USGS executes Option year number one for Architecture IDIQ

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Today, Xentity was awarded Option year #1 for the U.S. Geological Survery IDIQ for Enterprise and Solution Architecture . This is the 6th year Xentity has provided outstanding Geospatial Integrated Services and Capabilities and Architecture services to the USGS and the results have continue. If interested in leveraging out IDIQ read the background below and review our USGS IDIQ for Enterprise and Solution Architecture

USGS National Geospatial Program Architecture Background

Xentity provides segment architecture development support in Program and Product Planning, Geospatial Data Acquisition and Production Lifecycle Management, Delivery Services, and Resource Management. Xentity also supported analyzing strategic planning and relation to architecture. EA development was based on the defined Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM).  As well, Xentity supported the transition from development to implementation which included such services as:

  • Blueprint Roadmap Development
  • Governance Formation, Analysis and Consulting
  • Solution Architecture Management Consulting
  • Operational Quality Analysis – Capacity, Availability, Continuity Analysis
  • Business Activity and Role Analysis
  • Planning Support and Consulting
  • Implementation Facilitation Support
  • Change Management and Consulting
  • Service-Level Management Consulting

Additionally, Xentity assisted the USGS in creating a communication product plan. This included:

  • Extraction of the communication products and communication product activities into a singular unified communication product plan.
  • Documented advice and tactics to product and service leads about opportunities unifying and coordinating events for the purpose of (1) increasing presence relating to TNM and USGS brands and (2) making communication product spending more efficient.
  • Documented advice about strategic communication techniques and products, including but not limited to branding rollout, key differentiator message support, Maturity road map support, conducting of customer meetings, and capturing stakeholder positioning statements for products,
  • Training on newer communication concepts such as social media

Xentity Performance:

Xentity has had 100% deliverable acceptance by USGS and were all on-time and on-budget. Of the 4 blueprints, the resulting 200+ milestones are now being implemented under Xentity supported Program Management Office, and are seeing improvements in all areas. Xentity’s support in providing solution architecture patterns are seeing over 100 IT assets are slated to be retired and still have increase usership, but at a lower cost. NGP Director implemented some organizational management improvements, of which some were based on the Xentity supported resource management roadmap. USGS NGP has shifted to a prioritized stakeholder-driven model to help better invest in data, product, and service content and features the users want/need. Operation Centers have taken to using new internal management processes and toolsets such as online document management collaboration and wikis, online issue/task tracking, migration for some NGP products and services to an ITIL Service Desk “triage” model with a much shorter and reasonable response period, and some early adoption of using Agile Project Management techniques to increase output.

In the area of Communications, Xentity provided the following services to the USGS on this contract even slow adoption of new concepts are yielding large benefits. From supporting a few hundred person inaugural The National Map user conference with a very well received brand treatment and event strategies. Conference support also included pre, during, and post event functions such as A/V coordination, feedback mechanism, last-minute event communication product generation, to seeing new social media accounts and other tools as recommended in the product communication sequence plans. Product Leads have received multiple communication training sessions which concepts included coach Influencing/Sales skills to P&S Leads. Consult on visual ID compliance, Advise and consult with the timing, communication paths, relationships, and critical success factors.

User relevancy is critical as prior to 2008, usage was actually on the decline, Search internet on The National Map User Conference which Xentity directly supported in setting up this inaugural event for May 2011 and results of program usership and product access also was observed as much as 3 times, but generally as 25% uptick in usage. Delivery usage post-conference saw a jump in increased usage, which continues to grow.  Delivery Solutions architecture results has continued to see higher usership and relevance to its users, all while not increasing the IT footprint, and in many places decreasing it while increasing service operation qualities.

Geo is more than a dot on the map

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Geo is more than a dot on the map – it is the next progression in information. Xentity has combined the below services for maximizing value of geospatial programs, products, systems, and workforce. We have found common, re-usable, and tailor-able patterns, issues applicable from small to large public and private institutions.

 

Xentity’s staff has been providing geospatial strategy, planning and solution expertise to large public and commercial organizations for the last 15 years. Our goal is to maximize the value of geospatial products, services, systems, technologies and data for our clients and their customers. We have observed, first hand, patterns of critical issues that have hampered our customers’ performance. These issues are found in the Geospatial business areas of Geospatial Planning, Production and Data Lifecycle Management, and Service Delivery as well as in advising the executive or program leadership to manage and execute such complex and complicated changes. 

We have quite a diverse Geospatial Client Portfolio from:

  • Geospatial Government Programs: NGA, DOI, USGS, BLM, EPA, The National Map, Core Science, Indonesia SDI
  • Private Sector: Space Imaging (GeoEye), Intrawest, Denver Metro Utilities, Cloud-based Geospatial CRM

Our approach and expertise has been developed by providing impactful analysis resulting in practical solutions to these patterns. Our proven approach to problem solving encompasses the best practices of management consulting, enterprise architecture planning coupled with geospatial domain knowledge.

Our services in Geospatial services are:

  • Geospatial Planning Analysis Service
  • Geospatial Production and Data Lifecycle Management Analysis
  • Geospatial Service Delivery Analysis
  • Overall Geospatial Strategic and Tactical Management Consulting

Geospatial Planning Analysis Service

Customer Relationship Management: Work with your customers to establish clearly defined needs and the benefits to help you prioritize your efforts and create greater value for your products and services.

  • For the US Geological Survey Land and Remote Sensing program and the National Geospatial Program, Xentity led the development business practice changes that focused on bringing external customer segments to the program planning processes leading to technological and product innovations and improved communications.

Cost Benefits Analysis of Geospatial: Optimizing the value of Geospatial assets is often very complex due to its versatility and diverse uses. Organizations typically have numerous and varied stakeholders with similar requirements to exploit its valuable data and powerful technologies.  Xentity offers executive level planning and advisory services to clients to identify value opportunities, asses its strategic importance and measure subsequent performance.

  • At the US Department of Interior, Xentity provided cost benefit study to establish return on investment for service deployment – analysis yielded 10:1 Benefits.

Data Acquisition and Quality Planning: Align your program data requirements with the available partners, volunteer data, and ensure it flows through the system in an efficient, qualified and cost effective manner. Ensure you retain data in compliance with existing records, archive and use policies. 
  • Developed and implemented several acquisition strategies for the USGS National Geospatial Program that led to improved data quality and long term maintenance for multiple scale datasets.

Funding Planning:  These are challenging economic times that have seen a considerable decrease in government geospatial funds even when the value of geospatial information has not been fully exploited.  Now more than ever it is critical to be able to determine and communicate the value and impact of geospatial activities internally, to your customers and with your executives. 

  • For USGS and use of FGDC CAP Grants, Xentity designed overall acquisition planning model that linked production tracking, multiple purchasing authorities, and locations of existing inventory and purchase targets to help increase ROI on geospatial data acquisition.

Geospatial Production and Data Lifecycle Management Analysis

Concept of Operations Development –Evaluate your existing production processes for new more cost effective ways to move higher volumes of data through the system. Minimize the number of times the data is accessed.

  • For Indonesia BAKOSURTANAL NSDI, Xentity staff designed a shared production Environment across disparate incubating programs. Xentity has done similar work for DOI, BLM, USGS, EPA, and numerous private firms.

GeoData Quality Lifecycle Analysis – Synchronize the sources to increase the integration qualities of the data or to improve the quality (accuracy, currentness) of the data.

  • US National Geospatial Program – using DLCM sourced data from same suppliers to meet multiple program goals and provided consistency to user community.

Geodata Use Preparation – Optimize how to prepare data for service consumption and use as a part of your production flow.

  • BAKOSURTANAL instituted a publishing model where data was integrated across 17 ministries prior to catalog publishing

Service Delivery Analysis

Xentity has provided architectural services to the USGS, DOI and Data.gov on geospatial metadata management, discovery and visualization. We have also conducted information sharing on re-usable information service delivery patterns with multiple agencies and international bodies such as Canada, Australia, and Indonesia

Geospatial Metadata Discovery Architectures – Improve how your data and products are described (metadata) discovered (cataloging), accessed and used in the online world. Integrate your efforts with open government initiatives.

  • For USGS Core Science Systems, amongst 4 major tenets, Xentity created a path/blueprint for moving to integrated clearinghouse and harvest solution integrating sciencebase.gov and an existing metadata clearinghouse. Worked with Geospatial One Stop, Data.gov and USGS Science Base Catalogs in support of digital data delivery.

Geospatial Delivery Application Architecture – Implement standardized application frameworks and specifications to support data access and rapid transition to new products and services or delivery methods.

  • Solution Architecture design for National Geospatial Program and BAKOSURTANAL for data services and delivery.

 Geospatial Delivery Solutions Architecture –Design the access methods for online service delivery or download for all forms of products and services (vector, raster, data file formats, bigdata) through real-time service/stream access for application integration patterns to bulk cloud computing to discovery bigdata search indices with geospatially integrated interpretative signalling

  • USGS delivery, by moving to eCommerce model for products, moving to staged products and improving web service access, architecture and standards for improved application integration has had significant IT cost reduction, and 10% monthly increase use over 4 years in product download and service access.

Geospatial Delivery Prototype & Research Application Development – Our architects and developers have capabilities to bring designs to life. Experts in prototyping and early phase technology selection and demonstration in BigData, Visualization, Modeling, Service, Discovery, Semantics, and informatics solutions.

We blend this with our Agile Project Business Management capabilities for rapid planning, scrum management, sprint planning tracking, and tying back to aforementioned requirements, line of sight, and levels of architecture, and ITIL deployment requirements.

Our goal is to provide services, software tools, and automation procedures to assist in continued appropriate innovation and to keep your research, prototypes, or beta on track.

  • USGS initial The National Map base map development in early research
  • USGS Cloud Migration analysis few dozen pilots in storage, inventory, services, APIs, bigdata, basemaps and more
  • Rapid Prototyping BigData Indices and interpretative signals for millions upon millions of records and complicated discovery requirements replacing traditional RDBMS.
  • Visualization Application stacks and mashup developments in ESRI JS API, CartoDB, OpenLayers, ArcGIS Online, CKAN, Socrata, ESRI GeoDataPortal, PostGIS, Leaflet, GeoServer, and many more JS APIs, map servers, and basemap engines.

Geospatial User-Centered Designs – Improve how your users access your digital data and mapping products and keep them aware as your content changes. Design solutions that have notification models in areas of interest, topically aware, and balance popularity, and other qualities and repeatable patterns unique to geospatial

  • Space Imaging provided spatial notifications to customers based on area, product and intended use criteria

Geospatial Vendor Product Evaluation & Reseller Specialization – Xentity has evaluated many geospatial product lines in geospatial data, production, product generation, service platforms, and applications/APIs. Xentity has capability to evaluate product lines as well as re-sell products.

  • Xentity has evaluated geospatial products, architectures in open-source, COTS, GOTS with and for USGS, GSA, DOI, Salesforce AppExchange company, Denver Metro Utilities Company, and more. See Xentity Partners partners for products Xentity has capability to resell today.

What makes Geospatial so different?

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Two New Videos released

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– “Migrated to Confluence 5.3”

As part of a Mapping Series Video Set, USGS has released two new videos highlighting two of their premier geospatial and mapping products – Elevation and US Topo Maps respectively. For both the videos, Xentity supported the full production lifecycle.

Elevation

US Topo

See other Videos Xentity has supported:

Introduction to the The National Map

The Role of Hydrography in The National Map

Xentity has focused on supporting communicating change and transformation results or roadmaps via story form. We have focused on new mediums tied with traditional mediums as a way to help better reach key stakeholders – citizens, legislators, business, government users, and partners. These simple stories can show and explain the value of complex programs products, services, solutions, and systems that powerpoints, whitepapers, or multiple conferences cannot achieve. As well, these mediums have helped convey messages, even during times of pressures to reduce travel.

This technique leverages Xentity’s investment since 2006 in the co-brand Flip Flop Production service which has an end-to-end video production lifecycle approach, quality, highly experienced staff and partners, and full studio capabilities. Xentity has made this investment due to a strong belief that architecture change or transformation efforts can succeed in implementing, but fail in conveying its message. Xentity is proud to support clients, such as the USGS, in creating these key messages in support of conveying the product and service value of their program.

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://www.xentity.com