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Feds Face IT Integration Challenge

The Department of Homeland Security, launched in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is faced with quite a challenge: Connecting the IT systems of the 22 agencies under one umbrella. CIO Steve Cooper this week laid out a plan for rationalizing the department’s more than 300 back-office applications, 1,000 servers and 1,000 telecom circuits in testimony at a House committee hearing. In conjunction with a federal enterprise architecture initiative and with the OMB (Office of Management and Budget), the DHS has been devising an internal enterprise architecture, or EA, that lays out the roadmap for IT integration. The DHS integration plan is designed to provide the structure for integration and consists of four parts: an ‘as is’ architecture characterization; a business model; target architecture; and transition strategy for migrating from the ‘as is’ to target states. Full Story

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