The DISIC (Interministerial Directorate for Information and Communications Systems) is attached to the SGMAP (Secretariat-General for Government Modernization, under the control of the Prime Minister).
It is responsible for the transformation of the government information systems and of their convergence.
It is in this context that the government information systems department supports the development of a French enterprise architecture method. This is why it supports the initiative for a public method.
CEISAR (Center of Excellence in Enterprise Architecture) shares common beliefs. It expresses them through a platform in seven points.
CEISAR recommends structuring the operational model into three models, as show in the figure below. Like Praxeme, it isolates an abstract model, upstream from the organization and the processes. This approach is essential to ensure innovation in the organization and the quality of the information system. The arrows on this diagram show the links or determinations. The equivalences with the aspects of the Enterprise System are easily established.
The components of the operational model as defined by CEISAR and their Praxeme equivalences.
The Prunay group (Eurisk, Eurexo…) is specialized in insurance claims services. In order to standardize the information systems of its different subsidiaries, Christophe Maroni, its IS director, has launched a semantic modeling assignment. Its purpose is to extract the common core that can then be shared between claims domains, in particular construction and damages.
In 2013, the initiative for an open method took a number of significant steps forward:
- on the one hand, as regards publicizing efforts, with particularly important contacts in the public sector and the joining of large services and consulting companies;
- on the other hand, as regards content, with the first publications of Praxeme version 2.
Work in progress
Three projects are underway:
- the development of the Praxeme certification, financed by APMG International;
- the incorporation of the Performance Tree approach, by Georges Garibian;
- the drafting of terminological procedures by professor Loïc Depecker.
The General guide, version 2, is ready in French and in English. The final review is almost finished. Two additional chapters will complete this guide on questions linked to transformation, with the formalization of the support materials presented during the members-only training course “Praxeme Competences”. In addition to the projects mentioned above, topics that we will tackle this year – through our workshops or publications – cover MDM, SOA, enterprise transformation, the digital enterprise, the evolution of IS urbanization, and modeling tooling.
With regards to this last subject, I am pleased to remind you that Softeam, the co-founding company of the Praxeme Institute, has renewed its offer to members around the Modelio tool.
Our subjects remain challenging, therefore not always popular; our ideals on rationality and rigor do not always receive the echo they should in our professional environments. However, an increasing number of signs seem to suggest an awareness, even an expectation, which leads us to believe in a return to voluntary and controlled design. The transformation engineering that we promote, the modeling techniques for which our association has acted as keeper, are in the process of finding favor among decision-makers, concerned with current challenges.
And so today, more than ever, the initiative for an open method needs all the support it can get, both yours and that of your companies. This support can be shown by:
- joining the association;
- participating in our work and events;
- mobilizing efforts and helping in the running of the association.
The form and instructions for joining are available on the wiki.