redeveloped. - Mainframe applications reaching their “end-of-life” should be rewritten. Application Integration Team - Application Integration focuses on the infrastructure required to deploy SOA, BPEL and ESB. Service buses are in limited production use in ND. This will change in near future, and most likely we will deploy several versions of service buses. This is due to the fact that the developers of Commercial Off The Self (COTS) systems are deciding which bus to use long before they talk to us; therefore, if we want to deploy that vendor’s solution, we will need to deploy the bus included in the solution. - Education should be the primary goal of agencies in the 07-09 timeframe, and once you understand how the new integration tools work, they should start to develop a plan to deploy these services in new applications. 1
  2. 2. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies should consider how their applications could use SOA, and existing web services. Data / Information Team - The mainframe migration will impact the usage of VSAM and ADABAS file structures. VSAM files used in applications impacted by the migration will be converted to ADABAS, thus we will see an increase in ADABAS usage, however VSAM and ADABAS will not be used for new development projects. - The upgrades to Oracle 10g and MS SQL Server 2005 have begun; however, movement to the new platforms will be dependent on the vendor's certification of COTS packages. - We will continue to see Oracle and MS SQL Server become the preferred DB platforms for in-house developed systems and COTS systems. - While DB2 will continue to be used, no new development will be based on it. - The Data warehouse project is projected to start slowly in the 07-09 Biennium and grow. - The data dictionary effort is likely to be revitalized in 07-09. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies with VSAM and ADABAS files should continue the migration off of these file structures. - Agencies should consider using Oracle and MS SQL Server, as they are becoming the preferred DB platforms for in-house developed systems and COTS systems. - Agencies should consider using the data warehouse for reporting and monitoring key performance indicators. Data Storage Team - The Second Data Center that ITD established will provide additional service level options for agencies. Depending on the level of service needed by an agency increased application hosting and disk usage costs could be incurred. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies should review their disaster recovery (DR) plans and application high availability needs to select the proper service level agreement. Depending on the level chosen additional costs should be included in the budget. 2
  3. 3. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 Desktop Team - The operating system standard will be updated in 06; mostly it will include Windows 2000, XP and Vista. Vista will most likely not be a widespread migration until 08 and then only as hardware is replaced. - The domain team is also planning to investigate establishing standards and pursing a state contract for printers, similar to the PC contract. This may impact the brand and cost of printers planned for 07-09. - Agencies should adhere to the four year replacement plan for PC’s. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies should plan to replace 50% of their PC’s to maintain the 4 year lifecycle. - Windows Vista should be considered in 08, for those agencies who do not maintain software assurance, they should prepare for a split OS environment. - The activity on the printer contact should be monitored for future development and purchases adjusted accordingly. Document Management Team - The issue of removing expired documents needs to be addressed in 07-09. While FileNet includes retention polices, many are not set, and the process of archiving and purging of expired documents needs to be completed. This will impact each agency using the FileNet repository. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agency staff time will be required to establish and review retention policies. - The proper implementation of records management should result in the storage of fewer documents, thus reducing the disk storage cost to the agency. E-government - E government activities will focus on extending services offered and methods to ensure the public that they are, in fact, dealing with a ND government entity. The selection and use of a Web Content Management tool may be a reality in 07-09. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies should look for services they could offer the citizen of ND via the web. - The use of the nd.gov domain provides assurance that the site is truly a ND government site, so agencies should consider rebranding their web presence using the nd.gov domain. 3
  4. 4. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 Network Team - The second generation of StageNET will be deployed in 06; this updated network will offer increased security and capacity that agencies may want to utilize in 07-09 and beyond. - With a gigabit backbone, Voice Over IP (VOIP) and ad-hoc video conferencing will become more widespread. - Wireless services are expected to expand in 07-09 and become mainstream in the 09-11 Biennium making laptops more advantageous then desktop PC’s. - With expanding wireless phone options, mobile phones may start replacing desktop phones in some areas. - IPV6 capabilities will exist on the updated network and while we have little if any need to migrate to that protocol; we may be forced into it by an application or Federal mandate. To help prepare, any software and hardware purchased should be IPv6 capable. - Agencies should review their acceptable use policies as the expanded network and wireless connectivity continue to blur the lines between the work and personal lives of employees. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies should consider how the use of expanded network offerings could impact their business process. These impacts may include the use of desktop video, IP telephony and expanded wireless connectivity. Security Team - Areas of possible impact include the blocking of outbound IM (Instant Messaging) and IRC (Internet Relay Chat) traffic, the expanded use of mobile computing, anti-spyware software, managed personal firewall services and the growing need for the use of Active Directory accounts. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies that require Instant Messaging and are currently using internet based services should adjust their budgets to provide for the use of the State’s enterprise IM solution. Office Automation Team - Microsoft Office 12 will be available and most likely deployed in 07-09. - Encrypted email is also likely to occur in this timeframe. The impact is unclear at this time. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - The costs of migrating to MS Office 12 should be budgeted for. These costs include software licensing, implementation, and mixed mode operational inconveniences. 4
  5. 5. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 Servers / Operating Systems Team - While the Mainframe Migration project will largely be complete by 07-09, it is important to remember that no cost savings will be passed on to the agencies until the loan resulting from the project has been paid in full. While the migration effort will affect the majority of systems, the need for a mainframe to support MMIS and others will continue until those systems have been redeployed. - The skill set focus will be Windows and Linux. - Mobility and data encryption will impact the State in 07-09. - The second data center will allow for service level agreements based upon application recovery/redundancy needs. - Agencies also need to watch the development of N core processors and how software vendors handle licensing. We are currently seeing everything from multi- core CPU’s being treated as a single CPU, to each core being called a CPU, and this could impact your software costs. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - No direct agency impact is foreseen at this time in this area. 5
  6. 6. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 EA Study Teams Mobility Team A special study team was created to look at mobile devices in the State environment and come up with a recommendation as to which ones should be used and which ones should not. It was determined that this technology is new enough, and that trying to limit the use of these devices would be a mistake. Instead it was recommended, and accepted, that an infrastructure would be built that would allow for supporting multiple device types. This position allows for the use of server imposed security on devices, regardless of their platform. Security policies are currently being discussed in the study team with recommended configurations to follow. It also allows for Agencies to begin looking at devices for more than just email/calendaring functionality. In the 07-09 Biennium Agencies may begin to look at mobile devices as a possible application platform. If this path is chosen, additional costs would be incurred (additional mobility software licensing). Business Impacts agencies should consider - Agencies should plan and budget for mobile devices as needed. - In the 07-09 biennium agencies may begin to look at mobile devices as a possible application platform. If this path is chosen, additional costs would be incurred. Collaboration Team A special study team was created to evaluate Microsoft SharePoint as a standard tool for collaboration. A list of business requirements was built and is being used as the testing criteria. This testing is currently underway with a recommendation concerning proper configuration, use, and security will be the outcome. If SharePoint is recommended and approved as part of the State’s “collaboration toolbox,” it would carry licensing fees of some sort along with it. If an Agency chooses to use this portion of the toolbox, they would incur those fees. Business Impacts agencies should consider - If SharePoint is recommended and approved as part of the State’s “collaboration toolbox,” it would carry licensing fees of some sort along with it. If an Agency chooses to use this portion of the toolbox, they would incur those fees. 6
  7. 7. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 Desktop Search Team A special study team was created to evaluate different desktop search tools that are currently available. This team is currently working on building a list of business requirements that can be used as testing criteria. The major concern right now is how these tools impact the current file server/email server environment. If a tool is recommended based on its combination of functionality and administrative control, a possibility is that it will be a commercial product that has licensing fees associated with it. This scenario could cause an Agency to incur cost if they desire to leverage this tool. Business Impacts agencies should consider - If a tool is recommended based on its combination of functionality and administrative control, a possibility is that it will be a commercial product that has licensing fees associated with it. This scenario could cause an agency to incur cost if they desire to leverage this tool. Business Intelligence The BI direction is to develop a “Capability Center” around a standard toolset. This will provide the ability to deploy BI apps more rapidly and rely on consultants less. Agencies will be able to purchase hosting and BI app development services from ITD. COTS solutions with integrated BI applications will continue to exist but compatibility with the enterprise solution should be a procurement criteria. Business Impacts agencies should consider Agencies should budget for BI application development as appropriate 7
  8. 8. Enterprise Architecture Technology update for 07-09 Biennium January 2006 Enterprise Initiatives ConnectND ConnectND has several study projects underway, the results of which will impact the 07-09 Biennium. It appears that it is likely that a Time and Labor solution will be deployed in 05-07, allowing agencies to retire their current Time and Labor applications. Also, as part of the Time and Labor rollout or a standalone result of the 8.9 upgrade to the HCM module, an Absence Management system will be deployed. This will allow the retirement of your current application and spreadsheets used to manage leave time requests. In addition, it is likely that a Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence application will be deployed in the 07-09 timeframe to enhance reporting capabilities. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies should consider budgeting for the Time and Labor implementation costs if this is a requirement for their agency CJIS – Criminal Justice Information Sharing Resources and XML Standardization will be the two key areas of impact in 07-09. XML standards are being developed to allow law enforcement agencies to communicate with each other and other state, local and federal agencies as needed. As CJIS places more systems into production the balance between development and support will continue to be an issue in 07-09. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - State agencies with criminal justice data are encouraged to build shared services to the CJIS hub. GIS – Graphical Information Systems Agencies should review their options to utilize GIS web applications. It is estimated that nearly 80% of government data has a spatial component. In the 07-09 Biennium, ND will likely continue to use ArcIMS; however, the GIS Hub will likely start providing more OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) web services and less proprietary ArcIMS web services. The GIS Technical Committee and its agencies will continue to monitor the development and applicability of Open Source GIS technologies during the 07-09 Biennium. Business Impacts Agencies Should Consider - Agencies should consider including location information in their data models so that data can be “mapped”. Agencies should consider using GIS tools to present information graphically. There is no cost to agencies for hosting of GIS applications and data on the GIS Hub. 8

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