Overview of EA
Enterprise Architecture (EA) provides a strategic planning framework that relates and aligns information technology (IT) with the business functions that it supports.
The Commonwealth of Virginia's Enterprise Architecture is a collaborative endeavor across Virginia government that has been undertaken to assure that the citizens of the commonwealth will receive the greatest possible value from investments in information technology. EA does not start with technology. It starts with a strategic framework based in the business of our government and the vision and goals of our leadership. The effective use of information technology must be an integral part of how we conduct our business in state government.
EA is made up of business and technical components and is a cyclical planning process that begins with the highest priority components to ensure that these components remain up-to-date while other components are developed. Because of this continuous renewal, the architecture is always evolving and is never complete.
Overview of the EA website
The EA website is comprised of several major sections:
Enterprise Architecture (EA) Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSGs) - contains a comprehensive list of all active COV Policies, Standards and Guidelines.
EA Change-Exception Request Form - used to request a change or exception to an EA Standard.
EA Component Definition - provides high level definitions of EA and its component architectures: EBA, EIA, ESA, and ETA.
EA Library - provides detailed information relative to EA, including EA Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSGs), source documents, checklists, reports, links, in-depth discussions, etc.
Enterprise Information Architecture (EIA) - contains information relating to the four EIA domains: Data Governance, Data Asset Management, Data Standards and Data Sharing.
For more information please contact the EA team at
Commonwealth Enterprise Technology Repository (CETR)
CETR consists of agency inventories of applications, data assets and software tools. If you require access to CETR, please complete the CETR Access Request Form.