IndEA Project Based on TOGAF®, a Standard of The Open Group, Recommended by UN to Governments Looking to Achieve SDGs

Project with Indian government is referenced in UN Report as an
example of how to invest in digital technologies to achieve Sustainable
Development Goals

Open Group
, the vendor- and technology-neutral technology
consortium, announced that the United Nations (UN) has cited the India
Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) project as a work of reference for other
global governments looking to invest in digital technologies to achieve
sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The Open Group has been working with the Indian government and in
November 2018, IndEA was formally notified as an Indian national
standard. Built using the TOGAF® framework, IndEA establishes
best-in-class architectural governance, processes and practices using
information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure and
applications. This offers a singular government experience to the
citizens and businesses of India through cashless, paperless, and
faceless services enabled by Boundaryless Information Flow™.

Following the success of the IndEA project ITU, a United Nations agency
for ICT, has referenced the project and TOGAF® as the recommended
framework in a report entitled ‘SDG Digital Investment Framework’. This
report is a reference text for its 193 member states worldwide, looks at
whole-of-government approaches to investing in digital technologies to
achieve SDGs.

Digital India is a flagship program run by the Indian government, and
has a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and
knowledge economy. As a result, ICT is now considered a core element of
the country’s economic, social and political landscape, with Enterprise
Architecture (EA) and the adoption of standards as foundational and key
to success.

The primary objectives of IndEA are to:

  • Capture and codify current knowledge and experience in a consolidated
    form for ready reference to anyone
  • Kick-start EA initiatives across India, covering entire state
    governments and other government and public sector entities
  • Enrich the procurement process and provide greater leverage to
    government enterprises when managing their vendors
  • Document issues and concerns contextual to India, so that the finer
    nuances of governance are captured and taken into account
  • Support India’s transition towards digital governance and a knowledge
    economy as envisaged in the Digital India initiative

Steve Nunn, CEO of The Open Group stated, “At The Open Group, we are
proud to see how successful the IndEA project has been, and feel
privileged to have been able to work with the Indian government on such
a seminal initiative. IndEA has shown how, by investing in shared
digital infrastructure and using a whole-of-government approach, a
country can achieve its sustainable development goals, which ultimately
benefits not just its entire population, but likely others too.”

Dr. Pallab Saha, Chief Architect, South Asia, The Open Group, commented,
“Purpose and mission are critical to governments. In developing the
India Enterprise Architecture Framework, based on TOGAF®, there was a
conscious effort to anchor it to the UN’s SDGs. The SDGs provide
direction to create outcomes that are important to and measurable by
governments, giving a common shared vision which enables consensus among
multiple stakeholders. I am very pleased to see that our thinking and
approach has been referred to by the ITU and is being recommended to
other countries through the SDG Digital Investment Framework.”

You can find more information on the IndEA project on The Open Group
blog here

You can find a summary of the ITU report here


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