20-03 Enterprise Architecture

Purpose: Provide state-wide government standards for using enterprise architecture concepts and methods.

Policy Statement: In recognition of the significant and expanding role that information technology (IT) plays in many agency business processes; and in order to improve the mission-effectiveness, cost-efficiency, security, and support of state government agencies; DoIT-approved enterprise architecture (EA) concepts and methods will be used to develop and maintain scalable views of the agency and their resources.

Applicable Law & Other Policy: MD State Finance and Procurement Code Ann. § 3A-301-309.

Scope and Responsibilities: All executive branch units of state government, except those identified in Maryland Code, SF&P § 3A-302. Agency executives, managers and staff shall ensure compliance with this policy.

Key Terms:

Architecture: A structure’s design and style. An organization’s structure and functions.

Best Practice: A proven method to accomplish a goal (e.g., a process, technology, standard, device, or skill).

Department of Information Technology (DoIT): An executive branch unit of Maryland state government, organized according to Maryland Code, State Finance and Procurement Article, § 3A.

Enterprise: An organization, part of an organization, or linked parts of multiple organizations.

Enterprise Architecture: A holistic method to document and assess the structure and functions of an organization.

Framework: A model that determines the scope and relationship of parts.

Policy: A statement of jurisdiction and methods to guide agencies in the management of IT resources and services.

Technical Specifications: Provided in Maryland State Enterprise Architecture Handbook

Policy Review: By the DoIT IT Policy Review Board annually or as needed.

Contact Information: Chair, IT Policy Review Board, doit-oea@maryland.gov 410-697-9724. The Policy #20-03 steward is the DoIT Director, Office of Enterprise Architecture.​​​​

Signed 20-03 Enterprise Architecture​​​​​
The PDF version of this policy represents the authoritative policy document. This PDF version of the policy shall prevail in the event of any inconsistency between the signed policy document and the text presented on this page.​​​