Design

Data & Technology Solution Design

  • Solution Architecture and Design
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Product Standards and Design
  • Data-Driven Program Redesign Labs
  • Temporal and Geospatial Data Flow Analysis
  • Data Science R&D, Project Transition Planning Development

You are leading your organization to become more flexible, drive down cost, reduce cycle time, improve services all while introducing the right-level of innovation and organization. But, technology has changed, and the world is faster, flatter, and bigger. Sensors were once toys for scientists and spies. Information Systems used to be for internal management. Now we have powerful computing, amazing sensors, and more and more data available everywhere on the web – for good and bad. All these data and technology disruptions are instantaneously core to your business, your science, your program.

So you invest. And wait. The outcomes are not there. The costs have crept up. Something has to give. You are doing much more with way less. Your staff are stretched thin. Big-Bang initiatives have 90% failure rate. You need to adapt. You need an approach and support that uses proven flexible methods, rolls out in chunks, and increases adoption.

Improving the Management of Information Technology (IT) Acquisitions and Operations. Congress has passed legislation and the administration has undertaken numerous initiatives to better manage IT investments. Nonetheless, federal IT investments too frequently fail to be completed or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes. GAO has found that the federal government spent billions of dollars on failed and poorly performing IT investments which often suffered from ineffective management, such as project planning, requirements definition, and program oversight and governance. Over the past 5 years, GAO made more than 730 recommendations; however, only about 23 percent had been fully implemented as of January 2015.

- http://bit.ly/itgao

Data Product Standards and Design


  • Community of Use Analysis
  • Product Management and Engineering Requirements
  • Pre-product considerations,
  • Architecture and Concept of Operations Impacts
  • Market Analysis
  • Competitor Analysis
  • New product and service assessment
  • Product definition
  • Requirements Specification
  • Agile Project Management
  • Standards Testbed Definition
  • Consortium and Governance Analysis Support

Data-Driven Program Redesign Services

Break out discrete parts of the architecture

  • Agile Project Initiation Planning Support
  • Business Strategy Development
  • Business Process Analysis
  • Capabilities Assessment
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Business Transition Planning
  • Business Solution Design
  • Data and Information Design
  • Business Modernization Blueprint and Implementation
  • Custom Lab Services

Solution Architecture

Connect Strategy, Process, Product, Services, and Organizational Design with the Data, Hardware, Software

  • Data Integration
  • Service Delivery
  • Visualization, Search  and Discovery
  • Data Accessibility
  • Data and Product delivery
  • Service Design and Management
  • Data Platforms
  • Geospatial Platforms
  • Cloud IaaS Migrations
  • Web Services
  • GIS
  • Catalogs
  • SEO
  • Data-Driven Workflow
  • Warehouse
  • Business Intelligence
  • BigData

Data Architecture Transformation


  • Develop Business Service Architecture
  • Define Reference Models
  • Establish/Improve Foundational EA
  • Perform Business Transformation
  • Transition Plan
  • Recommendation Sequence Planning
  • Support Architecture Implementation
  • Technical Architecture Assessments And Design
  • Establish/Improve Communication Plan

Enterprise Architecture Services


  • Establish/Improve EA Program Plan
  • Support Enterprise Planning
  • Establish/Improve/Support Program Management Office and Compliance Activities
  • Establish/Improve Business Transformation Service
  • Establish/Improve/Support EA Governance
  • Establish/Improve Communication Plan
  • Establish/Improve EA Information Management (Collection, Maintain, Reporting)
  • Establish/Improve/Support EA Business Intelligence
  • Establish/Improve/Support Communication Plan
  • Establish/Improve/Support EA Information Management (Collection, Maintain, Reporting)

Solution Architecture

Connect Strategy, Process, Product, Services, and Organizational Design with the Data, Hardware, Software

  • Data Integration
  • Service Delivery
  • Visualization, Search  and Discovery
  • Data Accessibility
  • Data and Product delivery
  • Service Design and Management
  • Data Platforms
  • Geospatial Platforms
  • Cloud IaaS Migrations
  • Web Services
  • GIS
  • Catalogs
  • SEO
  • Data-Driven Workflow
  • Warehouse
  • Business Intelligence
  • BigData

Data Science Research

Exploring New Data Patterns, Platforms, Models, Technologies, Uses, and Applications

  • Data Visualization Prototypes, Modeling, Simulation, Integration, Warehouse, Search Signals
  • Data Wrangling, Algorithm Development, Data Analysis, Scaling Analysis, Capacity Planning
  • Can place-based and geospatial data themes, products and services be demonstrated in business cases to truly impact all areas of business – for earth-based issues to enterprise resources to social science? 
  • What is the right level of progression for metadata programs to enter into improved discovery. What is the investment balance of moving into semantic web models or interpretative signals and machine learning?
  • Do we understand national and industry datasets butterfly effect to guide strategic national or corporate investment in maturing data strategically?
  • How can we accelerate the induction of supply chain management concepts proven for decades in capital investment and industrial engineering into data science and data management?
  • How to take crowdsourcing to next maturity of game theory to not only enhance data, but increase the quality output of data and reducing the energy?

Project Transition Planning Development

Moving The big ideas into the work plans, annual budgets, and tying to the strategic outcomes

  • Project Management Office Design
  • PMO Support
  • PMO Dashboard Tracking Development
  • Portfolio Management
  • Planning Workshops
  • Enterprise Planning Integration
  • Capital Planning
  • Investment Control
  • Project Management Support
  • Agile Project Scrum Master
  • EVM Reporting
  • Quality Assurance Surveillance Planning
  • Facilitation
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Agile Training

Our methodology and training focuses transformation leadership.

The methodology work we developed has been recognized and adopted as Federal Government best practices by the U.S. OMB.

Leadership that can help improve customer effectiveness and efficiency by proactively managing risk and delivering results through strong, facilitated execution or increase relevancy and economics of existing or new product lines and services.  In working with customers, Xentity provides integrated oversight of the parts that need to be connected, understood, and communicated prior to significant investment.  This approach enables Xentity to understand value opportunities and risk, determine mitigation strategies, and support customer awareness on how to realize recommendations.  Once decisions and investments have been made, Xentity utilizes strong communication and project management skills to facilitate change. The methodology work we developed has been recognized and adopted as Federal Government best practices by the U.S. OMB.

We have blogged in the past on over twenty patterns or anti-patterns where architecture and governance can help. Also, please review our Blog Post on “Why We exist?” that further describes why we chose these concepts.

In short, these concepts stem from looking External Pressure Trends observed in working with our executive clients. To some, this may seem a bit dramatic, but consider the following factors happening globally: World Population 2x in a generation, Looming U.S. brain drain, Legacy Physical Resources reaching limits, Sensationalizing without context to masses, Rapidly Changing consumption patterns, Faster, Global Transactions, Moore’s Law too fast?, Shorter Term Policy, Misaligned Investment, Data Analysis Obsession, The call for too much or wrong data and Longer Term Impacts, Longer Time to Market.

Whatever the size, we can customize an engagement to meet your data challenge

Whether strategic or tactical, short or long-term, project or program, we can customize our engagements to suit your needs

  • 1 to 2 month – Demonstrate immediate value in agile workshop, sprints, and alternative analysis
  • 3 to 6 months – Execute tactical or strategic analysis or project implementation
  • 6 to 12 month – Execute Projects from definition,  design, development, transition and rollout
  • Ongoing – Support ongoing advisory, analysis, re-engineering, improvement, development, or operations