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IFSM 311 EA Justification Paper
An Enterprise Architecture (EA) program is an important and beneficial process plan thatis increasingly being used in today’s business organizations to assist with achieving future business goals. EA deals with business processes, operational processes, capabilities, information systems, organizational structure, applications, and IT infrastructure, while functioning as a blueprint that explains how all systems are logicallystructured within an entire organization. An EA program is a disciplined, business-driven process that requires EA teams to work with leadership and stakeholders to define the organization’s future-state vision. The organizations current-state and future-state visions are then compared and investment decisions are made to fill any gaps. Additionally, EA aligns IT investments with business goals. Overall, an EA program is an exhaustive effortthat uses all resources to achieve an organization’s future vision, which makes it very beneficial to businesses seeking to make substantial organizational changes, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (Blosche, 2013).The Virginia DMV has decided to undertake a systems redesign, called CSI, in efforts to transform their fragmented and outdated systems into one modernized system. This system needs to be responsive to fluctuating needs related to internal security, homeland security, legislative mandates, and customer relationship management. An EA program would allow DMV leadership personnel and stakeholders to make more efficient strategicdecisions on business investments that will close the gap between the organizations current state and its future-state vision. Additional justifications for implementing an EA program at the Virginia DMV include cost reduction, technology standardization, and
process improvement. When implementing an EA program, a TOGAF or Zachman framework would be useful for reference (Tamm et al, 2011).