The challenge of integrating multiple, independently-developed systems into a unified, efficient enterprise can be exceedingly complex. The SI focuses on the end-to-end mission and applies our engineering and integration approach to allow our customers to efficiently and effectively plan, implement and operate their enterprise. This requires a breadth and depth of technical knowledge and mutually respectful, trusted relationships across all industry and government stakeholders at all levels.
Accountability for enterprise success is the key differentiator of the SI and is achieved through:
- Providing a versatile continuum of services and domain/technical expertise, with a solution space that is scalable to the complexity and magnitude of the problem space.
- Developing and maintaining the integrity of the evolving enterprise technical baselines, ensuring system closure of all performance requirements when aggregated across the enterpirse
- Decomposition and verification of enterprise requirements
- Focus on risk and opportunity at the enterprise level
- Independent and unbiased alternatives to facilitate informed, data-driven decision making
Our methodology is based on developing a thorough understanding of system components, interfaces and performance, as well as the associated cost and schedule dependencies.
Our approach involves:
- Optimizing operations by engineering the enterprise in terms of products, processes and business operations
- Understanding the architecture complexities, the end-to-end performance, along with the cost and schedule interdependencies spanning a portfolio of projects and programs
- Improving the value of the operational enterprise by satisfying user expectations and achieving the overall mission objectives
- As a result, our customers experience improved situational awareness to support decision making and collaboration.
Mission assurance is the disciplined application of general systems engineering, quality, and management principles towards the goal of achieving mission success, and providing confidence in its achievement. Mission assurance focuses on the detailed engineering of the acquired system and uses independent technical assessments as a cornerstone throughout the entire concept and requirements definition, design, development, production, test, deployment, and operations phases.
- Validating the functional baseline (i.e., performance is satisfactory with respect to operational safety, suitability, and effectiveness)
- Validating the product baseline (i.e., the system/end-item is configured as intended)
- Ensuring that qualified manufacturers/suppliers are supplying quality parts, equipment, subassemblies, and subsystems for the system/end-item
- Ensuring that maintenance and repair sources are delivering quality products for the system/end-item
- Verifying that maintenance data is correct and adequate to sustain the system/end-item in the intended configuration for its intended use
- Ensuring that necessary processes are in place for preserving mission assurance
- Ensuring that quality and qualified maintenance equipment (tools, support equipment, etc.) are provided with up-to-date maintenance instructions and procedures.
In many respects, the elements of mission assurance are embedded in the systems engineering and integration (SE&I) support we provided for many of our large programs. Our commitment and responsibility for ensuring mission success drive us to go the extra mile to provide the levels of mission assurance described above.
An enterprise architecture framework supports the integration aspects between business, system, and technology architectures while maintaining support for the enterprise's strategic direction. It describes the strategic vision for the enterprise that will guide the development of each component, the current and target business environments, the systems that comprise the enterprise, and the technology principles and platforms. It also describes the interactions between all these components.
An enterprise architecture is a composite of multiple individual architectures integrated together. With this integration comes greater complexity. Understanding how all these systems interact to exchange data and information becomes even more important. The ability to capture and represent the overall integrated architecture is critical to understanding how the enterprise will perform in an operational context. Our tools and capabilities allow us to capture the necessary data, understand how it ties together, identify where there are disconnects or gaps, and assess the impacts at an enterprise level when changes are made within a single system. Finally, the ability to visualize and represent the integrated architecture in a digestible, easily interpreted sense enhances the ability to communicate the benefits and impacts of changes within the architecture.
Our enterprise capability gap assessment provides a means of assessing the business, systems and technology components to understand what architectural changes are necessary to achieve your future vision. We develop the process improvements, system enhancements and technology improvements necessary to achieve the end state.
We implement processes and tools to provide a cross-program schedule, insight and notification of changes to better understand and track cross-program schedule dependencies. The access to shared schedule information across the enterprise helps improve the timeliness and accuracy of schedule information, the management of interdependencies, and reporting of schedule data.
End-to-End Performance Analysis
End-to-end performance analysis provides a holistic estimate of performance, encompassing all components and systems that contribute to the execution of an entire mission activity chain. It incorporates an understanding of how the various systems interface with one another, and how data is exchanged. It helps in the evaluation of how changes made at the system level may impact enterprise performance.
Enterprise Cost Analysis
Enterprise cost analysis allows customers to evaluate the overall costs with respect to enterprise strategy across the entire lifecycle and within the context of a broad portfolio.
Cross-program collaboration provides the tools, processes and initiatives to foster greater communication and sharing of information between programs. The ability to collaborate across multiple programs is essential to utilizing existing capabilities and reducing cost.
Information integration merges information from disparate sources with differing conceptual, contextual and typographical representations. It is used in data mining and consolidation of data from unstructured or semi-structured resources.
Portfolio management provides critical information that helps our customers select and manage investments and resources to achieve their strategic objectives and optimize performance, cost, schedule and risk. We assist customers in all phases of the portfolio management process and tailor the offering based on the strategic objectives of the customer’s enterprise and domain. In a full-phase process, we first understand your current portfolio management process, perspectives and baseline portfolio. Then, we present alternatives to the customer generated through performance, risk and affordability analysis. After our customer selects the new portfolio, we monitor for potential improvements and strategy adjustments.
Affordability analysis provides forward-looking analysis and decision support to enable insight into both capability achievement and acquisition cost. It considers costs across the entire life-cycle and computes total cost of ownership, taking into account mission analysis, technical analysis and cost analysis. Affordability analysis also includes developing "should cost" estimates, determining economic production rates, and reducing project/program redundancies.
Value Engineering / Decision Analysis
Value engineering and decision analysis breaks down the functions of a program, project, system, product, item of equipment, building, facility, service, or supply of an executive agency, performed by qualified agency or contractor personnel, and is directed at improving performance, reliability, quality, safety, and life-cycle costs.
The following technical papers were published at the 23rd Annual Internationl Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Symposium.