Presentation on theme: "MODEM Building a Semantic Foundation for EA: Reengineering the MODAF™ Meta-Model Based on the IDEAS Foundation Model Lt Col Mikael Hagenbo, Swedish Armed."— Presentation transcript:
2MODEM Building a Semantic Foundation for EA: Reengineering the MODAF™ Meta-Model Based on the IDEAS Foundation ModelLt Col Mikael Hagenbo, Swedish Armed ForcesLars-Olof Kihlström, Generic Systems Sweden AB,Ian Bailey, Model Futures Limited,Chris Partridge, BORO Solutions Limited
4IntroductionMODEM is an enterprise architecture framework that provides a vocabulary for describing an enterprise, its structure as well as its behaviour in a unified manner.There are several architecture frameworks and this presentation starts with a brief description of how they relate to one another and how they differ.MODEM is an evolution of the framework definied by the Ministry of Defence in the UK called MODAF.The reengineering effort adds value since the semantics of the elements within the framework end up being defined properly, thereby enabling exchange of architecture models.MODEM is based on work performed by the IDEAS group.
5MODEM is a descendent of work within the IDEAS group (International Defence Enterprise Architecture Specification): Development of a Model (IDEAS Foundation) for Coalition Architecture Interoperability.IDEAS is based on semantics in order to deal with semantic heterogeneity between the nations national Architecture Frameworks by the use of an approach based on Business Objects Reference Ontology (BORO)™ Methodology.IDEAS Foundation has been exploited by US DoD for DODAF 2.MODEM (MODAF Ontological Data Exchange Model) is the result of a Swedish led effort within IDEAS aiming for an evolution of M3 by exploiting the IDEAS foundation.
10Defence Enterprise Architecture Military operations are complexLarge, hierarchical organisationsSmall, agile organisationsThousands of interacting processesComplex, data-intensive systemsEnterprise architecture provides a way to plan and organise information about:StructuresBehaviourCapabilityImage Crown Copyright
11EA is Just Diagrams, Right ? First generation enterprise architecture really was just about picturesThings have moved on since thenEA is now considered a decision-support toolProviding the right information, at the right level of abstraction to business and technical stakeholdersThe frameworks have had to adapt accordinglyIncreasing use of meta-modelsSome are even looking at ontologies
12MODAF™ The UK Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework Originally based on DoDAFMODAF extensions now adopted by DoDAFNATO Architecture Framework *is* MODAFMODAF Meta-Model (M3)An extension of the UML 2.1 Meta-Modeli.e. a UML profile
13There are a lot of different frameworks and standards TOGAFNAF 3.1DoDAF v1.5UPDMSoaMLOASISDoDAF 2.0
17The benefits of a EA based on a meta-model that defines the types of elements that can be used in an architecture model
18What does a meta-model for an architecture framework provide? It could be said that the MODAF/ NAF/ UPDM meta-model provides a grammar for speaking architecture in accordance with a framework.It defines the type of words that may be used and how they can be combined (related) to form architectural “sentences”.In the case of MODAF the meta-model was created using UML (Unified Modelling Language) where all types of elements to be used in an architecture model are extensions of standardised UML concepts.
19What does give us that MODAF M3 does not ? Consider the following text:'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.A portion of Jabberwocky: A poem by Lewis Carroll published as part of: Through the looking-glass, and what Alice found there (1872)
20An analogy .....While the grammar of the poem is sound, i.e. adjectives, nouns and verbs can be identified and they seem to relate to one another as they should, the meaning is less than clear.The difference between MODAF M3 and MODEM could be visualised by saying that in MODAF M3 the Jabberwocky poem would be accepted as correct as it only checks the grammar, whereas MODEM would also provide the semantic meaning.
22Building in a real world semantics The real problem in speech is not precise language. The problem is clear language.Richard FeynmannFormalSemanticsRealWorldIDEASUML
23Build upon what already exists There is a significant investment in MODAFHarvest the relevant featuresWinnow out the irrelevant technical features
24Building a semantic foundation implicit semanticsFrom a semantic perspective, it is like an iceberg, with visible ‘explicit semantic’ and hidden ‘implicit semantics’.M3 was designed as a UML profile.The goal is to:Peel off the implementation structure, andMake the implicit semantics explicitsemanticfoundationM3UML Profileimplementation structureexplicit semanticsAs a result it has both implementation structure and (explicit) semantics
26Recovering the supersubtype semantic structure MODEMNeed to harvest where it matches, andRefine where it does not.
27An example of formal semantics A UML State MachineFigure Protocol state machine” (p UML Superstructure Specification, v2.3)
28What is ‘state’ in the real world? You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing — that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.Richard Feynmann
29Removing Implementation Structure Combining state machines
30Removing Implementation Structure Sub-typing state machines
31Building in a ‘clear’ real world semantics IDEASRealWorldUMLFormal
33MODEM relies heavily on the use of patterns The basic set of patterns include:Overlap and intersectionBehaviourAgentProcessExchangeThese patterns are then specialised in order to be used in a variety of places, some examples are shown here.
34Architect: I have a need to show roads that overlap as part of my architecture model
35Architect: The actual intersection is of special interest
37So why is MODEM needed? Current tool and architecture framework use situation Different tools are used in different domains.GenEA: General EA tools (ARIS, MEGA, SA, MooD etc.)UML tools with EA plugins (Magic Draw, Sparx, Rhapsody, Artisan etc.)They are islands on their own with no direct communication in between tools.They can not be used to enhance each other.ImplementationSpecificationStrategy and planningOperational processesGenEA aUML EA aUML EA bUML EA cUML EA dUML EA eGenEA bGenEA cGenEA dGenEA e
38Possible tool situation based on MODEM A seamless transfer between tools without importing other tool conventions can be achieved if they are based on MODEM as an underlying basis.This will expand the usage as well as market for all tools.The interconnection ability will dramatically increase the use of each tool.The strengths of the different tools can be used to enhance the overall use of all tools.This will provide an benefits to all areas of use and to all tools.MODEM basisImplementationSpecificationStrategy and planningOperational processesGenEA aUML EA aUML EA bUML EA cUML EA dUML EA eGenEA bGenEA cGenEA dGenEA ee.g. RDF
40MOD STATEMENT OF INTENT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MODEM Patrick GormanAssistant Head Architecture FrameworkMOD CIO
41Future MODAF – What We Want To Do On completion of MODEM (c. Sep 2012):Look to retire M3Update Policy for use of:UPDM2 (UML / SysML Tools)MODEM (Non-UML Tools)Ensure alignment of MODEM and UPDMOffer MODEM to NATO to support convergence of frameworks
42Future MODAF – What We Need To Do To Get There Primarily Stakeholder Engagement:UK Defence Stakeholders – MOD and Partners.Software Tool Vendors.NATO and Nations.
43The MODEM re-engineering aims to: Harvest the relevant semantic features of UML and the MODAF meta-model and migrate them to MODEM,Winnow out the irrelevant technical implementation features – particularly the constraints that were stove piping the UML meta-model and the MODAF meta-model built upon it,Provide a clearer picture of the enterprise – one which reveals the common underlying business patterns across what previously appeared as very different areas, andProvide a migration path for the existing MODAF models.
44Rationale on one slideMODEM has been developed to be used by the tool vendors in order to create a means of unification, reusability and exchange of architectural artefacts between different tools.MODEM is an evolution of M3 based on IDEAS work.MODEM will, together with the national architecture frameworks in the IDEAS nations, be a building block for a future common defence standard.NATO is invited to make use of MODEM for NAF.MODEM is not in not in any way defence specific and thus not limited to defence use only.
45More details concerning MODEM can be found at: SwAF-MODEM-Behaviour Analysis Report - March 2011.pdf