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TRAK is a Finalist in the 2011 IET Innovation Awards

by Nic Plum on Monday 26 September, 2011 - 12:14 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNews and tagged with awardietinnovationinstitutelondonnewstrak 

TRAK is a finalist in the 2011 IET Innovation Awards. As the IET say: The IET Achievement Awards recognise the exceptional achievements of individuals working in the engineering and technology profession, from the well-known scientist to the fledgling engineer. It was judged under the IET’s Asset ... [Read full article]

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Conformance Assessment vs ISO/IEC 42010:2011

by Nic Plum on Thursday 22 September, 2011 - 12:59 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNewsStandards and tagged with complianceconformanceieeeisoiso42010standardtrak 

It’s very hard when everyone seems to be claiming conformance with ISO/IEC 42010 to establish whether the claims are true. All too often we get ‘partly compliant with ’ which means what exactly? As a standard trying to get standardisation in the field of architecture description and trying to ... [Read full article]

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A MODAF Architecture Description Only Applies to a ‘System of Systems’?

by Nic Plum on Thursday 22 September, 2011 - 12:29 GMT in Architecture FrameworkMODAF and tagged with 1.2.004architecture descriptiondefinitionm3sossystem of systems 

In the MODAF metamodel (M3) v 1.2.004 we have: ArchitecturalDescription : public <<stereotype>> class A specification of a system of systems at a technical level which also provides the business context for the system of systems. This definition of an architecture description has been unchanged ... [Read full article]

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Assessment of the Suitability of an ADL (UML, ArchiMate et al) to Represent TRAK Viewpoints/Views

by Nic Plum on Friday 16 September, 2011 - 11:19 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKStandards and tagged with adlarchitecture description languagearchitecture frameworkimplementationsolutionspreadsheettemplatetrakuml 

ADLs and Architecture Frameworks Any architecture description language, e.g. UML, BPMN, ArchiMate potentially can be used to represent the views in any architecture framework. Whether they can or not depends on whether they have the necessary concepts/entities to suit those in the architecture ... [Read full article]

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Improving Consistency for Tools - ‘TRAK. Implementation. Architecture Description Elements’ Document

by Nic Plum on Monday 05 September, 2011 - 15:03 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKTools and tagged with architecture descriptionconsistencydocumentexchangeimplementsolutionstandardtool 

There is a constant need to reduce the scope for inconsistency in any architecture description. TRAK is no different. TRAK has been defined in a way that is free of implementation and using natural language wherever possible. One of the pitfalls of this is the possibility that names will be ... [Read full article]

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Things that You Think That Are Going to be Simple Never Are

by Nic Plum on Friday 19 August, 2011 - 14:48 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKTools and tagged with applescriptapplicationbugdevelopdrawingimplementipadmacomnigraffleopensourcesourceforgestencilsupporttooltrak 

This is a bit of a tale, and not an unusual one at that. It concerns the development of a stencil for the Omni Group’s OmniGraffle drawing application which is available for both Mac and iPad. I’m a long time user of OmniGraffle Pro (at least 8 years) as well the the Mac (still have my original Mac ... [Read full article]

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TRAK Receives an INCOSE 2010 Working Group Award

by Nic Plum on Wednesday 13 April, 2011 - 14:56 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNews and tagged with awardeventincoselondonsystems engineeringteam 

TRAK benefits from a lot of effort put in by a group of people who do this because they believe in it and have the motivation to get stuck in. A lot of this is invisible behind the scenes work and it is all unpaid. I can’t deny that it is nice, however, when this effort is recognised. It was ... [Read full article]

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NATO AF v3.1 - Is It Now Time to Merge MODAF and the NATO AF?

by Nic Plum on Friday 25 February, 2011 - 15:45 GMT in Architecture FrameworkMODAFNAFStandards and tagged with meaningmodafnafnatoviewviewpoint 

The NATO Architecture Framework (NAF) has been around for many years now. It has been on a convergence path with MODAF from version 3 (released in November 2007) and the latest version, 3.1 appears to be even more closely aligned with MODAF than ever. I say ‘appears’ since there is only 1 part - ... [Read full article]

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Keep Clear Separation Between the Concerns that Each Architecture View Addresses

by Nic Plum on Thursday 10 February, 2011 - 13:48 GMT in Architecture FrameworkDODAFMODAFNAFStandards and tagged with dodafiso42010modafnafnatopurposesolutionstakeholder concernstructureviewpoint 

ISO/IEC 42010 advocates or, more likely, is predicated on the assumption that an architecture description of a complex system needs many architecture views. Each describes the real world architecture and addresses a different set or concerns or questions posed. The typical concerns each view ... [Read full article]

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New Revision (“The ISO 42010 Mix”) of TRAK Released

by Nic Plum on Friday 21 January, 2011 - 16:37 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNewsStandards and tagged with architecture descriptiondefinitionincoseiso42010standardtrakviewpoint 

Just managed to shovel the last part of the documents that defines TRAK into cyberspace last night. The main purpose of the revision is to anticipate the likely requirements from ISO/IEC 42010 expected to be released under a slightly new name during 2011. There are quite a few changes to the ISO ... [Read full article]

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