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This Guide to the Enterprise Information Technology Body of Knowledge (EITBOK) was first conceived in 2010 by the Professional Activities Board of the IEEE Computer Society ( They felt that the ever-increasing numbers of practitioners in EIT organizations, and the increasing complexity of their work, coupled with the criticality of EIT in today’s world, merited the development of materials to help them advance their profession.

The real work on the EITBOK began in 2013 with the selection of the core team. It was determined from the first that this guide would be a resource “by practitioners, for practitioners.” The core team included people from Canada and the United States in North America, and from Latin America. We were also able to enlist collaboration from the European Union and Japan, with the ultimate goal of bringing together professionals across the globe to agree on the fundamentals of EIT, just as the IEEE creates EIT standards via international collaboration.

In addition, a goal of the EITBOK team is to recognize the many other BOKs in specialized EIT areas that contribute to the profession. Hence, there are references throughout the EITBOK to those other BOKs that serve specialized areas of practice, like requirements engineering, enterprise architecture, systems engineering, and so on.

We are immensely grateful for the participation of members of the following organizations:

  • Business Architecture Guild
  • Council of European Informatics Society (CEPIS)
  • Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)
  • Data Management Association (DAMA)
  • European Union Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry
  • Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations
  • International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)
  • Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA)
  • SFIA Foundation
  • Software Engineering Institute