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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

Posted in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNews

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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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    TRAK Receives an INCOSE 2010 Working Group Award

    by Nic Plum on Wednesday 13 April, 2011 - 14:56 GMT

    Posted in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNews

    Tags: awardeventincoselondonsystems engineeringteam

    INCOSE 2010 Working Group Award for 'Achieving the Systems Vision'

    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 therefore a pleasant surprise when an email popped up with a screenshot of an INCOSE working group award.

    To put this in some context, INCOSE state:

    The Working Group Awards and Recognition Program rewards efforts and achievements by individual or multiple Working Groups in support of INCOSE’s mission. By focusing on the Working Groups, it specifically recognises team effort. It does not replace existing awards, such as Service Awards.

    All Working Groups that have approved charters under Technical Operations are eligible to receive awards under the Working Group Awards and Recognition Program. Not all awards are awarded every year. The Awards recognise exemplary Working Group activities in specific areas:

    and it is in the following context that TRAK received the award:

    Achieving the Systems Engineering Vision award is presented to the Working Group that has made the most significant contribution toward achieving the Systems Engineering Vision 2020.

    Kuldeep, Colin and I received the award on behalf of TRAK at a Railway Interest Group (RIG) meeting in London, collecting it from the president-elect of INCOSE, John Thomas on his recent trip to the UK.

    Presentation of INCOSE 2010 Working Group Award to TRAK by John Thomas (president elect for INCOSE) at LU headquarters.

    Presentation of INCOSE 2010 Working Group Award to TRAK by John Thomas (president elect for INCOSE) at LU Headquarters. (Photograph © London Underground Ltd 2011)

    TRAK has always been about more than just the definition of a general purpose enterprise architecture framework - it’s as much about how it’s released and managed and maintained throughout its life and the interface and dynamics presented to users in doing so. We try hard to do this using in the way that you’d specify and manage any system so it’s doubly-nice to get recognition from the professional body that represents systems engineering.

    The keener eyed will spot some advice being given from the INCOSE UK Architecture Working Group via feature and bug requests at the Sourceforge sites through which TRAK is released. I should stress that we’re always keen to encourage input and interaction from anyone - you don’t have to be part of a company or large organisation.

     

     

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      Integrated EA 2011 - Draft Programme Released

      by Nic Plum on Sunday 21 November, 2010 - 13:27 GMT

      Posted in Architecture FrameworkDODAFMODAFNAFTRAKNews

      Tags: conferenceintegrated ealondon

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      A list of the presentations/topics and speakers has been released for Integrated EA 2011 to be held on 1st and 2nd March 2011 in London.

      The list from the Integrated EA site - http://integrated-ea.com/programme:

      Tuesday, 1st March 2011

      KEYNOTE Air Commodore Mark Neal

      EA on the front-line – Support to Op Herrick
      Matthew Rapier, Enterprise Architect, VEGA

      Enterprise Architecture: Generating the European conversation
      Steve Pybus, CEng MIET, Manager Roadmap & Strategic Planning, NATS
      Allen Clarke, CEng MBCS, Senior Enterprise Architect, NATS

      Enterprise architecture beyond IT: An Australian view
      Tom Graves, Principal Consultant, Tetradian Consulting

      Leveraging DoDAF 2.0 in the DoD Enterprise
      Michael Wayson, Architecture and Infrastructure Directorate, OASD (NII) / DoD CIO
      Dave McDaniel, Silver Bullet Solutions, Inc

      System of Systems Challenges in the Capability Lifecycle – a Joint MoD/Industry Enterprise Approach
      Malcolm Touchin, Principal Consultant, SEIC
      David Camm, Deputy Head, Engineering, UK MOD SEIG

      Schemas, Categories and Perspectives. What Psychology can bring to Enterprise Architecture
      Colonel Luigi Gregori, MOD CIO Deputy Head (Policy)
      Kathryn Pimblett. Psychologist, DSTL

      Panel Session

      Drinks Reception

      Wednesday, 2nd March 2011

      KEYNOTE Brigadier Alan Clacher

      Comparing EA in Defence and Financial Services
      Neil Peachey, Independent Enterprise Architecture Consultant

      Panel Session: Governance: Getting the Policy Balance Right
      Panellists:
      Mikael Hagenbo, Head of Architecture, Swedish Armed Forces (moderator)
      Steve Winter, Chief Technologist & Strategic Advisor, NATS
      Neil Peachey, Independent Enterprise Architecture Consultant
      Representative from Vega

      Title to be confirmed
      Duncan Kemp, Lead Systems Engineer, Transport for London

      EA for Unity of Defence Vision and Action
      Robert Damashek, Chief Architect, Binary Group

      What is a service? A forensic approach to developing a common understanding of Service across business and IT.
      Chris Partridge, Chief Ontologist, BORO Solutions Limited

      Managing risk and cost with an EA approach
      Dr Joe Silmon, Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham
      Dr Mike Brownsword, Consulting Engineer, ATEGO

      As ever it looks to be a varied and lively selection of topics. A lot of different architecture frameworks being represented - obviously MODAF and DODAF have featured many times over the history of this conference but it looks as though TRAK will be covered from a customer perspective by Duncan Kemp of the Department for Transport and from industry and academia by Joe Silmon and Mike Brownsword. Interesting also to see that Tom Graves of Tetradian has managed to sneak in - always worth listening to in his efforts to try and get enterprise architecture to be broader than its traditional IT-centric beginnings.

      Keeping my fingers crossed that the ‘SoS’ term in the presentation from the SEIG is an appropriate reference to things that are unique to an arrangement of systems rather than to the more general ‘system’.

      Should be well worth going to.

      Anyone willing to share what they’re looking forwards to or hoping to get out of this conference?

       

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