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Federal Systems Integrator Advantage: Next Generation Architecture and Middleware

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Federal Systems Integrator Advantage: Next Generation Architecture and Middleware

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A system integrator serving the U.S. Federal government market is reviewing next-generation architecture components and middleware platform technology, leading best practices, and vendor support.  The goal is to provide the system integrator with a competitive edge in re-competes and new project wins.  The desired middleware infrastructure platform will reduce development and run-time operation cost by at least 25% when compared with incumbent platform offerings.

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO),

For decades, DOD has been attempting to modernize about 2,200 business systems, which are supported by billions of dollars in annual expenditures that are intended to support business functions and operations.

Can government IT programs and projects increase their  efficiency and reduce expenditures?   A new software delivery paradigm is required.

WSO2 is an open source middleware vendor with innovative components that help teams obtain repeatable agile delivery and adopt SOA & DevOps best practices leading to faster program spirals. Additionally, WSO2′s middleware infrastructure platform delivers high performance at high transaction rates while securely capturing, streaming, transforming, analyzing, and presenting mission information.

The system integrator is exploring three specific focus areas:

  • Information Hub Attribute Based Access Control
  • Enhance mission situational awareness and improve information transfer efficiency
  • Deliver High Quality Solutions on Faster Spirals

Project Idea A: Information Hub Attribute Based Access Control

To support program #1, prove system integrator can improve security assurance, efficiently provide information access, normalize information models, and reduce integration effort.  Augment any existing solution by adding contextual based access controls, governance, and SOA best practices that establish secure, contextual access to information through a common information model and common information services.

Infrastructure Recommendation

The proposed platform would likely include WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, WSO2 Governance Registry, WSO2 Data Services Server, and WSO2 Identity Server. The proof of concept may be broken out into two distinct and independent phases.

Project A – Proposed Proof of Concept (POC) Phases

Phase 1 – Establish a Common Information Model, Service Registry of Mission Capabilities, and Connectors

Augment the existing solution by including design and run-time service governance, declarative data mapping, declarative interface design (REST and SOAP), and declarative transformation to support efficiently building a common information model and standard service/API interfaces.

Infrastructure Recommendation

This phase would leverage WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), WSO2 Data Services Server, and WSO2 Governance Registry capabilities.

Phase 2 – Increase security assurance by adopting contextual based access controls

To securely integrate data feeds across agencies, programs, projects, and missions, solutions must adopt contextual based access control.  Contextual based access control authorizes information access by validating requestor attributes (e.g. location, need to know, organization, clearance) and resource attributes (e.g. level of assurance, resource information model). Contextual based access control merges Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) best practices and policies.

Infrastructure Recommendation

This phase would leverage WSO2 Identity Server and XACML 3.0 Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) functionality.

Project Idea B – Enhance mission situational awareness and improve information transfer efficiency

To support program #2, prove system integrator can improve mission visibility, enhance situational awareness, and increase information transfer efficiency by adopting WSO2 streaming messaging, transformation, temporal pattern matching event engine, and Big data analytics.

Infrastructure Recommendation

The proposed platform would likely include WSO2 Complex Event Processor, WSO2 Business Activity Monitor, WSO2 Governance Registry, and WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus.  The proof of concept may be broken out into two distinct, independent phases:

Project B – Proposed Proof of Concept (POC) Phases

Phase 1 – Filter, Reduce, and Aggregate Data Streams

To provide a relevant and composite view of mission information, the solution will filter, reduce, and aggregate data streams. By reading declarative policies and configurations in a central registry, the solution will apply enterprise integration mediation patterns to the data feeds.

Infrastructure Recommendation

This phase would leverage WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus and WSO2 Governance Registry.

Phase 2 – Capture and Analyze Data Streams

Improve mission visibility and enhance situational awareness by expanding mission event capture, executing analytical queries across Big data streams, and integrating information feeds into mission command and control dashboards.

Infrastructure Recommendation

This phase would leverage WSO2 Business Activity Monitor and WSO2 Complex Event Server.  WSO2 Business Activity Monitor enables high speed streaming data capture, data storage, and advanced Big Data analytics.  WSO2 Complex Event processor provides real-time streaming temporal based analytic capabilities that enable real-time notification and real-time control.

Project Idea C: Deliver High Quality Solutions on Faster Spirals

To support program #3, prove system integrator can improve time to market, lower development cost, and increase quality by adopting DevOps principles, best practices, and Cloud environments.  The proposed platform would likely include Apache Stratos, WSO2 Private PaaS, and WSO2 App Factory.

Infrastructure Recommendation

This phase would leverage Apache Stratos, WSO2 Private PaaS, and WSO2 App Factory.

 

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