Wizdom Systems, Inc., in Cooperation With The MITRE Corporation Introduced “Building Executable Architectures” at the CISA Winter Conference December 2, 2004

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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 The MITRE Corporation introduced “Building Executable Architectures” at the CISA Winter Conference December 2, 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. 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.

The premier provider of technology and services supporting the US Department of Defense (DoD) Architecture Framework (DoDAF), Wizdom Systems, Inc., in cooperation with The MITRE Corporation introduced “Building Executable Architectures” at the CISA Winter Conference December 2, 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.

CISA (C4I Integration Support Activity) is a DOD Support Activity operating under the direction, authority, and control of the ASD(C3I) and his Deputy. CISA provides technical and analytical support, as directed, for Defense C4I programs and cross-programs evaluation; resource management; integration of C4I architectures and programs; technology development programs; development and validation of C4I requirements; and assessments of comparative worth of C4I systems. CISA Is headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.

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.

The Wizdom approach is based on Wizdom’s Minimalist Methodology outlined in DoDAF Wizdom published late last year and the Activity Based Methodology developed jointly by Mitre and Lockeed Martin.

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 for a TO-BE Business Case.

DoDAF compliant architectures consist of as many as 26 “products” These products have been traditionally developed as static models. The DoDAF has 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 necessary for the Business Case 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.

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.

Press Contact: Robin Davies

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