Cameron presents EA keynote at Big Data conference

To gain competitive advantage, many businesses are attempting to leverage big data – a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools. Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently spoke to business leaders, technologists and analysts across the country about how organizations can use enterprise architecture to design and develop big data environments.

”Enterprise architecture is increasingly being turned to in order to manage the complexity associated with enterprise-wide big data,” Cameron said.

Cameron was a keynote speaker at the Big Data Business Forum, held recently in San Francisco. At the forum, he talked about the importance of enterprise architecture in designing “enterprise-wide big data environments.”  Big data environments help organizations process, analyze and derive maximum value from a variety of new data formats, as well as traditional structured formats, in real time or for future use to make more informed decisions.

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

The College of IST, in conjunction with Penn State’s World Campus, launched a Master of Professional Studies in Enterprise Architecture last year. The 36-credit online degree program offers a comprehensive education in the principles and practices of EA by integrating strategic, business, and technology planning methods in order to understand, analyze, justify, and communicate business solutions.

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Last Updated January 17, 2013