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PO3.5 - IT Architecture Board

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IT Architecture Board

Establish an IT architecture board to provide architecture guidelines and advice on their application, and to verify compliance. This entity should direct IT architecture design, ensuring that it enables the business strategy and considers regulatory compliance and continuity requirements. This is related/linked to PO2 Define the information architecture.

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  • Increased accountability and responsibility for architectural decisions
  • Increased alignment between business strategy and technical IT direction
  • Consistent understanding of technology architecture throughout the enterprise
  Risk Drivers
  • Incompatibilities between technology platforms and applications
  • Deviations from the approved technological direction
  • Uncontrolled acquisition, use and possible proliferation of information systems assets

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  1. Establish an IT architecture board to provide architecture guidelines and advice on their application.
  2. Agree on and formally document the role and authority of the IT architecture board. Establish that the document includes the overall IT architecture design and the alignment with the information architecture.
  3. Put a process in place to monitor and benchmark the effect on business strategy and identify instances of non-compliance to technology standards.
  4. Ensure that the IT architecture board meets regularly and meeting minutes are taken that include actions, assignments of responsible parties, time lines and tasks.

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