Reference Framework Development

Experienced architects know that detailed, stable reference materials can accelerate development while maintaining a high level of quality in project delivery.  Without a coherent reference framework architecture, delivery projects will waste effort developing practices and deliver inconsistent solutions that suboptimize the SOA.   In contrast, a reference framework is the foundation for repeatable process and high-quality, cost-effective IT solutions delivery.

The Everware-CBDI Service Architecture & EngineeringTM (CBDI-SAETM) Framework provides a detailed reference architecture for all aspects of SOA and Application Modernization.  This represents a comprehensive platform for rapidly establishing reference models, repeatable processes and quality practices.

Leveraging this industry-proven framework, we provide consulting services to support customers in establishing their organization specific reference framework.  The outcome may be a custom framework in which CBDI-SAE assets act as an accelerator, or support in implementing and customizing the CBDI-SAE framework.  In addition, CBDI-SAE is frequently used to provide practice level deliverables to complement frameworks such as the Open Group's TOGAF, and the U.K. government's ITIL.

Everware-CBDI's Reference Framework consulting services include:

  • assessment of current SOA framework;
  • facilitating workshops to develop an organization specific reference framework;
  • customizing the CBDI-SAE framework to incorporate organization standards and objectives; and
  • guidance and mentoring in the effective use of the framework.

Everware-CBDI Reference Framework Case Studies

Associated Reports

Everything is a Service

Exploring the path towards a unified service model.

The Cloud movement is discussing the term Everything as a Service (EaaS or XaaS).  In principle this is a welcome development, encouraging business and IT participants to adopt services and service oriented concepts everywhere. However it appears that the E/XaaS initiative may be more about marketing than reality. In this article we suggest how this very promising idea might be developed to clarify Cloud Service taxonomy and deliver convergence of business and IT perspectives in a Unified Service Model.   

Developing an Enterprise Mobility Framework

Is your enterprise ready for mobility and BYOD? It is a growing imperative, but not many are.

Enterprise Mobility – the use of mobile computing within the enterprise – has gained significant momentum in recent times. This report establishes the requirements for an Enterprise Mobility Framework and outlines some of the key elements.

Making Sense of Cloud Computing (pdf)

The terms virtualization, utility computing and Cloud computing are often used interchangeably which can be very confusing. This report aims to provide clarification - to identify the similarities and differences in those characteristics, and provide a framework in which organizations can decide which capabilities they require in specific situations – as it is unlikely that one model alone will suit all requirements.

The CBDI-SAE Reference Framework in 2010 (pdf)

A description of the CBDI Service Architecture & Engineering framework in terms of its origins, objectives, principles, rationale, process and components and a discussion around how a reference framework needs to evolve to support user requirements today and in the future. This article will be of interest to anyone that is struggling to bring order to chaos in architecture and delivery projects.

Includes self-assessment questionnaire.

The Architecture Component of the CBDI-SAE Reference Framework for SOA (pdf)

There is no "one size fits all" methodology, ours or anyone else's, and so best practice in method development calls for incorporation of a framework of artifacts, tools and techniques that can be tailored to the nuances of each organization that wants to implement the methodology. However, most popular methods don't tend to focus on the needs of service lifecycle instead covering a broad but typically less focused method landscape. CBDI's SAE™ Reference Framework is built to remedy that problem by highlighting aspects of methodology such as process, techniques and artifacts needed to embrace SOA concepts in a structured manner. This article provides an introduction to the Architecture component of the Reference Framework and the rationale that went into its creation.