Pinnacle believes your EA is a foundational, strategic asset, and must offer strategic executive value in several aspects; we assess your existing information to determine how well your EA is positioned to provide these values. We search for value in an EA such as it being:
Every sizable company and organization possesses certain aspects:
These aspects influence and draw upon each other in a complex set of interactions that are not easily seen.
This is the organization’s Enterprise Architecture whether documented and understood or not.
You may wish to assign a Business Liaison for questions and clarifications that we at Pinnacle may raise or, in the case of remote access, technical assistance in establishing access channels.
Pinnacle views your Enterprise Architecture as a foundational, strategic asset, a wealth of information unique and proprietary to your business health. We therefore emphasize our respectful, secure handling of each client’s sensitive, confidential information.
Pinnacle will access your organization’s Enterprise Architecture, or the repository of information that best represents the business strategies and other aspects described above, with minimal interaction with your organization, as your executive team goes on with your business.
We will objectively assess the important aspects that an EA should offer to your organization, and form a report of these observations and suggested actions to you within a specified timeframe. We strive to be clear as to what we are looking for, concise in what we find, direct in identifying the level of effectiveness for each measure, apolitical, and technology agnostic.
Pinnacle researched the many federal enterprise architecture documents, guidance documents, reference models, policies, and related materials to obtain a clear understanding of the intent of and constraints upon this department’s EA. We then reviewed the large cache of documents that they provided as a representation of their EA, looking for the EAAF required value, as well as value we seek from our experience. Our feedback helped that organization to understand a great number of areas where they could improve and simplify the use of their substantial base EA.
Very recently –December 2008 in fact -The Architecture and Infrastructure Committee released the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM) v1.0 which is a methodology targeted specifically to the FEA reference models.
The value statement for the segment methodology is in part, its outputs being a core part of EAAF Reporting, or they support that EAAF reporting. The methodology also prescribes deliverables that may aid in CPIC, Security, Privacy, Solution development, strategic planning, and IT Governance. That is a lot of methodology that reaches far beyond Enterprise Architecture.
Pinnacle focuses on a practical, usable Enterprise Architecture that communicates clearly to all audiences a consistent image of the subject of interest.
The executive summary in text and in simple tabular form, brings the full message to the fore, with the areas that make the grade, and those that need work to achieve their goals.
The in depth sections that follow have detailed structured lists of areas of measures, describing the value being sought, relevant value or influencing information found, and an objective, fact-based direct statement of whether this measure had been met from our understanding of the documents and of the assessment criteria.
Pinnacle strives to keep all supporting references traced by calling them out in the detailed text of the assessments, and in tabular form for cross reference at the end of the document. We understand that should a misunderstanding occur, together your team and Pinnacle can correct the context and the sum interpretation of that measure, by reviewing the traced documents’ statements and content.
What Then Will, You Do?
You will have a wealth of information and suggestions that your organization can weigh with respect to your goals, budgets, and realities of the day.
We are sure that you will find our assessment to be thorough, fair, objective and most of all, helpful in your efforts to improve and expand the positive influence of your Enterprise Architecture.