Government Enterprise Architecture Framework

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Qatar Digital Government

The Qatar Digital Government 2020 (QDG) Strategy identifies the development of Government Enterprise Architecture (GEA) as a foundation for Whole of Government services. A government-wide enterprise architecture will allow the government to reduce the costs of development and operations, while at the same time improving overall quality, by promoting interoperability and reuse of standard components. The objectives of the GEA framework are to assist in the delivery of more consistent, cohesive and efficient digital services to citizens by the government, through providing a framework that:

provides a common language: provides a common language for agencies involved in the delivery of cross-agency services enhances collaboration: supports the identification of re-usable and shareable services and applications.

assists in describing and analyzing IT investments: provides a basis for the objective review of investment by government
assists in transforming Government: enables more efficient and timely delivery of digital services through a repository of standards, principles, and templates that assist in the design and delivery of ICT capability and, in turn, business services to citizens.

The GEA framework as approved by the QDG Steering Committee in January 2018 for adoption by all government entities, provides end-to-end guidance for digital transformation by addressing all stages of digital services development lifecycle - from service definition and modeling, through information and application design, till infrastructure architecture and secure operations. The GEA framework comprises eight documents as described below:

#

Document

Description

-

Overview - Architectural Framework

Provides a high-level overview of all of below Architecture and Standards documents as well as guides agencies on how to apply them

1

Business Reference Model

Defines a Business architecture framework and associated standards providing guidance on how new business services should be modeled, defined, developed, monitored and continuously improved throughout the service lifecycle

2

Information Reference Model

Describes the Information exchange architecture approach and standards for sharing information data sets across government agencies

3

Application Reference Model

Describes the Application reference architecture and standards to be used to create applications supporting Government services

4

Infrastructure Reference Model

Describes the Infrastructure reference architecture and standards that will be the foundation for building application components and business services

5

Security Management

Provides the GEA context to the related security and privacy requirements for government agencies

6

Service Management

Defines the framework for managing IT services that are required to support the delivered services

7

Governance Model

Defines the architecture governance framework to ensure effective adoption and evolution of reference architecture models across all the agencies in Government