Enterprise Architecture Framework Paper

755 Words Jul 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Enterprise Architecture

In this research paper we will be discussing The Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) FEAF is business driven and is the U.S. Federal Government’s answer to enterprise architecture that provides a framework for complex established systems to be able to share information technology across agencies. We will be discussing a case analysis that covers the five interrelated reference models that is used to bring commonality and consistent enterprise architecture for the improvement of the government agencies adopting FEAF. Like the other frameworks FEAF is an abstract view and are covered by the 5 FEAF reference models. These models are designed to facilitate communication, cooperation, and
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The strengths of FEAF is the flushing out of duplicated efforts between Agencies once the framework is applied. This opens the door to collaboration providing opportunities to continue to share information between the Agencies involved. By identifying duplicated efforts a larger Return on Investment (ROI) can be achieved. When the framework is applied and the Agencies principles are identified strategic goals can be reached. Another benefit to the FEAF approach is a design to help eliminate duplication of effort which leads to waste. Another is the being able to develop a common approach to government, industry standards that are legally compliant. Of the legal mandates the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 says that Federal Agencies must develop and maintain enterprise architecture. (2) Of the many EA frameworks FEAF has the most coverage but it still does not cover all the desired aspects of EA. The weakness in FEAF is that it is designed for federal agencies. While this is good it does not necessarily fit corporations unless you are catering to Federal Agencies. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses FEAF to build their business architecture, data architecture, application architecture and technology architecture. These architectures are what maintain the CMS EA tool called Troux Architect. This tool allows for the alignment Office of Management and Budget's FEAF. (1) Being able
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