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New Chief Architect at Niteworks

We are pleased to announce that John Kendall has been appointed the new Chief Architect at Niteworks.

Working to the Technical Director as part of a small Core Technical Team, the Chief Architect is a key role in support of project delivery and assurance.  The Chief  Architect  has specific responsibility for technical matters relating to system architecture, enterprise architecture and architecting across Niteworks activities.

This includes providing appropriate architectural methods, tools and techniques and advising projects on their correct use.

Although the role has a technical focus it is very people-centric being concerned primarily with the provision of support to project teams in the pursuit of high-quality results. The role also involves engaging directly with MOD architecture policy and practice functions.


The AQUILA Consortium, composed of Thales and NATS, have been awarded the contract to provide Air Traffic Management services to MOD for 22 years after a bid lasting several years.  Frontis supplied Enterprise Architecture and Requirements Management services to this bid.  This involved creating the architecture using the MOOD Business Architect Tool and managing the requirements in IBM Rational DOORs.  Frontis also provided support to the production of the contract including several key schedules.

After the win, Frontis are still involved providing support for the mobilisation phase, carrying out Business Analysis to produce the business information systems architecture, and define the business processes and activities to be carried out by the new AQUILA staff.

Read more about AQUILA here: http://www.aquila-atms.com


Business Analysis

We have extensive experience in business analysis to support transformation and the delivery of new capability. This involves engagement with the business stakeholders to determine the functions, processes, activities and information exchange requirements. We can provide a proper understanding of your business, and the dependencies with the information systems, external organisations and other departments. This understanding is particularly important during transformation, including outsourcing preparation, so that you understand the full consequences and impacts of change.

Security and Resilience Architecture

This project, run by Serco PLC, developed a Security and Resilience architecture which was analysed to identify gaps in the strategy, systems and processes that can diminish its security and resilience capabilities. Frontis were responsible for the development of the MODAF-based framework, liaison with workstreams to produce an analysis of the as-is security and resilience capabilities as well as a generic Framework which can be reused for modelling the security and resilience of other subjects. Using a system of systems approach, the architecture covers the whole lifecycle and includes a risk management module which identifies the components which are at risk and the control systems which mitigate those risks.

Architecture Practice Setup

Frontis were employed to set up the Enterprise Architecture practice in a large transformation project. This included producing the architecture design strategy and plan including:
• Developing the Architecture Vision including Scope, Stakeholders, Purpose and Concerns;
• Produce the EA framework and model development methodology;
• Design and Implementation of EA Governance – This defines the ownership, review, approval and update roles and responsibilities for each of the views defined in the Framework, and specifies the processes and products required for efficient governance;
• Define the skills and training requirements for the roles in the EA practice;
• Determine the end user requirements for architecture support and architectural outputs and analyses.

Architecture Assurance and Governance

Frontis performed an Enterprise Architecture assurance task on a large Information Assurance project. We analysed their MODAF-based EA Framework and their governance processes, and ensured that they were in-line with the customer’s specifications and that the solution development was carried out in a structured and coherent manner. After the study Frontis provided the Chief Enterprise Architect to coordinate the development of the technical solution and build the business architecture across all workstreams (technical, business change, implementation and service support).

Enterprise Architecture Frameworks

Frontis have considerable experience in developing Enterprise Architecture Frameworks which are tailored for the requirements of the client. It is not desirable to use a Framework ‘out of the box’. An architecture is designed to solve a problem, and consequently needs to be created specifically for that job or adapted from one of the common frameworks. You should do this before you even install your EA tool. Many organisations have Enterprise Architectures which serve little or no purpose and do not represent a good return on the investment which has been put into them.

We can work with many of the popular EA Frameworks such as TOGAF, MODAF and NAF, and can configure EA tools including MooD, Mega, Enterprise Architect and Rhapsody.

A popular product are MDG Technology plugins for Sparx Enterprise Architect including Views and JavaScript created outputs to Word, Excel or HTML. We can create views which communicate to your stakeholders and hide the complexities of the native UML.

Enterprise Architecture

We have extensive experience in the definition and implementation of architecture frameworks and architecture governance, as well as the creation of architectures. We can provide architects as well as the skills required for managing teams of architects (business, technical, service) ensuring the development of coherent architectures which fulfil the business requirement and answer the ‘so what?’ question. We have defined and implemented Architecture Strategy and lead architecture teams for a number clients including large transformation projects.

Our capabilities include:

  • Development of strategy and governance; analysis of the business, systems and strategic requirements; coordination of users, architects and analysts; production of architectures and risk models to support transformation and performance, cost, time optimisation.
  • Experience with many Frameworks such as, MODAF, TOGAF, NAF, DNDAF, DODAF, ITIL, CMMI and Zachman; and Methods such as UML, BPMN and SysML.
  • Experience of working with relevant Security and IA standards such as SABSA, HMG IS1, EISA, JSP 440 and ISO27001.
  • Experience with many EA and Systems Engineering Tools such as MooD, Mega, System Architect, Enterprise Architect.
  • Ensuring project adherence to relevant systems engineering standards and policies: for example ISO 15288, ISO/IEC 42010 (Systems Engineering).