Seaport Enhanced Multiple Award Contract
N00178-09-D-5842
                                    Experience and Capabilities

Note - Vektrel is certified with the SBA as an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business  


Capabilities - Vektrel LLC is currently recognized by the Fleet and SPAWAR Program Offices for technical excellence and innovation in the
following key areas:

  • SOA Solution Engineering - Large-scale, high performance Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) engineering and implementation

  • SOA Security Engineering - End to end SOA Security Engineering in challenging, defense-oriented security environments

  • Net Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) - Large-scale, SOA-based, near real-time, NCES solution engineering and implementation

  • Strategic SOA IT Transformation - Transitioning large-scale (global) IT enterprises to a service based IT value delivery model.  

  • Information Architecture - Large-scale Information Architecture solution engineering (e.g.: data warehouses, data marts, SOA XML
    Messaging Models, Master Data Management (MDM), Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, etc).  

  • Knowledge-Driven Information Systems - Applying Semantic Technologies to yield knowledge-driven IT solutions that can
    "understand" and act upon deeply contextual information.  

  • Event Driven Architectures (EDA) - High performance, near real-time, SOA based, enterprise  Event Driven Architectures (EDA).

  • IT Enterprise Architecture Solutions - Large-scale IT Enterprise Solutions engineering and implementation (e.g.: Identity and
    Access Management (IAM), Enterprise Portals, Content Management, Network Infrastructure, Web Based Application Engineering,
    etc).  

SOA and NCES technologies represent a new and key strategic architectural direction for the Navy.  Large-scale, high performance SOA
and NCES solution engineering and implementation are Vektrel’s core expertise. Vektrel's engineering teams have designed, developed and
released into production some of the largest, most challenging and highly successful SOA / NCES based IT transformations and enterprise
solutions in the IT engineering industry (e.g.: Fortune 500, global enterprise scale solutions).  

Vektrel is also recognized for innovation in SOA and Information Architecture solution engineering.  Our engineering teams are driving
innovation in areas that represent a fusion of SOA engineering with technology domains such as Knowledge Engineering (i.e.: Semantic
Technologies), Virtualization and Event Driven Architecture.  Vektrel, and its team members, provide the Navy with the means to tap into
leading edge, commercial sector IT engineering expertise and innovation.  

Zones - Vektrel supports Seaport-E zone 6

Service Experience (Last 3 Years) - The following is a subset of Vektrel LLC's service experience over the last 3 years.  Since the majority
of Vektrel's contracts were from the commercial sector in this time frame, the following summaries include both commercial and Navy / DoD
experience:

  • SOA Foundation Engineering - Vektrel designed, developed and implemented the foundational SOA solution architecture
    supporting a defense-oriented Fortune 500 global IT enterprise.   This large, multi-faceted initiative included the following solution
    elements:
  • SOA Infrastructure - End to end, high performance SOA infrastructure supporting process, data, integration and presentation
    services.  
  • SOA Messaging Bus - A very high performance, high volume SOA messaging infrastructure and XML Data Model that unified  
    heterogeneous IT systems through a common, industry standard foundation for high performance interaction.
  • SOA Security Architecture - An end to end SOA security architecture that spans from the Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    perimeter on through the SOA infrastructure to SOA endpoints and  back-end data sources.  
  • SOA Based Integration Foundations - The technical foundations supporting SOA based, process (BPM)  and data integration.  
  • SOA Based, Event Driven Architecture (EDA) - The technical foundations supporting near real-time, event-driven integration
    and process behavior.
  • Portal / Composite Application Foundation - The technical foundations supporting portal-based, SOA "composite" applications
    that assemble their business functionality through successive service calls.  

  • SOA Based, Event Driven ERP Migration Solution - In 2006, a Fortune 500 company decided to shift its financial and operational
    foundations to new platforms.  This transition effectively required re-factoring most IT processes, data stores, data models and
    integrations for a global IT environment.  Vektrel assumed overall architectural and implementation leadership of this large-scale IT
    transformation initiative.  Vektrel designed, developed and implemented a leading-edge SOA based solution that coupled event-driven
    architecture (EDA) and service based integration (EAI) with business process automation (BPM / BPEL) and strategic data services.  
    Additionally, Vektrel designed and implemented an end-to-end SOA security architecture for this migration that was scalable to the
    global enterprise and accommodated SOA federation capabilities.  Vektrel implementation teams used these foundations to design,
    develop and deliver over 70 mission critical services that made this transition a reality.  These included event driven integration
    services, process automation services and data / information services.  After a 14 month project cycle, Vektrel delivered phase 1 of
    this solution which was released into IT production as a highly successful turn-key solution.  This transition continues to be one of the
    most successful SOA based integration solutions of its scale in the IT industry.  Vektrel continues to provide business process
    transformation leadership to this effort as it moves through phases of SOA and business process automation maturity.

  • Information Architecture Solution - A Fortune 500 client had a number of scattered information architecture initiatives (e.g.: data
    warehouses, data marts, operational data stores, etc) that fragmented business information across numerous data models while
    increasing operational costs.  The client decided to consolidate all such information stores into a common, enterprise information
    architecture providing a single authoritative data warehouse and operational data store supporting mission specific data marts, SOA
    data services and business intelligence portals.  Vektrel was contracted to provide the information architecture leadership to drive this
    data consolidation effort. Vektrel architects designed a solution that successfully consolidated IT information sources and provided an
    authoritative foundation for IT business processes and IT business intelligence portals.  The solution reduced operational costs and
    positioned the enterprise data warehouse to integrate with and support the complementary IT SOA initiative.  Vektrel architects also
    designed an end-to-end security architecture that successfully addressed all information assurance requirements.   

  • SOA Based IT Transformation - An insurance company's rapid growth , coupled with the insurance industry's movement toward
    online services collectively created a need to transform IT foundations to an agile, service based value delivery model and a
    "composable" enterprise architecture (SOA foundations).  In early 2008, Vektrel was contracted to provide the SOA leadership and
    implementation team responsible for defining, developing and delivering a foundational SOA infrastructure and a set of core IT
    services.  This initiative requires defining and implementing initial service infrastructure foundations, initial integration foundations and
    developing core services that integrate business processes and data from numerous disparate insurance applications.  It also requires
    extracting and service enabling processes and data currently embedded within "siloed" insurance applications.  Vektrel is currently
    moving this initiative forward as a blended open source and COTS SOA solution architecture.  The first two phases of this ongoing,
    large-scale initiative have been successfully delivered to production.  

  • "Smart Grid" Power Utility Project - Vektrel was contracted to design and deliver an overall IT enterprise architecture, for a power
    utility, that is capable of supporting millions of inputs from a rapidly evolving networked power grid.  This architecture required
    designing a very high performance, near real-time SOA infrastructure capable of scaling to accommodate millions of data and event
    downloads several times a day from the power grid.  Additionally, Vektrel designed a multi-tier, intelligent event detection and
    response solution that utilized a knowledge-driven foundation (i.e.: Semantic Technology based) that could "understand" events from
    a deeply contextual perspective and recommend an optimal, cost effective response.  

  • Solicitation: DON-SNOTE-080305-007  (CANES) - The Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) initiative
    seeks to consolidate shipboard computer systems into a common computing environment while transitioning shipboard software
    systems to a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in support of the Navy’s Network Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) strategic
    direction.  In an effort to validate architectural direction, CANES leadership formally solicited architectural and engineering feedback
    from industry.   Vektrel’s core engineering expertise is focused upon large-scale, high performance, high security SOA / NCES solution
    engineering (the technical disciplines essential to the success of CANES).  In early 2008, Vektrel performed an in-depth architectural
    analysis of the CANES Architecture Specification (over 650 pages) and developed and provided comprehensive SOA / NCES
    architectural feedback documents and presentations for CANES leadership teams. Vektrel leveraged its extensive, commercial sector
    SOA engineering and implementation experience to analyze CANES architectural directions and develop comprehensive architectural
    feedback documents and presented them to the Navy and the CANES leadership team.  These efforts provided valuable input on the
    content of the CANES Architecture Specification as well as on areas of SOA engineering that were missing from the specification
    (areas of SOA architectural innovation that were potentially of value to CANES).  The discussion that follows summarizes the work
    performed by Vektrel and the value delivered to the Navy.  
  • Service Engineering (Service Interaction Model) – Vektrel provided an overview detailing how to structure successful SOA
    service engineering initiatives. This effort detailed pitfalls and success factors that collectively defined how to transition Navy
    shipboard applications to a service based (SOA) value delivery model.  This effort also defined key architectural challenges in
    utilizing services in the Navy’s heterogeneous computing environment and offered insights on how to engineer a “Service
    Interaction Model” that abstracted shipboard applications from these challenges.  
  • SOA Performance Engineering – A key goal of CANES is “near real-time” service performance within SOA based shipboard
    applications.  Vektrel provided a detailed overview of SOA performance engineering challenges with insights into structuring
    SOA architecture and development initiatives to ensure that both yield high performance service interaction.  This effort
    provided input on complex SOA performance related issues such as Composite Service Engineering, performance / security
    tradeoffs, SOA single sign-on engineering, etc.  This feedback offered valuable insights into building a “near real-time” SOA
    enabled warship and leveraged Vektrel innovations from commercial SOA engineering.  
  • SOA Security Engineering – Transitioning to SOA based systems on warships creates some new and challenging security
    risks.  Vektrel provided an architectural overview that provided insights into addressing shipboard SOA security as well as off-
    ship (federated) SOA security challenges.  This engineering input addressed complex issues such as service visibility and
    security across multiple shipboard security enclaves.  
  • Federated SOA Engineering – CANES enabled warships need to “federate” their SOA services across battle groups in a
    highly dynamic manner (e.g.: ships / planes affiliating and un-affiliating with a battle group SOA federation as they transition into
    and out of a theater of operations).  Vektrel architects researched and evolved alternative architectural directions that
    addressed the unique dynamics of CANES SOA federation.  Vektrel presented these alternative directions with an analysis
    detailing how they addressed unique CANES requirements for highly dynamic SOA federation while offering a high level of
    operational agility.
  • ESB Architectural Positioning (SOA as a Tactical Asset) – In response to unique CANES operational requirements, Vektrel
    architects provided a detailed analysis detailing different architectural alternatives for ESB functionality within a CANES service
    architecture.  Vektrel’s alternative architectural perspective enabled the ESB to become a tactical asset offering the operational
    agility necessary to enable war-fighters to re-factor service access and behavior on-the-fly in combat scenarios.
  • SOA Survivability Engineering – Server virtualization is a primary goal of the CANES initiative.  Vektrel architects presented
    CANES leadership teams with architectural innovations that are a fusion of SOA and Virtualization technologies.  These
    innovations yield a “SOA Survivability” capability that essentially allows a SOA architecture to intelligently rebuild itself (utilizing
    surplus server capacity) and repair battle damage automatically in a way that preserved the architectural integrity of the SOA
    architecture.  These architectural concepts were proposed by Vektrel architects for use within CANES enabled warships.
  • SOA / Semantic Technology Fusion – An ongoing challenge for the Navy is the need to roll out new software with new
    capabilities to warships in a cost effective, timely manner.  Vektrel has been evolving a fusion between SOA and Semantic
    Technologies that offers a possible solution for some of these challenges. This fusion captures shipboard application
    functionality within services whose behavior is derived from interactions with a knowledge base and rules engine.  Re-factoring
    service behavior would be accomplished via changes to knowledge base content rather than software.  This fusion of SOA and
    Semantic Technologies was presented to the Navy and the CANES leadership team with architectural adaptations that
    addressed the specific needs of CANES and its SOA centric architecture.  
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Quality Assurance

At Vektrel, we are committed to exceptional quality and technical excellence in the solutions and services we deliver to our customers.  
Our Quality Assurance (QA) methodologies span all aspects of a solution from concept to production release.  Vektrel's Quality
Assurance Management Model (QAMM) introduces and enforces quality process and procedures as an integral part of a project's
lifecycle.  

The QAMM process for lifecycle QA enforcement can be summarized as follows:

  • Ownership - Ownership for modular deliverables are assigned to specific owners who assume the responsibility to drive and
    enforce QAMM procedures and ensure that quality is woven into every aspect of solution development.  

  • QA Milestone Gates - Formal QA "Gates" are defined at key milestones throughout the project's development cycle.  At each
    "Gate", QA personnel work with a functional solution to perform a formal "acceptance and evaluation" process to ensure the
    solution meets all documented requirements and expectations for a specific project milestone.  The solution passes through the QA
    Gate when QA personnel sign-off on formal acceptance of solution functionality.  

  • Requirements and Documentation - Requirements and performance expectations and goals are captured and articulated in
    project documentation.  This documentation clearly defines QA requirements at various QA "Gates" in the project development
    cycle and defines the test procedures necessary to fulfill QA Gate requirements.  

  • "Agile" Development with Adaptive QA - Vektrel uses a derivative of the "Agile" development methodology which leverages an
    iterative process of modest, frequent deliverables with subsequent test and evaluation.  At each set of deliverables, Vektrel
    introduces a test and QA cycle that evaluates the delivered elements and adapts QA tests and requirements as necessary to
    ensure QA and test procedures remain highly effective throughout the development cycle.

  • Test Driven Development - Vektrel uses a "test-driven" development process that applies formal, structured testing to all solution
    elements before they are checked into source control or into a system definition model.  This strategy ensures that all solution
    elements are constantly subjected to testing and must pass through a structured test cycle to be accepted as ready for insertion
    into solution source and system control.  

  • Lessons Learned - Vektrel incorporates a structured "Lessons Learned" process that captures valuable project quality information
    and leverages this information to refine and improve its QA procedures over time.  

Vektrel has proven its QA processes by successfully delivering very large-scale IT solutions to Fortune 500 clients.  In every case,
exceptional quality has been a consistent hallmark of Vektrel solutions.  
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Points of Contact

Karen Tanida - Operations / Contracts
(858) 564 0301   x112

Veronica Garcia - CEO / Sales
(858) 564 0301  x111
Home TaskOrders Teammates Quality Assurance Points of Contact
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Background

Vektrel LLC and its team members offer a strategic mix of large
and small businesses that address all functional areas of the
Seaport Enhanced Statement of Work in all seven geographic
Zones.

Vektrel's Seaport-E team offers proven, leading-edge IT solution
engineering with a core expertise focused on the Service
Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Net Centric Enterprise
Services (NCES) that are at the heart of the Navy's Global
Information Grid (GIG) initiatives.