Wizdom Introduces Executable Architectures at INCOSE San Diego DoDAF Seminar

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The premier provider of technology and services supporting the US Department of Defense (DoD) Architecture Framework (DoDAF), Wizdom Systems, Inc., in cooperation with Steven J. Ring introduced Â?the path to executable architecturesÂ? at a Seminar hosted by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) San Diego Chapter on November 13th 2004.

The premier provider of technology and services supporting the US Department of Defense (DoD) Architecture Framework (DoDAF), Wizdom Systems, Inc., in cooperation with Steven J. Ring introduced “the path to executable architectures” at a Seminar hosted by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) San Diego Chapter on November 13th 2004. The paper was written by Dennis E. Wisnosky and Joseph M. Vogel of Wizdom and Steven J. Ring of MITRE. Wisnosky made the presentation. INCOSE is an international authoritative body promoting the application of an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems

Wisnosky presented an approach to building Enterprise Architecture models that are actionable. That is, they can be used for funding decisions, acquisitions, system engineering, investment strategy and more. Key to these architectures is an Operations Activity Model, the OV-5 that is supported by Time, Cost, Quality and Capacity properties. These properties populate a simulatable model that is built from the Activity model. By examining response of the model to various scenarios dynamically, the architecture team is able to quantitatively evaluate the ability of TO-BE processes to perform their jobs in the most efficient and effective manner.

“We are confident that the approach we are taking will lead both to automatic production of many DoDAF products and our ability to reliably evaluate the performance of systems and determine the benefits of TO-BE implementation”, said Steven J. Ring, Integrated Architecture Pioneer.

DoDAF Version 1.0, approved February 9th 2004 requires that all developed or approved subsequent to December 1st, 2003 be in compliance with the DoDAF. DoD has two purposes for building architectures. One of them is to sure that all new systems are “Born Joint” according to the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS). The second is to comply with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Clinger Cohen Act (CCA) requirements.

DoDAF compliant architectures consist of as many as 26 “products” These products have been traditionally developed as static models. That is, they are valid at only an instant in time. Further, the DoDAF does have a requirement for collection of properties that would enable DoDAF models to be analyzed technical performance or, these are the Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) that are associated with need lines.

But, the DoDAF does not have a requirement for identifying business properties such as:

-How much does the process cost to operate

-How long does the process take to operate

-What is the impact of the process on quality.

Wizdom refers to these as Key Performance indicators, or KPIs. (See Attached Graphic)

Wizdom, and Pikos are working to transition integrated “static” representations to “dynamic” time dependent behavior models in an executable modeling and simulation tool.

The actual presentation is available as a pdf file on the Wizdom web site.

About Wizdom 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.

For more information, contact Robin Davies at (630) 357-3000 ext. 3084, robind@wizdom.com, or visit Wizdom’s website at http://www.wizdom.com.

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