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Maine State Government

Dept. of Administrative & Financial Services

Office of Information Technology


Architecture Compliance Policy

I. Statement

To be successful, all information technology efforts must be in alignment with a defined architecture. 

II. Purpose

As Maine State information technology becomes more complex, more expensive, more interconnected, and more exposed to the external world, it becomes even more important to create and adhere to a well-defined architecture. The State has established a strategic architecture. This policy defines the enforcement of that architecture.

III. Applicability

This Policy applies to all information technology assets, both hardware and software, including:

·         information technology assets that are owned by the Executive Branch and Semi-autonomous State Agencies[1], irrespective of where such assets are located or hosted, and

·         information technology assets from other Maine State Government branches that are reliant upon the State wide area network for their operation.

IV. Responsibilities

All persons and parties engaged in information technology work for the State of Maine are responsible for complying with its defined information technology architecture.

V. Directives

The Maine State information technology architecture is published at http://Maine.Gov/oit/architecture.

VI. Definitions

1.      Semi-autonomous State Agency: An agency created by an act of the Legislature that is not part of the conventional branches of Government, i.e., the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, the Judicial Branch, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Office of the State Treasurer, and the Audit Department.


2.      Information Technology Assets: The Information Technology Association of America ( defines Information Technology as "the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware." By extension, Information Technology Assets encompass the entire spectrum of information technology products, such as operating systems, databases, email utilities, word processors, spreadsheets, desktop personal computers, servers, network routers, etc.

VII. References


VIII. Document Information

Adoption Date: October 14, 2008

Effective Date: October 14, 2008

Last Review Date: August 7, 2013

Next Review Date: August 7, 2015


Point of Contact: B. Victor Chakravarty, Enterprise Architect, Office of Information Technology, 207-624-9840.


Approved By: James Smith, Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, 207-624-8800.


Position Title(s) or Agency Responsible for Enforcement: Greg McNeal, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Technology, 207-624-8800.


Legal Citation:  5 M.R.S.A. Chapter 163 Section 1973 paragraphs (1)B and (1)D, which read in part, “The Chief Information Officer shall: “Set policies and standards for the implementation and use of information and telecommunications technologies…” and “Identify and implement information technology best business practices and project management.”


Waiver Process: See the Waiver Policy[2].


[1] See Definition [1]