The Enterprise Architecture program is responsible for developing a roadmap that meets the information technology goals of the City departments. The program achieves its goals by staying up to date on current technologies and best practices.
The program members meet regularly with key players in the network, storage and processing arenas to learn of new products and advancements. The program members also meet with other programs teams and IT members of other departments to learn of needs, listen to concerns and provide solutions.
Additionally, the program evaluates current procedures and processes in effect at the city and advances changes are needed.
There are three primary initiatives within Enterprise Architecture:
Desktop Computing researches, recommends, and sets technical standards and policies for all aspects of the City’s desktop computing technology standards including desktop computers, notebooks, printers, and related hardware peripherals. The focus is on innovative, efficient, and cost effective technology solutions that adhere to the City’s policies and operational support resources.
Green IT promotes all aspects of sustainable and environmentally conscious computing across the department’s technology initiatives to ensure support for the City’s Green initiatives. The current focus is on energy efficient computing and electronic waste disposal.
Enterprise Servers are used to run applications, databases and web services. The City of Chicago’s Data Center hosts over 300 servers that provide services or information to citizens, visitors, and businesses. Enterprise Storage Systems are used as a centralized repository to store important information that is protected and backed up for safe keeping.