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This presentation provides an overview regarding a new paradigm for managing systems integration and enterprise IT capability - Semantic Systems Integration (SSI).

This presentation provides an overview regarding a new paradigm for managing systems integration and enterprise IT capability - Semantic Systems Integration (SSI).

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Introduction - Purpose
    • This presentation is meant to provide an overview for a new IT solutions model – Semantic Systems Integration (SSI) .
    • Section 1 - We will first highlight why traditional Systems Integration approaches are not working.
    • Section 2 - We will then introduce the concept of Semantic Systems Integration both as a solution methodology and set of technical services or capabilities.
    • Section 3 - Finally, we will illustrate how it can be applied to any IT Domain.
    Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 3. About Semantech Inc. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
    • Semantech Inc. is a small, woman-owned business founded in 2007. The company is located near Dayton, Ohio. Since our inception we have supported clients in a variety of industries nationwide.
    • Our charter is to provide enterprise-level solutions and to develop innovative approaches to better solve IT’s most troubling problems.
    • Our underlying premise is founded upon the realization that traditional IT is largely an exercise in Chaotic Semantics . The unification of process, logic and data is Semantic Integration .
  • 4. Primary Business Application
    • Semantech Inc. was created with the Federal IT market in mind. Our initial focus has been Defense and Homeland Security.
    • While we believe that the premise for Semantic Systems Integration is applicable in any industry, our unique experience in the Federal market space positions us well for that market.
    • Of the top 50 US Defense Contractors, more than 40 are self-described “Systems Integrators.”
    • Nearly 26% of Federal Government contracts are set aside for Small Businesses .
    Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 5. Thought Leadership Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
    • Semantech Inc. has already developed a number of cutting-edge IT practices and services including Semantic Systems Integration, Architecture Fusion, Comprehensive Cyber Security and Intelligent Healthcare.
    • This thought Leadership is grounded firmly in problem-resolution ; in other words each innovation is created specifically to address a long-standing IT challenge.
    • Our ability to think on our feet is also applied at the engagement level – this gives us a unique level of flexibility which in turn reduces project risk.
  • 6. An Innovation Framework At Semantech Inc., Innovation is not a mandate, it’s our passion… Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 7. Section 1: The Problem with Tradition System Integration Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 8. Why IT Projects Fail Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
    • IT projects have a notoriously high failure rate. If we examine projects which involve significant levels of Systems Integration, those failure rates increase.
    • This is not opinion – it has been documented in 100’s of studies. System Integration tends to be the most costly portion of any IT budget or any particular IT project.
    • Worst of all, this track record is only likely to get worse as enterprise complexity rises and the quantity of data continues to rise exponentially. Traditional Systems Integration is simply not designed to solve today’s challenges. It must evolve…
  • 9. Expectations vs. Performance Expectations are growing further out of alignment with enterprise IT support as personal technologies accelerate while larger scale solutions bog down. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 10. Problem 1 - Complexity
    • Systems Integration is a discipline that was developed with more specific parameters in mind – in the past “systems” represented directed rather than holistic capabilities.
    • Since the 1990’s, what we’ve needed to manage instead are “ Systems of Systems ” or IT ecosystems. Integration within this new context is exponentially more complex using only traditional techniques.
    • Traditional techniques for system integration cannot be effectively automated, they are not scalable or flexible – they weren’t developed for the current problem set.
    Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 11. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. The Enterprise Program Management Office (PMO) is generally charged with managing complexity. Today’s system integration requires management integration as well… The PMO Manages Complexity
  • 12. Problem 2 - Methodology
    • There is no consistent methodology across industry for systems integration. CMMI or the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute Capability Maturity Model for Integration , was developed for software development and then adapted to integration. It was not built as a systems integration discipline and not built with enterprise integration in mind.
    • More often than not systems integration is viewed as a corollary activity to other goals, such as software development or software deployment. Building or deploying software into stovepipes is in fact where most of the costs in IT eventually result from.
    • Current practice fails to recognize and harness the synergies between architectures.
    Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 13. Stakeholder Methodology Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Most current systems integration approaches fail to properly recognize or harness stakeholder knowledge or participation. This adds tremendous risk to projects…
  • 14. Problem 3 – Technical Focus
    • The single biggest technical flaw with current systems integration techniques is the notion that data has to be standardized before integration can occur.
    • This assumption leads to tremendous expense, few successes and a general inability to prepare for the mass quantities of data now becoming available – both from within any given enterprise and from without.
    • Data exchange and interoperability represent the heart of systems integration. Application integration builds atop that foundation – however this is difficult to achieve if each integration activity is managed as its own project rather than as part of the system itself.
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  • 15. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Section 2: The Promise of Semantic Systems Integration
  • 16. Semantic System Integration
    • Semantic Systems Integration is a Methodology, a Philosophy for 21st Century Federated Systems Integration and an IT solutions practice.
    • Semantech Inc. is a Systems Integrator (SI). Our company is not solely dedicated to deploying software. We support the entire IT enterprise. We engineer solutions for the enterprise.
    • Semantech Inc. also provides integration oversight or IV &V [Independent Verification & Validation].
    • Our methodology is based upon a rapid capability deployment paradigm.
    Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 17. Semantic Systems Integration Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Semantic Systems Integration is an evolutionary approach to systems integration and encompasses the following elements:
      • Semantic Foundation
      • Data Alignment
      • Process Alignment
      • Application Alignment
      • Capability Assurance
    Semantic Systems Integration is expressed both through linear (Logical) and recursive (Agile) Lifecycles. It is understood the Lifecycles are continuous, thus Lifecycle management stays in place, supporting evolutionary improvements without incurring transformational costs.
  • 18. Linear Lifecycle View Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 19. Agile Lifecycle View Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 20. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. SSI Reference Model
  • 21. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. An SSI Methodology
    • IT project teams don’t always fully exploit the resources available. Diversified teams can however, cover multiple related objectives at the same time.
    • The Semantech Inc. methodology takes advantage of Federated Project Teams so that IT projects can be deployed as integrated increments.
    • Incremental Integration allows for continuous assessments of project health. The SSI methodology employs governance and maturity, but makes it Agile .
    • Process, Data and System Reconciliation requires special attention and dedicated technology to conduct – our approach optimizes this…
  • 22. Governance Methodology Governance is a Lifecycle of Lifecycles – data and process make it truly traceable. The question is whether this process needs to be burdensome or can be made Agile… Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 23. Solution Maturity Assessments Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. A Maturity Matrix represents an excellent guidepost – but it cannot be written in stone. It too will evolve, so it shouldn’t take years to get certified on what you were doing years ago…
  • 24. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. The Semantic Connection
    • Semantic Technology and Semantic Web Standards were developed with one very special recognition in mind – All systems and systems are related – through linguistics.
    • Data representations, programming languages, internet protocols are all symbolic notations – some more akin to mathematics and others to natural language.
    • Why invent new ways to translate between dialects on every unique project, in every IT department when we could instead direct every translation everywhere using the same set of agreed upon rules?
  • 25.
    • While Semantic Systems Integration exploits Semantic Technology to achieve its aims, it’s not dependent on any given software package.
    • This approach to systems integration is a rules-based methodology, one that builds upon collaboration both locally and globally, thus allowing for exploitation of data and capability in the “Cloud.”
    • Most importantly, we now have a foundation that for first the first time ever, allows us to manage System of Systems environments. This scales perfectly to Cross Domain situations. Semantic Systems Integration is designed from the ground up for Today’s Challenges .
    Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. The Semantic Advantage
  • 26. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Section 3: The Model for Business Exploitation of SSI
  • 27. Semantic Integration & Enterprise IT Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Semantic Systems Integration lends itself perfectly to coordination and reconciliation of global initiatives and large-scale system of systems environments.
  • 28. Semantic Systems Integration can also be used for program coordination and can be applied to any functional domain, such as Healthcare Technology… Flexible Business Model Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 29. Semantic Systems Integration is well-suited for high profile opportunities such as Cyber Security & Biosurveillance . High Profile Solutions Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 30. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Semantech SSI Practices
    • The Semantic Systems Integration is both a solutions framework and a business model for managing systems integration for the 21 st century.
    • Semantech Inc. is one of only about two dozen companies worldwide that have embraced some form of Semantic System Integration – we are the only company that has applied the core SSI model to a dozen targeted IT solution practices supporting a wide spectrum of functional domains.
    • The following slides highlight some of the Semantic Systems Integration practices that we’ve already deployed through Semantech Inc. & with partners…
  • 31. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Program Lifecycle Management
  • 32. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Program Lifecycle Management
    • It is a “Lifecycle of Lifecycles,” in other words a Lifecycle specifically designed to encompass and support the full range of elements that constitute an enterprise IT environment.
    • It is not meant to replace the other PLMs, but rather to unify them within the context of the ePMO and the enterprise itself:
          • Portfolio Lifecycle Management
          • Project Lifecycle Management
          • Product Lifecycle Management
          • Process Lifecycle Management
    • PLM provides a unified data framework upon which all ePMO processes can be automated & integrated.
  • 33. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. SSI & Cyber Security
  • 34. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. SSI & Cyber Security
    • The Comprehensive Cyber Security Practice (CCS) offers solutions and capabilities in seven primary categories, each representing a crucial stage in our solution approach:
        • CCS-Foundation [Strategy & Semantics]
        • CCS-Architect [Design]
        • CCS-Assure [Operations]
        • CCS-Aware [Analytics]
        • CCS-Validate [Compliance]
        • CCS-Collaborate
        • CCS-Intelligence
    • The true power of our offerings is their ability to support integration and Cyber Security management within a single, holistic Lifecycle.
  • 35. Intelligent Healthcare Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
  • 36. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Intelligent Healthcare
    • The Intelligent Healthcare Practice offers solutions and capabilities in seven primary categories, each representing a crucial stage in our solution approach:
        • iCare -Foundation [Management & Semantics]
        • iCare -Architect [Design]
        • iCare -Patient [Management]
        • iCare -Provider [Management]
        • iCare -Discovery [Diagnostics, Knowledge]
        • iCare -Collaboration
        • iCare -Intelligence [Contextual, Correlated]
    • These lifecycle stages or categories support both holistic data interoperability and integration of Healthcare lifecycle management objectives or projects.
  • 37. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Service Oriented Architecture
  • 38.
    • What is Services Oriented Integration (SOI) ?
    • Services Oriented Integration – This is a recognition of the current limitations of SOA and what needs to be added to it in order to fulfill expectations for enterprise integration.
    • SO A & SO E & SO F – Architecture , Environment and Federation all require Integration to work properly together. Semantics bind them all…
    • SOA Standards in themselves do not solve most integration issues for us, it is still our task to solve the difficult problems using the best tools available.
    • SOI thus represents; methodology, best practices and specific design conventions for enterprise integration.
    Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Service Oriented Architecture
  • 39. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Agile ERP
  • 40. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Agile ERP
    • Rapid & Continuous Assessments
    • Lifecycle Management
    • Enterprise Integration
    • Capability Assurance
    The Semantech Inc. ERP Solution is divided into three capability categories, they are:
      • IV&V ERP Oversight
      • Holistic ERP Implementation
      • ERP Project Recovery
    In each of these ERP capability categories we provide the following critical services:
  • 41. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Dynamic Learning
  • 42. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Dynamic Learning
    • Dynamic Learning Reference Architecture
      • DLO is highly dependent on a shared discovery user interface. This can be a portal or a web-based application, but what is important is that it represents a way to reach both structured & unstructured data / content.
      • Learning & access to real data should be provided through the same interface – answers from analytics can be applied to learning content and can become personal and corporate knowledge bases.
      • A shared Semantic Layer can logically integrate all learning content (& potential content) with all other enterprise information.
  • 43. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Enterprise Architecture
  • 44. Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc. Enterprise Architecture
    • A time-boxed project engagement, lasting no more than 90 days, which encompasses the following key tasks and deliverables:
        • Initial Architecture Assessment
        • Architecture Alignment
        • Governance Alignment
        • Architecture Roadmap
    • The Fusion Project is designed to assure that all existing and future architectures are coordinated and that architecture is aligned with Lifecycle Governance. Some Fusion engagements also include solution automation.
    Architecture Fusion
  • 45. Dynamic Data Integration
  • 46. Dynamic Data Integration
    • Dynamic Data Integration solutions are based upon experience developing sophisticated DoD and Federal Government data architectures. The principles though can be leveraged in any industry to provide support for any functional domain. DDI is offered in three offerings:
        • Comprehensive (end to end architectures) Data Solutions
        • Decision Support Solutions
        • Data Performance & Reengineering Solutions
    • All three offerings are built atop our SSI foundation.
  • 47. Conclusion - SSI Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.
    • At Semantech Inc., we believe that Semantic Systems Integration will eventually become the dominant approach for all systems integration.
    • Why ? Because for the first time we stand on the threshold of not having to reinvent integration every time it is attempted in every environment where it needs to occur.
    • Let us help prove to you how this evolutionary solutions paradigm can help transform your enterprise.
  • 48. Semantech Inc. Contact Information Thank You… Call 937-554-4673 Or contact [email_address] For more Information Check us out at http://www.semantech-inc.com Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved – Semantech Inc.