Setting up enterprise architecture seen as biggest IT challenge

Setting up an agency's enterprise architecture is the biggest challenge government IT workers face, according to a survey recently released by the Association for Federal IRM.

In a poll of 101 senior federal IT officials'69 from civilian agencies, 30 from the Defense Department and two who declined to say which agency they worked for'44 respondents considered formulating or implementing an architecture as a top challenge, 10 more than any other challenge listed in the survey. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed who worked for civilian agencies also said federal employees lacked skills needed for enterprise architectures.

Although enterprise architecture poses a major challenge, IT officials polled considered security less of a problem. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the IT infrastructure at the respondents' agencies has become more secure, according to two-thirds of those polled.

Further details about the survey can be found at www.affirm.org.

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