Architecture and Design Services Case Study

Technical Architecture and Design Services for a Large-User Enterprise Data Center


IBM Global Business Services, US Public Sector

Project Highlights

  • Created future vision architecture for Citrix to expedite delivery of new products and services to Enterprise Data Center while meeting customer’s cost and risk reduction objectives.
  • Defined current and future vision enterprise architecture, including traceability from business and IT strategies to suggested technologies.
  • Analyzed legacy applications and systems to derive required business functions and rules from existing applications.
  • Coordinated with architects and business experts across IS to translate key strategic objectives into actionable and governable roadmaps and designs.
  • Analyzed business and technology changes, assessed costs, and suggested solutions.
  • Designed and executed proofs-of-concept for critical enterprise capabilities, including building business case with costs, benefits, and efficiency measures.
  • Assisted senior architects in developing current and to-be systems architecture artifacts.
  • Performed requirements definitions, system analysis and design, interface and data architectures, lifecycle cost analysis and estimation, and governance.
  • DataLOGIC met schedule requirements and the project was performed within budget.

Case Description

DataLOGIC provided an unprecedented depth and breadth of knowledge to IBM and its customer the USDA Forest Service as they deployed Enterprise Data Centers. The DataLOGIC team was responsible for providing architecture, design and implementation advice and guidance on technologies from Microsoft, Citrix, IBM, ESRI and other vendors. The structure of our team allowed for a productive and responsive level of support.

The DataLOGIC team coordinated activities and reviewed configurations for the hardware, software and network, developed the project plan that took the project through requirements, design, development, test and deployment phases, and worked seamlessly with IBM and USDA Forest Service staff to implement the project plan and manage changes to the project. A sample of work tasks included designing and implementing Microsoft Server Active Directory Structure, Group Policies and Terminal Services, Citrix License Manager, Web Interface, XenApp, EdgeSight and Installation Manager.

The DataLOGIC team developed IT/GIS architectures to support targeted customer geospatial strategies. Working with industry partners including IBM, Citrix and ESRI, a set of strategic objectives and requirements were developed to meet the Forest Service’s geospatial needs. These objectives included infrastructure capacity requirements, product integration and systems implementation; as well as virtualized applications and desktops, and spatial data strategies. These geospatial strategies helped guide the USDA Forest Service in transitioning from desktop to server and will be used as they move towards cloud alternatives.

Client Satisfaction Highlights

  • The agency was very satisfied with the quality of services offered.
  • There were no cost overruns.
  • DataLOGIC met project benchmarks and schedules from project inception.