Federal Government gets serious about e-Gov Wizdom provides Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Business Training for FEAC

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Under the Bush administration, a major effort is underway to greatly streamline all aspects of how the Federal Government does business. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is leading this effort through the implementation of the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA). The FEA serves as a reference both in terms of how Government business processes should be described and integrated and as a guide for Frameworks, tools and methods acceptable for building enterprise models. While this concept serves as the necessary “how to” for Federal Agencies and Departments, OMB also has mandated that all IT, and now all program expenditures must be supported with both business process (an Enterprise Architecture - EA) and economic models (related to the CPIC) prior to approval of FY2004 funds.

Wizdom pioneered the predecessor efforts to the FEA through the IDEFs, the MINERVA methodology and the how-to book BPR Wizdom: A Practical Guide to Planning and Managing BPR Projects. As a result, Wizdom has assumed a key role with the Federal Enterprise Architecture Certification (FEAC) Institute (http://www.feainstitute.org) under the leadership of Dr. Beryl Bellman of California State University, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Mr. Felix Rausch, FEAC Executive Director in Washington, DC.

The FEAC Institute is a not-for-profit organization initially established under the auspices of UCLA to provide Certification Program courses to the Federal Government and Contractors in EA, which result in certification of the student and also satisfying requirements for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

“We are quite proud to have Wizdom play a key role in the development and execution of our Certification Program,” said Felix Rausch. “Wizdom adds a dimension of reality based experience that is simply not equaled elsewhere.”

FEAC offers a 25 CEU professional Practitioner's Enterprise Architecture Certification program which covers Enterprise Architecture as mandated, used and applied in the Federal Government. This mandate also applies to all supporting contractors and state and local Government entities. In addition, FEAC offers a Certification program geared specifically to DoD employees and contractors based upon the requirements of the DoD Architecture Framework (DODAF).

In both certification programs, Wizdom (as faculty) presents Advanced Architecture Methods, Modeling, and Performance Analysis. A consistent business process is used for all formal exercises. Students cover the life cycle of business modeling and analysis from AS-IS process identification to development of TO-BE solutions consistent with OMB guidelines.

“I applaud the efforts of the FEAC Institute in creating and managing a University approved certification and hands-on training program,” said Dennis E. Wisnosky, Wizdom founder and lead Wizdom instructor for FEAC. “The FEAC program is demanding for both students and faculty. We are proud to be part of the program and to be able to participate in the process of greatly improving the operations of our Government.”

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Since 1986, Wizdom has been a recognized leader in providing clients with innovative process-based business and software solutions for improving performance. Wizdom’s integrated software, training and consulting enables our clients to communicate, plan and execute a unified corporate strategy. Wizdom helps businesses grow by aggressively pursuing new opportunities and employing the best business practices. Wizdom’s corporate headquarters is located in Naperville, IL, a western suburb of Chicago.

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