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Seaport Enhanced Team Members & Capabilities/Experience

Functional Area 2: Engineering, System Engineering and Process Engineering Support

Engineering Process Support

Afilon helped IRS Modernization Information Technology System (MITS) to achieve their stated objectives by performing a variety of engineering studies, such as technical evaluations, development of process and guidance, architecture impact assessments, risk analysis studies, and evaluating performance and sizing analysis. Examples are:

MeF: Afilon conducted workload volumetric studies that served as the basis for the physical and software design, and to assess the performance robustness of the designs and the as-built MeF. Also, Afilon developed a performance engineering model of MeF, a complex multi-tier multi-technology and geographically distributed application, to determine if the MeF application and infrastructure is flexible and scalable enough to handle the workload projections and demanding response time requirements.

IRFOF: Afilon supported the IRS in managing the baseline of Enterprise Life Cycle (ELC) deliverables. When deviations occurred, we prepared studies that documented risk assessments, assisted in managing the risks, and when necessary, prepared waiver requests and followed them through the signature process and get-well plans.

eService: Afilon conducted a performance evaluation of e-Services to estimate expected performance metrics values (external workload, internal throughputs and response times/latencies as specified in the IRS EA Performance Reference Model). We also conducted studies to determine the architecture impact of eService software upgrades (e.g., PeopleSoft).

Systems Engineering

Afilon helped IRS’s MITS to evaluate the business and technical architecture of MeF and e-Services projects. The work effort for this activity included:

  • Identifying gaps and inconsistencies among the systems and providing recommendations for resolving the related integration issues.
  • Assisted the monitoring/reporting of MeF and e-Services and Current Production Environment (CPE) Projects.
  • Provided environment enhancement recommendations to MIST System Engineering staff to accommodate the enhancements/changes to MeF, e-Services, and CPE Projects.
  • Reviewed, designed and helped build new system interfaces.
  • Created system capabilities in support of critical requirements.
  • Prepared briefing and/or dashboard status presentations to IRS management on the impact of the changes in MeF, e-Srvices, and CPE Project implementation progress.
  • Assessed the overall system architecture and conducted performance engineering analysis of MeF by reviewing the architectural and engineering design. Performed database engineering analysis and maped its configuration to the physical and logical design to validate good engineering practices.
  • Developed test plans that addressed MeF functionality, performance, availability, capacity and security. Supported the developed test scenarios, test algorithms, managed tests and assessed test results. Drafted the performance test result for MeF and presented them to EA for approval.

Enterprise Life Cycle Support (ELC)

Afilon gathered and analyzed the information needed to define, develop, implement, document, administer, maintain and evaluate the results of e-Services project life cycle process implementation. Afilon looked at e-Services Change Requests and project information artifacts including, but not limited to, project schedules, status reports, requirements document, test plans, defect reports to include defect resolution, project test reports, to perform project life cycle support. Afilon worked directly with the business, developers and stakeholders at all levels and appropriately coordinate among all stakeholders and other organizations in order to evaluate the status of the project implementation and its compliance with the ELC.

Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Services

For MeF: Afilon performed IV&V on the quality of contractor’s performance and consistency with Federal guidelines and IRS Business System Modernization requirements and proposed corrective action when necessary. For example, Afilon evaluated that:

·         All requirements were consistent with corresponding enterprise level elements such as: project business processes and functional requirements are derived from IRS business processes; performance requirements meet IRS performance goals; data requirements are derived from IRS data architecture; and security and privacy requirements are consistent with IRS Security and Privacy policy, guidelines, and plan.

·         Project’s proposed interfaces are consistent with enterprise level interfaces and other projects it interfaces with and use technology that is consistent with that specified by IRS EA.

·         Initial project plan exists and a life cycle schedule has been developed. Project plan is consistent with EA release schedule and BSM priorities.

·         Project “As Is” state can scale to project “To Be” in alignment with EA “As Is” and “To Be” states.

·         Project is properly integrated with other key IRS systems and applications such as the Master File, Modernized Tax Return Data Base, IRS Registered User’s Portal, and Employee User Portal.

·         Project future releases are consistent with EA Transition Strategy.

For e-Services Afilon performed the following IV&V activities:

a. Assessed if the Detail Design Document properly provides a high-level description of the e-Services releases design, also determining the quality of the detail design as it applies to the activities required to maintain the integrity/continuity of e-Services releases.

b. Assessed if the Performance Engineering Model View provides the underlying analysis of usage requirements supporting the selection and configuration of the e-Services architecture. Assessed if the expected performance of the architectural components are impacted by the expected end-user usage rates. We validated the configuration of the e-Services architecture focusing on: number of servers, routers, and other hardware components comprising the physical infrastructure; type of equipment to be used for the testing and production environments; and the hardware and software specifications for the equipment.

c. Analyzed if the Systems Engineering Model View adequately describes the systems architecture components needed to support the e-Services project

d. Assessed if the Technology Model View clearly describes the hardware, system software, and network components needed to support the e-Services infrastructure.

e. Determined if the Application Model View properly describes the overall application architecture or the major building blocks of application software for each e-Services product

f. Evaluated if the Business Process Model View properly decomposes the business processes that make up each product within e-Services; if it clearly describes these processes, identifies the events to which the business (and systems) must respond.

g. Examined if the Data Model View comprehensively depicts views of e-Services database structures. These structures include data tables, attributes, views, triggers, and stored procedures.

System Enhancements

Afilon supported the analysis of requirements/changes specified in e-Services change requests. First we obtained and understood the requirements and decided, in conjunction with the stakeholder, (previous determination of their impact to cost and schedule) whether to implement the requirement, defer it to a later release, or reject it. We supported development application testing documentation to verify and validate all modifications made to the application. We implemented an Internal Quality Control that validates and verifies that the deliverables meet the IRS business and technical requirements and that the overall activities follow the CMM process, and are compliant with the Enterprise Architecture and follow the Enterprise Life Cycle. Afilon: 1) validated maintenance and enhancement plans in conformity to the ELC, 2) validated that enhancements and modifications were compliant with the Enterprise Architecture, 3) Participated in Engineering Review Board. Our team provided support in software installation for both the testing and production environments.

For Robins AFB, 566 CBSS/GBLD, Program Office: Afilon performed IV&V on Test Program Sets (TPSs) and other authorized Benchtop Reconfigurable Automatic Tester (BRAT) program development efforts to ensure quality, accuracy, consistency, and compliance to specifications. The TPSs being developed were for the E-3 AWACS, RC-135, and A-10 weapon systems. Afilon reviewed the UUT's (Unit Test) source data, Contract Data Requirements List (CDRLS), and the technical data generated by various TPS Developers in order to minimize software and hardware errors and improve product quality prior to the final TPS delivery (including associated Interface Test Adapters (ITAs) and data.

Afilon provided IV&V support for all phases of TPS development from definition of initial requirements to end item delivery and final contract test reports. This included delivering reports with comments and recommendations detailing the findings of Post Award Conferences, Technical Interchange Meetings , Guidance Conferences, Software Design Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Test Readiness Review, Functional Configuration Audit, Physical Configuration Audit, Final Integration Acceptance Testing, technical order reviews, requirement reviews, and other program activities supporting the scope of the contract. Afilon analyzed the TPS Developer’s products and provided the Government with reports which included quality certification of all documents; source code analysis for maintainability; life cycle and projected product flexibility studies; testing and test certification of components and products; stress testing of prototype and delivered systems; and long term maintenance testing to ensure contract standards continue to be met.

As part of the IV&V engineering support provide to the US Air Force, Afilon developed and maintained the TMS, a web-based system, as a tool to facilitate IV&V efforts. It provided real time Discrepancy Tracking resolution, Integrated Process Team collaboration, Action Item Tracking and Notification, Configuration Management, Automated E-mail Notifications, Secure multi-level internet access, Audit Trail and Traceability, and report generation.

Afilon Capabilities/Experience
Engineering, System Engineering and Process Engineering Support
Modeling, Simulation, Stimulation, and Analysis Support
Configuration Management (CM) Support
Quality Assurance (QA) Support
IS/IA/IT - Information System (IS) Development, Information Assurance (IA), and Information Technology (IT) Support
Measurement Facilities, Range, and Instrumentation Support
Program Support

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