Enterprise architectures for supporting the adoption of big data

Yiwei Gong, Marijn Janssen

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Governments from all over the world are struggling to take advantage of big data developments. Enterprise Architecture (EA) can be used as an instrument to integrate big data (BD) in the existing business processes and ICT-landscape. In this policy paper, we explore the role of EA in the adoption of BD. For this, we adopted a qualitative case study approach and investigated a large administrative organization that was in the process of adopting BD. We found in our case study that the first attempts were focused on integrating big data in the current landscape, but this encountered too many challenges that halt progress. To overcome the challenges, a separate BD department and accompanying infrastructure was created. The strategy was first to reap the benefits of BD and to understand what should be done, and thereafter integrating the working systems in the existing landscape. The findings suggest that current infrastructures might not be suitable for integrating BD and substantial changes are needed first. In the case the role of BD needed to be first clarified before EA could play a role in adopting BD. EA should deal with the uncertainties and complexities by ensuring a configurable landscape, by providing an incremental approach for adapting the infrastructure step-by-step, before the benefits of big data can be gained. Developing an incremental migration plan was found to be a key aspect for the adoption of BD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDG.O 2017 - Proceedings of the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations and Transformations in Government
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
VolumePart F128275
ISBN (Electronic)9781450353175
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, DG.O 2017 - Staten Island, United States
Duration: 7 Jun 20179 Jun 2017


Conference18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, DG.O 2017
CountryUnited States
CityStaten Island


  • Big data
  • BOLD
  • E-government
  • Enterprise architecture
  • ICT-Architecture
  • Infrastructure
  • Open data


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