UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and founding president of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professionals (FEAPO), was recently given a page in the free Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia in recognition of his pioneering role in the emerging field of enterprise architecture.
“It is a great honor to be recognized in this manner,” Cameron said. “I was surprised when I was notified by one of the Wikipedia editors.”
Wikipedia is a collaboratively edited, multilingual encyclopedia that is supported by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia contains more than 20 million articles in 280 languages, and is the most comprehensive and widely used reference work ever compiled.
Enterprise architecture — a discipline and strategic knowledge asset — helps businesses and organizations evolve to meet changing business needs. Enterprise architects analyze areas of common activity within or between organizations where information and other resources are exchanged. The analysis offers managers a guide for transitioning organizations to meet strategic goals and adapt to change by integrating strategy, business goals and technology.
The purpose of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, which was established in January 2011, is to gather intellectual resources across Penn State to address open and important research concerns and questions that span the design, functioning and governance of contemporary, information-driven enterprises. Through multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research methods, the center looks to address large-scale applications such as health care informatics, large service-based and manufacturing firms, nonprofit initiatives, federal and state government transformation, and the design of homeland security agencies.
Founded by Cameron in 2011, FEAPO is a worldwide association of professional organizations which have come together to provide a forum to standardize, professionalize and otherwise advance the discipline of enterprise architecture. The organization is developing documents that will be released over the next year-and-a-half to two years that will provide descriptions of various EA professions, and outline related roles and competencies.
In addition to serving as executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, Cameron is also the program director for the new master of professional studies in enterprise architecture. He actively consults with a wide variety of corporations and government bodies such as Accenture, AT&T Wireless, Avaya, Boeing, EMC², Lockheed Martin, the National Security Agency (NSA), Oracle, Raytheon and U.S. Marine Corps.
Cameron’s accomplishments have led to invitations to speak internationally in venues that include the White House Conference Center, World CIO Forum, Office of the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Association of State CIOs, among many other professional organizations and corporations. Cameron received the Career Achievement Award in 2011 from the Network Professional Association (NPA) for efforts related to the founding of FEAPO, the building of the Center for Enterprise Architecture and associated service to the profession.