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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 07 April 2017 — The IEEE Computer Society (CS) Guide to the Enterprise Information Technology Body of Knowledge (EITBOK), a compendium of high-level knowledge areas that are typically required for the successful delivery of IT services vital to all enterprises, is now available for global community review.

The EITBOK defines the key knowledge areas for the IT profession and embodies concepts that are recognized as good practice in the IT domain and that are applicable to most IT efforts.

”We are grateful that so many distinguished industry leaders and subject-matter experts have contributed to the EITBOK, and we are happy to make it available in wiki form to share with the Enterprise IT community,” said Chuck Walrad, its Editor-in-Chief. Currently there is no other such guide to the international Enterprise IT body of knowledge containing the EITBOK’s breadth of information, with links to a wide range of specialized BOKs in areas like Business Analysis, Software and Systems Engineering, and Data Management. The full trial version of the EITBOK is available for review, comments, and suggestions at

Key features and advantages of the EITBOK:

  • Provides insights typically only available to clients of expensive consulting companies.
  • Offers major international frameworks for definitions of Enterprise IT (EIT) competencies.
  • Defines a common international set of names for Enterprise IT (EIT) roles.
  • Presented in an online, easy-to-navigate format.
  • Is a unique single source that encompasses the full range of EIT responsibilities.
  • Links to a wide range of specialized BOKs in areas like Business Analysis, Enterprise Architecture, Software and Systems Engineering, and Data Management.
  • Identifies relevant IEEE standards, along with ISO/IEC standards.
  • Provides information on EIT maturity models and maturity assessments.
  • Includes over 400 pages of information

The EITBOK as a problem solver:

  • Aids in the development of internationally useful job descriptions, competence criteria, and competence claims.
  • Aids in the internationalization of job descriptions.
  • Provides models and standards that are valuable to organizations concerned with establishing themselves as reliable providers of high-quality, secure services.

The EITBOK’s potential industry and academic uses:

  • Industry will find the EITBOK useful for setting up needed capabilities in an EIT department or augmenting the capabilities of an existing EIT department.
  • IT and IS students and faculty will find it useful for gaining insight into how it feels to work inside an EIT organization, and how varied its duties and skill requirements are.
  • The content can be used to assist with IT job descriptions or an IT performance management system.
  • It can also contribute to academia in:
    • Updating current Bachelor of Engineering programs (adding Acquisition, Construction, Transition, and Maintenance chapters as formal courses).
    • Creating/updating Master’s degree programs focusing on EIT (using Enterprise Architecture, Strategy and Governance, Change Initiatives, and Interoperability chapters).
    • Supplementing the ACM/IEEE model curricula for IS and IT.
    • Creating “Continual Education” short-term courses for managers and IT leaders:
      • Operations, Maintenance, and Control of IT (life cycle perspective chapters)
      • Strategy and Governance of Enterprise IT (enterprise perspective chapters)

IEEE CS is proud to have helped the practice, education, research, workforce development, professional certification, and standards for this computing field, elevating it to the status of properly formulated and recognized disciplines.

Learn more about the EITBOK.