Cameron leads effort to define career path for enterprise architects

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In today’s globally competitive, economically challenged environment, the need for enterprise architecture (EA) is steadily increasing in organizations of all types and sizes. As a result, EA professionals are in high demand in industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

A lack of a commonly accepted career path for enterprise architecture related professional is cited as an area of top concern by many organizations today. The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), under the direction of Brian Cameron, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has recently announced the initiation of a global effort to define the common core career path structure for EA related professionals.

“This is a major multi-year effort that is greatly needed as part of the evolution of the profession of enterprise architecture,” said Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at the College of IST and founding President of FEAPO. Enterprise architecture is the analysis and design of an enterprise in its current and future states from a strategy, organizational and technology perspective. The goal of enterprise architecture is to improve organizational performance by delivering business-aligned enterprise systems.

Founded by Cameron in 2011, FEAPO is a worldwide association of professional organizations which have come together to provide a forum to standardize, professionalize and otherwise advance the discipline of enterprise architecture. The organization is developing documents that will be released over the next year-and-a-half to two years that will provide descriptions of various EA professions and outline related roles and competencies. Visit www.feapo.org for more information on the EA career path effort.

The purpose of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, which was established in January 2011, is to gather intellectual resources across Penn State to address open and important research concerns and questions that span the design, functioning and governance of contemporary, information-driven enterprises. Through multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research methods, the center looks to address large-scale applications such as health care informatics, large service-based and manufacturing firms, nonprofit initiatives, federal and state government transformation, and the design of homeland security agencies. Visit ea.ist.psu.edu for more information on the Center for EA.

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Last Updated December 17, 2013