IMA Governing Roles

Assigning roles and responsibilities for the IMA effort is an important step and should occur as a result of the meetings that create the vision. Rather than define these roles in terms of positions, we'll describe them generically with some hints as to how these generic roles map onto some common organizational structures.

The roles that we discuss in this section were influenced by the NASCIO Enterprise Architecture toolkit.[*] The NASCIO toolkit identifies eight primary and seven supporting roles in the creation of a governance model for an enterprise architecture. I've adapted those roles into an IMA process. There are two categories of roles: primary and supporting. The model in Figure 14-2 shows only primary roles for clarity. Table 14-1 shows the primary and supporting roles that support the IMA governance process.

Table 14-1. IMA governance roles

Primary roles

Supporting roles


Enterprise executive


Subject-matter expert (SME)


Technical operations staff


Product/project teams

IMA team

Procurement manager


Special interest groups







Primary Roles

Primary roles are those that directly perform the work of creating the IMA.


All of the stakeholders in the IMA effort take on the role of audience. These stakeholders include the enterprise executive, business executives from other parts of the organization, IT staff, partners, suppliers, and customers. Understanding ...

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