Penn State EA represented at global council meeting in Kazakhstan

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Brian Cameron, executive director of the of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently spoke as part of an expert panel session in Astana, Kazakhstan, hosted by the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) IP3 (International Professional Practice Partnership) GIC (Global Industry Council), which is affiliated with the United Nations and sets international professional standards for different aspects of technology-related fields. Cameron’s presentation, which focused on the programs of the Center for Enterprise Architecture and a global view on EA trends and issues, was his first speaking engagement as a member of the GIC.

”It is a great honor to be part of the Global Industry Council,” he said. “This group is focused on establishing global standards for IT-related professions and my membership in this group will help the College of IST to remain on the leading edge of global technology trends. Enterprise architecture is an area of great interest to this group as the field evolves around the globe.”

Cameron’s panel in Kazakhstan included EA and technology leaders from Canada, Germany, Denmark and South Korea.

Enterprise architecture is the process of translating business vision and strategy into effective enterprise change by creating, communicating and improving the key requirements, principles and models that describe the enterprise’s future state and enable its evolution. By integrating the various dimensions of an organization, an enterprise architect takes a company's business strategy and defines an information technology system to support that strategy.

The purpose of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, which launched in January 2011, is to gather intellectual resources across Penn State to address research concerns and questions that span the design, functioning and governance of contemporary, information-driven enterprises.

On a worldwide scale, Cameron said, the global financial crisis has been driving the need for enterprise architecture programs to improve organizational agility and effectiveness in business and government. During his presentation in Kazakhstan, he discussed issues such as how to select, design and implement an EA framework for an organization and how to measure the value of EA programs.

“There are more commonalities than differences,” Cameron said. “Many of the issues and problems are the same around the globe.”

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Last Updated February 08, 2013