Matt Tricomi, Chief Architect, President

In October 2001, Mr. Tricomi founded Xentity which is a Data-First Technology Consulting 8(a) Firm with the emphasis on putting the I back in IT and GIS. This emphasis helps balance the technology progressions in compute, data movement, and data storage with a focus on the data lifecycle from data acquisition through production and product generation to delivery and discovery services to achieve the knowledge and information outcomes.  In short: avoiding Garbage In, Garbage Out.

This core premise started well over ten years again when Matt was part of the award-winning and highly recognized Enterprise Architecture support for the Department of the Interior (DOI EA). The team led blueprints and agency-wide information management using a new Segment Architecture approach that the team co-developed. The approach was called a Methodology for Business Transformation (MBT) later became the core for OMB’s updated architecture methods in 2008.

This approach allows teams to address technology advancement, data maturity, and programmatic change with both the enterprise CIO and unique mission transformation needs in a clear line of sight. This helped avoid EA’s traditional march towards an MIS and IT solution, without understanding the value of the mission knowledge or information products being produced – especially in a more complex, evolving technological and knowledge-seeking landscape. With this approach, Matt balances support for Enterprise CIO initiatives leveraging its unique Denver HQ advantage to having subject matter experts in large “earth agency” data programs in Natural Resource, Earth Science, Energy Exploration, Transportation, Wlidland Fire Management, and Recreation.

Example Body of work in Open Data, geospatial data, remote sensing data, big data, data visualization, crowdsourcing, cloud migration, enterprise metadata, and mission data lifecycle:

  • CIO and CDO Support at DOI, all bureaus, USDA, USGS, State-level in New York, Colorado, Illinois, more in Enterprise Architecture, Organizational Design, Agency Cloud Migration, ACA Data Architecture, Solution Architecture, Agile Project Management,, and Geospatial Data Warehouse respectively.
  • Well known for our work in dozens of high visibility geospatial architectures and solutions at USGS Geospatial and Core Science, DOI, USDA Forest Service, EPA Geoplatform, CDC, BLM, Indonesia,, migration, 2.0, FGDC, and NSF EarthCube Architecture.
  • Data and GIS Analysis and Solutions Water Utilities, Engineering Firms, Counties, Private Firms, Recreation Firms, NARA, Navy, and NYC Mayors Office in support of Water Rights, Snow Risk Avalanche analysis, Open Data Support and Statewide Challenges, Geospatial Cloud Re-engineering, NextGen 911 Geospatial Design, and developing cloud-based and mobile BI solutions.

Prior to founding Xentity, Matt was an architect and software engineer at Sapient on dozens of uber-sized mission-critical systems such as in energy (Southern Natural Gas), travel (United Airlines), financial, and education (Sallie Mae).

Matt holds a B.S. in Computer Science with Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and continues to seek collaboration opportunities with WPI in Robotics, Big Data Architectures, and Business Transformation. Outside of his work, his wife and sons are his world.



Project Highlights

  • NSF EarthCube Architecture Advisory – 2016-
  • NYC CARTO BI Mayors office 2015-
  • CDC TomTom Geospatial Product & Services – 2013-
  • State of Colorado Open Data Management – 2013-
  • USGS OEI Information Tech. & Management Strategy and Services 2014-
  • Software CARTO Geospatial Platform Redesign – 2014-
  • State of Illinois ArcGIS Geospatial Data Warehouse Integration 2015
  • BLM WO-300 Minerals & Land Management Transformation Architecture 2015-
  • VA Alaskan Services Promotion 2013-2014
  • USDA Forest Service GIO Support, Defining Geospatial Roles & Responsibilities – 2015
  • State of Colorado Geospatial Architecture Consulting – 2015-
  • EPA GeoPlatform, Supporting Conceptual Architecture to Mission Rollout, 2013-
  • Multiple Water Utility Water Rights Lead Analyst and Geospatial SME – 2013-
  • Canadian Avalanche GIS/Risk Management System Assessment – 2013
  • USGS Core [Geo]Science Systems Efficiencies Team Blueprint, 2012-2013
    • NARA Oracle Database Performance and NoSQL R&D – 2013-2014
  • USGS Land Remote Sensing Program Architect 2012-
  • Open Geospatial Consortium Voting Member of Open Web Services Context Standard, Design, Research, and OWS-9 Testbed 2012-
  • Migration and Conceptual Architecture – 2010-20122010 – and Conceptual Architecture and Solution Architecture Project Requirements working with GSA, FGDC, USGS based on open methods resulting in open-source
    • Indonesia NSDI Geospatial Architecture Consulting – 2009
  • Enterprise Solutions Architect for USGS National Geospatial Programs Office May 2007-20142007-2014, Lead Solution Architect, Contractor, Multiple Awards, Geospatial Architecture for USGS National Geospatial Program and Core Science Systems. USGS National Geospatial Program, Solution Architect, Project Manager. Resulted in rebirth of the NGP program services, external presence, and management controls including introducing, designing, and implementing Web 2.0 delivery model, introducing Business Transformation methods and practice, Agile, IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Service Management, COBIT, and other best practices aligned with PMBOK and USGS SLC as well as a more Science and DOI stakeholder driven program.
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  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Computer Science, B.S. 1997, with distinction

Role or Appointments

  • 2007-2014, Lead Solution Architect, Contractor, Multiple Awards, Geospatial Architecture for USGS National Geospatial Program and Core Science Systems
    • 2012 – USGS Core [Geo]Science Systems Efficiencies Team Blueprint, 2012, Ben Wheeler, Matt Tricomi
    • 2011 – USGS National Geospatial Program, Geospatial Cloud Pilot Research Architecture
    • 2010 – and Conceptual Architecture and Solution Architecture Requirements working with GSA, FGDC, USGS based on open methods resulting in open-source
    • 2007 –Geospatial Service Delivery Blueprint & Solution Architecture based on FSAM/MBT resulting in major redesign, new capabilities, and very large cost savings for National Geospatial Program extending based on previous 2009 Short-Term Geospatial Service Delivery Tactical Blueprint resulting in new geo delivery architecture for program with major usage increase.
    • Open Geospatial Consortium Voting Member of Open Web Services Context Standard, Design, Research, and OWS-9 Testbed
  • 2003-2007, Enterprise Architect for award-winning Dept. of the Interior E.A. Program
  • 2001-Present, Chief Architect, Xentity Corporation
  • 1997-2001, Solutions Engineer & Architect, Sapient Corporation

Selected Awards

  • 2013 – CIO Review – Top 20 Most Promising Government Consulting Company
  • 2006 – E-Gov Institute’s ‘Excellence in Enterprise Architecture’ Award for DOI Enterprise Architecture
  • 2005 – Government Computer News -Rated DOI’S Data Management as “Best Practice”
  • 2005 – OMB Cited Department of the Interior Enterprise Architecture Program as #1 among 25 Federal Agencies
  • 1999 – Gomez Advisor, Industry Web Award – Project as eCommerce Solution Architect

Selected Publications

  • 2011 – USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), Geospatial Web Services Integration,
  • 2009-Present, USGS CDI, Geo Web Application Framework Research Lead for Technical Stack
  • 2008 – OMB Federal Segment Architecture Methodology, cites MBT, Step 4 Solution Architecture
  • 2006 – Methodology for Business Transformation (MBT) – Department of the Interior 2006,
  • 2005- DOI Geospatial Services Blueprint – Department of the Interior July, 2007, Arch. Analyst
  • 2006 – Association of Enterprise Architecture Journal Publication cites MBT and DOI EA program, Tricomi, Barrett, Colleen Coggins, Spiegel, Collins
  • 1997 – Major Qualifying Thesis at WPI: MQP21 Matthew Tricomi, “Design of an Intelligent Structure”, under Prof. Michael Gennert, WPI; Conducted at WPI and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, Computer Science Department – Real-Time sensor integration architecture, analog-to-digital conversion, decision for actuating actuate shape memory alloys. Resulting Patent # 6170202 , Building system using shape memory alloy members, (1/9/2001 App: 09/095,897 ; Filed: June 11, 1998)