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ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010:2011, Systems and software engineering—Architecture Description Released

by Nic Plum on Friday 11 November, 2011 - 11:45 GMT

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Just received news from Rich Hilliard via the IEEE 1471 Users List (to become the “ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 Users List):

Today I was notified that IEEE P42010 was approved as a revised standard by the IEEE-SA Standards Board on 31 October 2011.

This standard replaces IEEE 1471:2000 and is identical to the ISO standard approved in July with 21 approvals and 0 disapprovals from member bodies.

The new standard, designated ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010:2011, Systems and software engineering—Architecture description, is available from IEEE and ISO.

The IEEE 1471 website will become the ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 website.

The old website will redirect to the new URL which is:

Looking at the website I noticed

Per IEEE rules: An approved IEEE standard will remain active for   ten years. If the Sponsor does not complete a revision process   within ten years, the standard will be transferred to inactive   status.

Curious to know whether this means a standard has to be revised or whether the requirement is simply to review - it might still be a perfectly good standard even if it hasn’t been revised since the decision might be on review that it’s good enough.

Having to say ISO/IEC/IEEE every time is a bit of a mouthfull and therefore inevitably will be shortened in everyday use. Is there an acceptable shortform(s) e.g. ISO 42010, IEC 42010 and IEEE 42010? It’s unlikely in speech that the full qualification will be used.


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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

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IET Innovation Award 2011 Finalist

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 Management category. It wasn’t easy to submit since it didn’t easily fit any of the categories against which judging was to be made. This is an all-too typical problem for systems engineering itself, for example under which subject category in a bookshop do you look for systems engineering books?

The IET’s judging criteria for the Asset Management category is:

The judges will look for originality and will place significant emphasis on the contribution made to whole life asset management, risk management and the impact on business performance.  Other factors include progress with implementation, integration into the business and the contribution to asset knowledge.

Last Friday (23rd September) the response came back:

I am delighted to inform you that your entry “TRAK - An Open Source Enterprise Architecture Framework”, reference 0383 has been selected as a finalist for the Asset Management category of the IET Innovation Awards 2011.

It was extremely competitive, with over 400 entries to the awards, but the judges felt that your innovation was amongst the best.

The finalists are listed on the IET Innovation Awards website.

Awards will be announced on 9th November at the Intercontinental Hotel in London.

The IET Innovation Awards 2011 will be hosted by Robert Llewellyn, actor, writer and presenter best known for playing the role of ‘Kryten’ in the hit science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf.

We’ve always thought of TRAK as innovative not just in the product and its definition but in the approach and how it is managed. It’s nice to know that people that are independent think this as well!


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Conformance Assessment vs ISO/IEC 42010:2011

by Nic Plum on Thursday 22 September, 2011 - 12:59 GMT

Posted in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNewsStandards

Tags: complianceconformanceieeeisoiso42010standardtrak

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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 eliminate the variability and anarchy it isn’t much use to be partly compliant (any more than claiming to be partly pregnant). You either do or don’t conform. The hard work put in by those that try to conform to the standard is undermined by those that claim conformance but don’t actually conform.

I’m pleased to be able to say that TRAK has agreed to take part in a pilot against an official ‘conformance assessment instrument’ prototype that is being developed against ISO/IEC 42010:2011 which is soon to be jointly published by both the IEEE and ISO. The conformance instrument applies to Architecture Frameworks, Architecture Description Languages and Architecture Descriptions.

As ever I’m sure the assessment and feedback will benefit both sides in refining and sharpening up the documentation. These are early days and no doubt some ideas still need to be worked through, hence the pilot using the prototype conformance instrument.

I’m quietly confident with respect to TRAK itself (time will tell!) but more importantly it will be useful to have an independent assessment of any claim to conformity whereas the current situation allows any Tom, Dick or Harry to claim conformity with impunity and where no sanctions can be applied. I look forwards to this situation being changed.


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