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Table of Contents

More Trends or Futures
Reading Files

Courts Systems Architecture


FEAF Pilot for Grants and International Trade - Brundage

E-Government: The Next American Revolution - Ronen

Multiple architecture frameworks in the same agency? - Brundage,
Self-Assessment Guide for Information Technology Systems

DCI's Government Enterprise Architecture Conference/ Washington DC- Showerman

Zachman/CMM/Baldridge - Doehnert


We Have Mail!

Question on Operational Architecture Jonas Colmsjo / velikhovve

A word of praise - jruben

Vendor participation -Paul Nute

Pirate or Reuse? -Marcelle Blasl

Mailing List Problems

Sorry about this newsletter being a day late, it was my anniversary (34 years) on the 18th.

I need Help, between work, and this newsletter, I do not have sufficient time to generate new content each time. So if you have a favorite web site or a white paper languishing on your C: Drive, send it to me. Get published! Each of us has something to contribute to this community, a simple process, a procedure, or a white paper that you have used effectively can be of additional use to others. You can get some pretty good exposure for your organization by publishing in this newsletter. Send contributions to David McAfee at dmcafee@ewita.com

More Trends or Futures

A favorite thing of mine is to see what is out on the net about IT futures here are some of the main ideas and pointers to the actual site which has additional detail

State of Ohio

Difficulty recruiting and retaining staff.

Changing face of business.

Changing planning assumptions.
Recognizing information as an essential governmental asset and responsibility.

Changing stakeholder environment.

Increase regulation surrounding the use of technology.

Continuing devolution of the federal government.

Continuing increase in the complexities of current infrastructure and applications architecture.


Maturing of workflow technology.

Maturing of smart card technology.

Decreasing cost and increasing acceptance of telecommuting.


State of California Employment Development Department


Network Centric Computing.

Resource Challenges.

Data Warehouse.


Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of IT.

Technology Price/Performance Curve.

Mobile Connectivity.

Systems Management and Support.

Client/Server Application Development.

Organizational Dual Discipline Proficiency.

Application Development Tools.

Buy vs. Build.


http://www.ewita.com >tools>meeting>Developing Strawdogs

Library and Information Technology Association


The LITA experts agree that the following trends are worth keeping an eye on.

Users expect customization, interactivity, and customer support.

In dealing with electronic information resources, what librarians bring to the table is evaluative guidance.

It's time to put a human face on the virtual library.

Why reinvent the wheel?

The isolated scholar is out there, and she wants your resources!

Authentication and rights management: who has the right to use this, but not that, and how much will they be charged?

Don't run aground on submerging technologies!


Top 10 technology trends for 2001 all ask one thing: Are you experienced? By Michael Vizard

CRM (customer relationship management):

Supply-chain automation:

Knowledge management:

Content management:

Peer-to-peer networking:

Business process integration:

Mobile commerce:

Optical computing:

Application utilities:

Application frameworks:


10 HR Technology Trends for 2001
Certain technologies and trends are likely to affect HR in new and intriguing ways. By Samuel Greengard

ASPs and Technology Outsourcing:

Web Portals:

Free PCs and High-Speed Access for Employees:

Streaming Desktop Video:

The Mobile Web:.


Internet and Network Monitoring:   

Bluetooth: manage all their devices. Problems with frequent transmission errors are currently being addressed.

Electronic Signatures:

Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment:


Workforce, January 2001, Vol 80, No 1, pp. 20-21 Subscribe Now!


A good architecture for a courts system is located at http://www.courtservice.gov.uk/info/reps/is_strategy.pdf


From: George.Brundage@cio.treas.gov <George.Brundage@cio.treas.gov>

I am working with Mitre and Ptech to develop 8 products for the FEAF Pilot for Grants and International Trade. I have uploaded a Grants work in the form of Word and HTML, and also an Excel spread sheet.
You can view these files at


From: Joiwind Williams Ronen [mailto:jronen@excelgov.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 6:33 PM
Subject: just released...e-Government: The Next American Revolution

Dear Friends of the Technology Leadership Consortium,
The Council for Excellence in Government today unveiled a plan for achieving full electronic government in the United States. The blueprint and live webcast of the press conference can be viewed at
Entitled E-Government: The Next American Revolution, the blueprint sets forth the vision, principles, and actions necessary for a breakthrough seen as comparable in impact to the invention of the printing press. It aims to make government at all levels far more accountable to the will and needs of the people and greatly boost the speed, variety, and quality of transactions between them. The big idea here is "e-the-people."
"This blueprint is a guide for bringing about positive, sweeping change in the relationship between people and their government," said Council President and CEO Patricia McGinnis. "That new connection will enable Americans to conduct their business with government whenever and wherever they wish. E-government will be easy to use and available to everyone." She said that includes "everything from paying taxes and checking your Social Security earnings to communicating with elected representatives, tracking their voting records, participating in public hearings, and forming communities of interest with others online."
The blueprint and the full news conference - webcast live by FedNet - canbe viewed at


From: Brundage, George
Another thought.
1) What do you think are the consequences of having multiple architecture frameworks in the same agency?
2) When you move from a paper and pencil framework to using a tool(s), do you think that the tool clarifies confusion that is contained in the paper and pencil framework. (Are we moving in the direction of a through the tool (For example, in the tool there will be objects (a triangle and square), which will be used consistently as diagrams are developed. The tool enforces the rules and constraints.)


NIST has recently developed the Draft NIST Special Publication, "Self-Assessment Guide for Information Technology Systems, " which is now available for your review and comment on the NIST web site ( http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts.html ). This document builds on the Federal IT Security Assessment Framework (Framework) we developed for the CIO Council. The document provides 17 areas of control, such as those pertaining to authentication and contingency planning, and provides control objectives that can be measured in the same five-level manner as the Framework.


From: Derek Showerman [mailto:dshowerman@dci.com]
Subject: DCI's Government Enterprise Architecture Conference/ Washington DC, $300 early bird
This is an update on the next Government Enterprise Architecture Conference, May 15-17 with pre and post conference seminars on the 14th and 18th in Washington DC. The $300 dollar early bird
discount is available till 3/30/01. At this point the event is half full. If you are going, I encourage you to get back to me soon to register. From all indications this event will be selling out! Please get back to me either by email, or by calling 978-470-3870, x 111 to reserve your spot. NOTE: This offer is valid for anyone at your place of employment. Please remember when registering to do it through me, because the discounts I have are not available through our website or customer service line. Feel free to contact
me with any questions. Scroll down for overview and pricing. Thanks for your time, and interest. I look forward to your response. Regards

Below is an link to our website with a write up of every session over the entire five days.


From: Doehnert.Mark@epamail.epa.gov [mailto:Doehnert.Mark@epamail.epa.gov]
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2001 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: Zachman/CMM/Baldridge
Question - I have never heard the word Baldridge mentioned in connection with architecture. Has anyone heard of this connection?

Response: Any kind of performance measure requires repeatability, architecture lends itself to repeatability by laying out a organization's direction, and in many cases down to a set of tools.


Wit & Wisdom - Stupid Labels
1. On Sears hairdryer: "Do not use while sleeping". (Gee, that's the only time I have to work on my hair!)
2. On a bag of Fritos: "You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside". (Evidently, the "shoplifter special")
3. On a bar of Dial soap: "Directions: Use like regular soap." (And that would be how...?)
4. On some Swanson frozen dinners: "Serving suggestions: Defrost."(But it's *just* a suggestion)
5. On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom of box): "Do not turn upside down." (OOPS, too late)
6. On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: "Product will be hot after heating." (As night follows the day...)
7. On packaging for a Rowenta iron: "Do not iron clothes on body". (But wouldn't this save even more time?)
8. On Boot's Children's Cough Medicine: "Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication". (We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5-year-olds with head colds off those forklifts.)
9. On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness". (One would hope)
10. On most brands of Christmas Lights: "For indoor or outdoor use only". (As opposed to what?)
11. On a Japanese food processor: "Not to be used for the other use".(I gotta admit, I'm curious)
12. On Sainsbury's peanuts: "Warning: Contains Nuts". (NEWS FLASH)

13. On a child's Superman costume: "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly". (I don't blame the company, I blame the parents for this one)
14. On a Swedish chain saw: "Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals". (Was there a chance of this happening somewhere? ...Good grief)
15. On a bottle of Palmolive Dishwashing liquid: "Do not use on food." (Hey, mom, we're out of syrup! It's OK, honey, just grab the Palmolive!)


Jonas Colmsjo wrote:
I am looking for a reference architecture for an application architecture. It should cover typical support systems for an enterprise, i.e CRM, ERP, > HR systems with short descriptions of the applications in each system.
Does anybody know of any standard, de facto standard application architectures that could be used for this? Jonas
Answer: by velikhovve@yukos.ru <velikhovve@yukos.ru> Good classification and MES functionality is on
www.mesa.org Reasonable functionality for ERP and SCM -on http://www.technologyevaluation.com/TechnologySelection/WebTess/webtess.asp


From: <jruben@excite.com> Hi Dave, Your web page is very useful, thanks for keeping it. Saludos


From: Paul Nute <PNute@metamatrix.com>

Question: do you allow specific vendors to gain any kind of visibility on your site? ads, sponsorships, advertorials, case studies, white papers, etc.? please let me know, as i think that that our product would be of great interest to your audience. thanks, paul nute http://www.metamatrix.com

Answer: I not only allow it, I encourage vendor participation, we do request that the "sales pitch" be minimized, and the articles be kept short.


From: Marcelle Blasl <marcelle.blasl@sita.co.za>

Hi there, Thanks for all this info. I've become a super pirate.

Response: I prefer to think of it as reuse. One of my Architectural concepts is the reuse of architectures (Why reinvent the wheel?). I feel architecture for similar sized organizations has many reusable components and that by re use, you can apply more time to the differences than the similarities.

I'm glad you have been able to use the site and the information.


Hello Mr. McAFee, since I left my last company, the address (address withheld) is not valid any more. Could you please remove it from the your recipient-list (see below). I thought I had unsubscribed all services from EWITA for this address, and (re-) subscribed them. Obviously I missed one.
Response: Not at all, I resurrected a old mailing list to insure that every one got a chance at seeing the latest link list for State architectures. Sorry you received this at an address you did not want.