Government implements National Enterprise Architecture
The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) has recently announced the adoption of the Enterprise Architecture Framework, with the aim of strengthening its ICT policy, standards and practices. This is poised to benefit the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well as large enterprise companies, especially ICT-based companies engaged by government agencies nationwide.
The uptake of the Enterprise Architecture, which is still in the infancy stage, has seen a number of government agencies adopting it. To increase its adoption, MAMPU has established the Community of Practice for Enterprise Architecture, which comprises a combination of members from the government, industries and academia to spearhead the development of the National Enterprise Architecture Framework.
The adoption of Enterprise Architecture is also seen to be in support of the continued efforts in enhancing the connectivity towards the Digital Government initiatives. It will also focus on the unraveling of and getting a better understanding of the relationship between government Enterprise Architecture and a connected Digital Government, vis-à-vis improving on the government’s response to its internal and external stakeholders.
Enterprise Architecture revolves around the delivery of benefits to the government agencies by identifying and solving business challenges and not only giving emphasis to technology driven initiatives alone. It will also look into ways in simplifying systems, overcoming duplications and leveraging on technologies that will enhance the public sector’s service delivery and communications with the public and businesses.
The adoption of Enterprise Architecture by the public and private sectors will also enrich the knowledge and human capital development of both the IT and non-IT trained employees.
The announcement on the adoption was made by MAMPU’s deputy director general (ICT), who is also the Government’s chief information officer, Datuk Dr Nor Aliah Zahri, who was represented by MAMPU’s head of public sector (ICT Consultancy by MAMPU’s head of public sector (ICT Consultancy Team) Dr. Mohamad Zainuddi Taib, MAMPU at the Business IT Architecture Series 2013 (BITAS 2013) conference which was held at Mid Valley City recently.
The conference featured renowned local and regional speakers who shared their knowledge, experience and expertise at the 10 tracks that were held for the day. Organised by IASA (IT Architects Association) Malaysia Chapter, the eighth edition of this conference attracted the strong participation of companies and organisations.
MAMPU’s Nor said in her speech which was delivered by Dr. Mohamad Zainuddi, that the adoption of Enterprise Architecture is vital in the efforts to strengthen the ICT policy, standards and practice in the public sector.
“MAMPU has put in place the Public Sector ICT Strategic Planning (ISP) Framework followed by the three Public Sector Strategic Plans that comprises of five programmes, namely: enhance public service delivery, enhance capacity and capability, enhance performance measurement capability, connected government and sustainable and resilient ICT,” added Nor Aliah.
The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)’s chief operating officer Ng Wan Peng, sad effective implementation of Enterprise Architecture initiatives and programmes would result in higher productivity, greater efficiency and success for organisations and companies, which includes SMEs. “This conference is a great opportunity to promote the Enterprise Architecture initiatives to the MSC Malaysia status companies and SMEs, as it can enabled them to maximise their bottom-line and also pave the way for them to be world class companies,” added Wan Peng.
IASA Asia-Pacific founder and chairman Aaron Tan Dani said the objectives of the conference was to provide exposure and equip the participants with the relevant practical knowledge and skills required to deliver strategic values of technology for business through enterprise architecture.
“Furthermore, BITAS 2013 conference also disseminated information in connection with the strategic developments in the field of enterprise architecture,” said Tan.
A total of six classes were conducted, which covered in-depth topics, ranging from Business an IT Architecture frameworks to developing enterprise strategies. The classes aimed to equip the participants with essential skill sets, knowledge and enterprise understanding of architecture fundamental concepts based on the ITABoK (IT Architecture Body of Knowledge) that can be applied practically into real-life scenarios.