From a project management perspective, the Exploration phase is where a business need for a project is justified, and the potentantial cost of the project is estimated. The Business Lead (or Project Manager if already assigned) works with the EPMO to obtain the State Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) approval on the Business Case/Cost Analysis (IT ABC form).
Throughout their analysis over the course of Exploration, the Enterprise Architect (EA) will provide critical analysis of technology via an Architecture Assessment. The assessment outlines how well a proposed technology solution aligns to both the business need and the larger State strategies using the framework of Business, Application, Information and Technology Architecture. Additionally, EAs can also bring to light potential additional Governance and Security requirements. Selected technologies will be assessed throughout the project process for their continued alignment to this assessment.
During the ABC form process Enterprise Architects are contacted by the EPMO to collaborate with the Business to assess their current capabilites and provide recommendations to alternative solutions that are able leverage existing solutions within the current IT landscape within the State of Vermont. In this capacity EAs can be called on to assist in the as part of the ABC approval process, ensuring that only viable, cost effective projects move forward into initiation.
The ABC Form is a necessary part of any IT project beyond $100,000. The Enterprise Architecture Group is able to provide assistance when requested by the Enterpirse Project Management Office (EPMO) in the submission, and approval of the ABC Form. For more information regarding the ABC form please consult the EPMO site.