Predicting the architecture of military ICT infrastructure

Juha Mattila, Simon Parkinson

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Military forces are in transition towards digitalised forces following the example of their mother societies. In this transition, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) remains a key enabler to gain more effect from units composed of men, procedures, machines, software, and information. This paper studies the evolution of military ICT infrastructure and composes a roadmap to predict its architecture; a roadmap to help enterprise architects evaluate options when designing an ICT infrastructure to support digitalised military forces. The paper approaches the ICT systems architecture and program challenges from post-positivist view, trying to create new tools through an empirical observation and case study method. A hypothetical model is created with general systems modelling logic, which is then tested to practical information collected over thirty years in Defence Forces of Finland. Observation data is compared with two documented sources providing triangulating testing and improved integrity of resulting roadmap for ICT infrastructure evolution. The generalisation of the roadmap is made by referring to similar features found in other military forces and their missions. Finally, some examples of utilisation of the ICT evolutionary roadmap are given to help enterprise architects to analyse the current situation, the possible paths and end states. For many architects, it is hard to define how the management and cultural nature of an organisation will react to improving technology. The roadmap for ICT infrastructure evolution helps the architect to assess the status of the current situation from technical, management and organisation viewpoints at the same time. The approach helps architects to consider different paths of development and to optimise technical solutions with management structures and cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th European Conference on Information Systems Management, ECISM 2017
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-911218-53-1
ISBN (Print)9781911218524
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Conference on Information Systems Management - Genoa, Italy
Duration: 14 Sep 201715 Sep 2017
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European conference on e-government
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
ISSN (Print)2049-1026
ISSN (Electronic)2049-1034


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Information Systems Management
Abbreviated titleECISM


  • Computing
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Networks
  • Service Management

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