Guide for Creating Useful Solution Architectures

May 2018
Topics: Homeland Security, Systems Engineering-General, Architectures (General), Information Security Architecture, Information Systems, Network Architectures
Gary L. Ingber, The MITRE Corporation
William E. Bunting, The MITRE Corporation
Dan M. Laredo, The MITRE Corporation
Moe K. Tun, The MITRE Corporation
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​The Department of Homeland Security Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO) recognizes that a key requirement for the success of information technology (IT) programs is a mature and viable Solution Architecture. Pursuant to that objective, EBMO has tasked the Homeland Security Systems Engineering & Development Institute (HSSEDI) with identifying challenges and successes with IT Solution Architectures at DHS, documenting industry and department best practices, and providing keys for IT program success with respect to Solution Architecture.

This document provides a practical Solution Architectures “how to” guide that describes useful solution content, relations to the DHS Acquisition Lifecycle Framework and Systems Engineering Life Cycle, and creating lean/just enough architecture to support agile development. The overall objective of this HSSEDI research is to increase the likelihood of IT program success and foster a mature and viable Solution Architecture discipline across DHS.

This document is intended for DHS IT Solution Architects, Program Managers, and Systems Engineers. It is intended for use within waterfall, agile, and hybrid development approaches. This document leverages best practices research and addresses key challenges to Solution Architecture previously developed by HSSEDI.

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