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The most critical issue facing Government,Defense and Commercial enterprises today is the rapid pace of change in almost every industry. With the rate of technological change increasing, together with today's budget and competitive pressures, enterprises must be able to change rapidly often just to survive - let alone succeed. More and more organizations are turning to the evolving science of Enterprise Architecture to develop solutions to these challenges.

The need for transformation from today's inflexible business environment to an agile enterprise that can change direction rapidly has never been greater. Yet the structures, processes and systems that we have today are inflexible: They are incapable of rapid change. Increasing the amount of computer hardware, software, packages, staff or outsourcing are not solutions they are part of the problem. Rapid business change methods and systems that change in lock step are needed by organizations of all sizes and types today. This process requires strategic direction from senior management and strategic planners to be translated into rapid action by professionals that possess a solid understanding of both enterprise technology and the business. The methods to achieve this organizational agility are being explored by many enterprises today and new methods for business transformation are needed.

The purpose of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) is to gather intellectual resources across Penn State to address open important research concerns and questions that span the design, functioning and governance of contemporary, information-driven enterprises. Research includes the underlying information technology architectures, data application architecture and the complex enterprise-level systems of systems that make use of these underlying architectures in a legislative and institutional marketplace. The Center applies multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research methods to address large-scale application domains such as healthcare informatics, large service-based and manufacturing firms, non-profit initiatives, federal and state government transformation and the design of homeland security agencies. The architecture and systems of systems perspective allows for addressing concerns focused on the design and effective functioning of organizations and networks of organizations with results such as enterprise transformation, enterprise and network design, global information infrastructure design and management, global enterprise presence and competitiveness.

The Center for Enterprise Architecture strives to design, extend and invent practices, tools, and theories in partnership with industry to produce effective outcomes at the intersection of theory and organizational practice. We help organizations understand, utilize and extend enterprise architecture as a strategic resource. Our goals include:

  • Achieving efficiencies in operations across company and network activities
  • Leveraging aligned enterprise technology to drive innovations in products, services and business models
  • Competing in a networked global world
  • Providing advice and support in undergraduate, graduate, professional continuing education and research.

The Center for Enterprise Architecture provides a focused hub of expertise and resources to serve client organizations. We are creating new knowledge, applied research outcomes and new theoretical perspectives as well as applying established theories in collaboration with industry partners through five key ways:

  • Conducting projects with industry collaborators, government sponsors and others to confront demanding problems and provide thought leadership around EA-related issues
  • Developing cross-organizational and cross-industry models to create benchmarks and scorecards that client companies can use for self-assessment
  • Creating a group of new enterprise architecture professionals who are trained and experienced with the demands of this evolving profession
  • Providing a neutral meeting place where client organizations can interact with faculty and other advisory group members and to explore possible solutions to common problems
  • Publish leading-edge collaborative research in a variety of EA-related areas