Xentity is awarded USGS IDIQ for Enterprise and Solution Architecture

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Xentity has been awarded a 5 year (base year plus 4 option year vehicle) for providing enterprise and solution architecture services to the USGS. 

Xentity has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by USGS.  This blanket contract vehicle enables any and all USGS mission areas and programs to gain access to Xentity’s services through Firm Fixed Price task orders.  This contract vehicle has established terms and conditions allowing the task orders to be issued without any further competition or sole-source justification.  And, since Xentity is an 8(a) certified small disadvantaged business, task orders for this IDIQ contribute to USGS goals for small disadvantaged business contracting.

Services Available on the IDIQ Vehicle

The scope of work that can be performed through this IDIQ include the full range of enterprise architecture (EA) and solution architecture services:

  • Building a holistic view of an organization’s strategy, processes, information and IT assets
  • Linking the mission, strategy and processes of an organization to its IT strategy
  • Documenting architectural models that show how an organization’s future needs will be met
  • Connecting the enterprise architecture to the application/solution architecture

Xentity achieves these EA objectives through the following established approaches and activities as described on Architecture such as :

Architecture Design and Analysis

Architecture Change and Project Management

  • Operational Concept Modeling
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Business Process Re-Engineering
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Solution Architecture Alternative Analysis
  • Architecture Prototypes/beta Development (i.e. cloud, database, frameworks, applications)
  • Requirements Development
  • EA Blueprints and Roadmaps
  • EA Information Management (Collection, Maintenance, Reporting)
  • EA Governance Activities
  • Analysis Workshops and Facilitation
  • Decision Workshops and Facilitation
  • Compliance Support Activities (CPIC/OMB-300)
  • Change Management
  • Communications Planning
  • Strategic and Multimedia Communications
  • Program Management Office (PMO) Administration

IDIQ Facts and Figures

Contract Name

Enterprise Architecture and Solution Architecture Services

Contract Number

G12PS00307

Sponsor

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Contract Ceilings

$540,000 (Annual) / $2,700,000 (Current Set Ceiling, Lifetime) / $4,000,000 (Max Ceiling lifetime if modified)

Period of Performance

  • Base Year: 06/01/2012 – 05/31/2013
  • Option Year 1: 06/01/2013 – 05/31/2014
  • Option Year 2 (TBD): 06/01/2014 – 05/31/2015

Three Remaining Option Years: 06/01/2014 – 05/31/2017

Contract Type

Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ); Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Task Orders

 Prime Contractor

Xentity Corporation an 8(a) Certified Small Disadvantaged Business

14143 Denver West Pkwy Suite 100 

Golden, CO 80401

TIN:      56-2323069 /  DUNS:     152419722

Task Order History

Xentity has performed a number of task orders on this IDIQ vehicle to date.

Core Science Systems – Efficiencies (G12PD00881)
For Core Science Systems (CSS), Xentity provided a rapid assessment of current architecture across 20+ earth science data catalog programs and systems.

Land Remote Sensing – Requirements Management Solution (G12PD00857)
For the Land Remote Sensing (LRS) program, Xentity developed the conceptual and solution architecture for earth observation requirements management.

National Geospatial Program – Enterprise & Solution Architecture (G12PD00748)
For the National Geospatial Program (NGP), Xentity established the governance mechanisms for managing the program’s investment portfolios for systems development, IT infrastructure, data acquisition and production. 

Community for Data Integration (G12PC00035)
For the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), Xentity identified and supported proposals for CDI research projects.

Contract Performance Ratings

Evaluation Area

Rating

Trend

Quality of Product or Service

Exceptional

+

Schedule

Exceptional

+

Cost Control

Exceptional

+

Management of Key Personnel

Exceptional

+

Utilization of Small Business

Very Good

+

 *In a Contract Performance Assessment Report System(CPARS) as made by previous USGS Contract Officer responsible for this IDIQ and multiple of Xentity USGS Contracts.

How to Proceed

To facilitate the process, Xentity has developed a template for both parties to share information about needs and capabilities.  Simply contact us to being the process. 

For information on other Xentity contracting vehicles visit /wiki/display/public/Schedules .

Contact Info:

sales@xentity.com 

PO Box 17887

Golden, CO 80402

720-663-8335 | phone

814-253-4734 | fax

http://xentity.wpengine.com

IT Footprint Progression in the Federal Government… and the role of Architecture

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In early December 2011, Xentity architects had a chance to discuss future progression with OMB current and former Chief Architects. The following captures some of the concepts discussed for architecture in context of the overall IT progression in Federal Government both looking back at where IT has been, but given current initiatives, but could be further emphasized, integrated, or uncovered moving forward.

PDF: ITProgression-Policy-Arch-Role.pdf

Where IT has been

Organization Information Role

IT originally was built as a Federated cost center. IT moved into Agency Data Centers model for archive/records. Commerce Models of economy drove eGov without migrating IT to Service models. Govt swamped in the T of IT, haven’t got back to the I. 

Trained Workforce

IT Acquisition originally was about financing/leasing federated shared manufactured systems Then Client/Server came, which is solution architecture, and 1000s of stacks came. Acquisition never got trained or linked with EA, and engineering mostly got outsourced

Data Center Footprint

Federated Regional Centers moved to Mission Centers moving to Server Rooms due to 1000s of system configurations. Initial FDCCI will close 1/3 of the portfolio count, but other 2/3s will have high transition costs

Technology Stack

IT stack started monolithic and slowly moved into server tiers then into service components. Though reduced individual system develop. cost, O&M Total Cost of Ownership was ignored and system security and interoperability was low.

Recommendations Discussed

Organization Information Role

– Institutionalized Funding for Enabling G2G IT Services at GSA
– Position G2C Services as High-Available Service Centers
– Focus Mission on Data Services training on Data Lifecycle that allows Private, NGO, Citizens to build on top of
– Increase EA role in support of mission and policy analysts for depth reach back to increase new political appointee effectiveness and limit turnover/ takeover disruption

Trained Workforce

– Position EA as depth knowledge base for acquisition guidance reachback
– Train all 3 workforce components on Performance maturity, Common Stack Architecture, and FEA/FSAM v2
– Establish CIO and EA relationship formerly with Acquisition
– Retire ineffective, existing burden to demonstrate credibility, eating own dog food, and increase success chances

Data Center Footprint

– Increase CMMI/ITIL Requirements to lower O&M
– Continue FDCCI
– Guide 2nd Consolidation Phase through taking advantage of CPIC renewal or new system cycles to assure re-use of new platform or data services in new shared platform environments to avoid simple hardware/system “cowpath” migration

Technology Stack

– Establish a Common Stack Architecture to be cloud managed service platforms by Select Large Agencies, waived Large Programs, and GSA
– Manage a True Common Stack Portfolio definition and implementation status
– Target New Solutions and Existing Systems for collaborative evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can approach architecture for other implementers

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For a large majority of consulting companies both design and implement for ALL projects.  Though profitable for many firms, the best design can end up biased towards the agenda of the implementer which may be to sell more components, get more bodies. Now, we have the capability to implement architecture, but our end goal is not to design an architecture that is for us to implement, but an architecture that is implementable. 

Many times, the client knows that the implementer will design with a bias, so the client chooses to or must design blind without considering the maturity of what an implementer can provide. In those cases, we can come in, architect, and be a third party to help do the concept, design, and design the requirements and performance work statement basis.

This approach with these services buy-back risk to your implementation and increase the likelihood of achieving your metrics and goals.

  • In Architecture, We can design and not implement. Though all our designers come with deep experience in implementing, and we can, in cases as independent designers, we can provide the best design recommendations without bias for implementation.
  • In Management Consulting, we can stand-up program management, execute a program management or governance support in lieu of existing support, or transition to existing support. 
  • In FedBiz, we train, support, and consult implementers on federal business management, so they can focus on delivering a solid implementation. Quality contractor support to implement a design, project, or program is hard to find. Compliant, Responsive, Reliable is even harder in Government space
  • In Communications, we help promote the transformation effort
  • In Research, we continually re-invest in new models, patterns, and constructs that go back into our designs.

 Why do we do it? We are all stuck if there are not good implementers or integrators to implement the designs, so it is more important for us to see the transformation designs move forward.

What does geodata.gov mean to data.gov

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During the First International Open Government Data Conference in November 2010, Xentity Geospatial Services and Architect Lead, Jim Barrett had the opportunity to present alongside colleagues such as the OMB Federal CIO, CTO, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and several other name-dropping figures in this space.

Jim, at the time part of the XPN as independent consultant, presented on our recent conceptual architecture work for data.gov that looked to integrate the previous administrations geodata.gov. Geodata.gov open data registration accounts for over 80% of all data in data.gov, so its by all means a major impact to where data.gov would need to focus.

The conference appears to continue as a bi-annual event with the last one being held in July 2012

The following captures the extended version of his presentation: