A Defense Company

Defense company delivers smarter system-of-systems solutions with enterprise architecture and requirements management solutions from IBM

Published on 27-Aug-2010

Validated on 15 Aug 2013

"We have increased our quality whilst reducing the time to market for our products. We have the ability to de-risk the requirements capture and to show the impact that changes may have on system development." - Vice President, Defense Company

Customer:
A Defense Company

Industry:
Aerospace & Defense

Deployment country:
United Kingdom

Solution:
Application Design-Build-Manage, Asset Management, Business Performance Transformation, Development & Technology Adoption, Enabling Business Flexibility, Operational Management, Optimizing IT, Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smart Products

Overview

A defense company builds and delivers some of the industry’s largest and most complex “system of systems” solutions. In addition to the immense technical challenges of these systems, intense competition in the industry has shortened time-to-market expectations. In this environment, the ability to accurately capture requirements and manage them in the context of an enterprise architecture framework is vital.

Business need:
To deliver complex solutions with shorter time to market, a defense company needed an innovative approach to capturing requirements and executing solutions that fulfill them.

Solution:
The company adopted IBM Rational System Architect and IBM Rational DOORS software and worked with IBM to integrate enterprise architecture frameworks with requirements management.

Benefits:
· The company has shortened time to market and improved the quality of the systems it delivers. · The company is identifying risks earlier, including risks that arise from changing requirements. · Thousands of engineers, system and enterprise architects, operations leads, business analysts and others at the company now share a consistent view of requirements and architecture from a single repository, enabling parallel product development across a globally distributed team.

Case Study

The Need

To deliver complex solutions with shorter time to market, a defense company
needed an innovative approach to capturing requirements and executing solutions that fulfill them.

The Solution
The company adopted IBM® Rational® System Architect and IBM Rational DOORS® software and worked with IBM to integrate enterprise architecture frameworks with requirements management.

What Makes it Smarter
Complex system-of-systems solutions from the company rely on aggregating information from advanced monitoring systems to respond automatically to potential crises, or to enable decision makers in remote control centers to take corrective action.

The Result
“We have increased our quality whilst reducing the time to market for our products. We have the ability to de-risk the requirements capture and to show the impact that changes may have on system development.”
–Vice President, Defense Company

Business Benefits
· The company has shortened time to market and improved the quality of the systems it delivers.
· The company is identifying risks earlier, including risks that arise from changing requirements.
· Thousands of engineers, system and enterprise architects, operations leads, business analysts and others at the company now share a consistent view of requirements and architecture from a single repository, enabling parallel product development across a globally distributed team.A defense company builds and delivers some of the industry’s largest and most complex “system of systems” solutions. In addition to the immense technical challenges of these systems, intense competition in the industry has shortened time-to-market expectations. In this environment, the ability to accurately capture requirements and manage them in the context of an enterprise architecture framework is vital. “Time to market is critical for us in today’s market. The systems we build are so large and so complex that sometimes we’re collaborating with companies, while on other projects we’re competing against those same companies. Innovation is key to the company’s technology leadership, and one of the innovative elements that we’re developing is the ability to bring the enterprise architecture frameworks together with requirements management,” explains the company’s head of operations.
To help meet the challenges of managing and delivering multiyear, multimillion dollar systems, the company is using IBM Rational DOORS and IBM System Architect. “Within the company, the IBM Rational System Architect and IBM Rational DOORS products are core to our solution,” says the head of operations.

“The ability to succeed in today’s marketplace requires us to be able to capture all of the requirements of our customers, to maintain them and to be able to put in place an enterprise architecture framework that enables us to deliver them,” adds the company’s vice president. “Enterprise architecture frameworks enable us to deliver the complex system-of-systems and multiplatform products that we need to grow as an organization.”

Complex projects with common threads
The company’s teams are using Rational DOORS and Rational System Architect software on a wide range of initiatives. Though the efforts are underway at different divisions of the company, there are common threads that run between all of them. Each of the solutions relies on aggregating information from advanced monitoring systems to respond automatically to potential crises, or to enable decision makers in remote control centers to take corrective action.

An integrated requirements management and enterprise architecture framework is a fundamental component of the company’s ability to deliver these kinds of projects on schedule. “The enterprise frameworks that we’re now designing and building with IBM enable us to deliver on large, complex solutions—for example, border control systems and large airframe designs—by helping us to capture the requirements and reduce the time to market,” says the company’s vice president.

An integrated approach
Today at the company, there are hundreds of engineers, enterprise architects, system and business analysts, and operations leads using IBM Rational System Architect software, and thousands using IBM Rational DOORS. Together, these products enable the company to “engineer the enterprise” as a whole—defining not just technology solutions, but operational, technical, acquisition, training and systems solutions—across the complete life cycle. “At the company, the development process is centered on requirements,” says the head of operations. “You get the requirements right, you deliver the right product. You get the requirements wrong but engineer it right, you still deliver the wrong product. So for us, requirements are front and center.” The vice president adds, “For many years our goal has been to intelligently improve the speed, delivery and quality of large, complex systems. Enterprise architecture frameworks have proved to be a fundamental part of that.”

The head of operations recalls a customer engagement that highlights the value of Rational System Architect to the company’s engineering process. “The customer expected us to come with a technical solution straight away. Instead, we first looked at the as-is business processes, thoroughly analyzed them using an architectural framework approach, and then presented them back to the customer. It was the first time the customer had seen those end-to-end business processes in a single repository. Next, we engineered the to-be business processes. After getting agreement from the customer, we had a platform by which we could engineer the solution. We had the customer on board from the beginning. We developed a solid understanding of what the problem was, and delivered the solution that they wanted the first time, on time and on budget. The initial effort was a pilot project budgeted at £1 million; but we gained the customer’s trust, and they later came back to us with a larger program worth about ten times that.”

Looking ahead with IBM
Rational System Architect and Rational DOORS have helped the company gain an advantage in an increasingly competitive industry. “The IBM solution enables us to differentiate ourselves in the market in a number of ways. It’s an agile solution, which means that, as customer requirements change, we can show the impact of those changes very quickly,” says the vice president. “We have increased our quality whilst reducing the time to market for our products. We have the ability to de-risk the requirements capture and to show the impact that changes may have on system development.”

The head of operations is enthusiastic about what the company has already achieved and about the path forward, which includes the IBM Rational Jazz® technology platform for collaborative product and services delivery. “We have realized several quantitative benefits from working with IBM solutions. First is the ability to undertake parallel engineering, which has a time benefit for us. Another stems from the early identification of risks associated with the requirements and the architecture, which has a cost benefit,” he explains. “We have embarked on a journey, and the journey isn’t over by any stretch of the imagination. The introduction of the Jazz platform really excites me because I can see the realization of a vision we had five years ago coming to fruition for us in the coming year.”

The vice president is similarly positive about the long-term outlook. “Some of our products will be in service through design, development, entry into service and maintenance for over 70 years. It’s vital that we have companies with us that will be here in 70 years’ time to partner with us,” he concludes.

For more information
To learn more about enterprise architecture and requirements management solutions, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit:

ibm.com/software/rational/offerings/eam
ibm.com/software/awdtools/doors

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Rational System Architect, Rational DOORS

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