Architunity® LLC
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About Architunity® LLC

The ABoK™ is governed by Architunity® LLC, an organization formed for just such a purpose. There are no memberships, certifications, fees, or formal protocols to participate. Simply read the body of knowledge, check out the founder Blog, jump into the forum, join the Community, or follow ArchitectureBoK on Twitter. ABoK™ captures what works best and evolves through open exchanges of ideas, information, and analysis.

ABoK™ is most valuable when the organization institutionalizes its governance practices, adopts its principles, organizes and communicates in terms of the technology catalog, and seeks to reuse proven solution assembly patterns. For this reason, founder and president of Architunity®, Ron Bennett, offers two professional services to organizations that set ABoK™ into motion: ABoK™ AdoptionSM and ABoK™ ActionSM. The first establishes the governance bodies and processes that are the foundation for putting ABoK™ in place. The second institutionalizes these best practices by nurturing the governance bodies through delivery of their governance artifacts. Whereas professional services are not required to adopt and appropriately use ABoK™, these service offerings mitigate risk of failure and improve on a potentially huge return for a very small investment.

Architunity® LLC is also involved in the community. Find out more at UFPSFC®.

Architunity® LLC excavates architecture opportunities through innovation. Our expertise is codified in the Architecture Body of Knowledge™ (ABoK™), a collection of governance best practices, automation principles, a technology catalog, and solution assembly patterns. With service offerings like ABoK™ AdoptionSM and ABoK™ ActionSM, we transform organizations into high energy delivery factories.

Opportunities through Discovery

Innovation by Design

 

About the Founder



Ron Bennett is a senior professional services consultant with over thirty years of technology development experience. He began his career modeling complex weather systems on a CRAY supercomputer and studying solar weather effects on Earth. While in the US Navy Submarine Force, LT Bennett qualified nuclear engineer, master training specialist, and initiated a quality management board for the advancement of network technology. He continued programming on DEC PDP 11/60, HP 2000, IBM 360, AIX, Solaris, Linux, and Windows platforms in a multitude of languages such as FORTRAN, COBOL, Pascal, PL/1, Natural, Basic, Visual Basic, C/C++, and Java. As an application and enterprise architect, he was instrumental in strategic development, methodology enablement, project management, requirements modeling, analysis and design, implementation, testing, deployments, technical management, and quality control. He used, improved, and authored approaches to software development, including structured analysis (waterfall), several object oriented methods (e.g., Rational Unified Process; RUP®, Agile methods; Rapid Application Development), and Business Process Modeling (BPM).

In the mid 1990’s, Mr. Bennett lead mergers and acquisitions for the business automation division of a major legal publishing company, authoring conversion processes with standardized interfaces that enabled reuse for years. He solved complicated customer match/merge and address hygiene issues, modernized legacy ADABAS applications into client-server and Web technologies, and designed new customer relationship management automation.

Working at a major healthcare plan as an enterprise architect, he set strategic direction for the provider management, claims processing, member management, and benefit engineering lines of business. He also led the technical development of an SAP R/3 financial and human resources implementation, including the construction of a time accounting Java applet that communicated with SAP Business Application Programming Interfaces (BAPI).

In 2000, he pioneered service oriented architecture through a common service layer that connected multiple channels (e.g., Web, IVR, CRM) to several legacy applications implemented in legacy technologies through a messaging bus. This was later evolved into a collaborative commerce framework.

Within a year, his designs with enterprise Java patterns were implemented using the RUP® method in large scale public assistance case management systems (Title IV-A) now serving tens of thousands of users and millions of recipients for some of the largest states in the United States. These applications include advanced frameworks, code generation, a persistent screen flow driver, custom rules engine, along with database referential and temporal integrity. In 2004, a major state welfare agency asked him to pilot new service oriented technologies as extensions to this core system by introducing a Portal, BPEL Orchestration, Enterprise Service Bus, and a new Web Service layer. He then lead service enablement of Java applications to open processing logic up for multiple channel integration, including new Web self-service, contact center applications, IVR, document imaging, and FAX.

At another state agency, Mr. Bennett adapted a modified iterative waterfall methodology to a top-down BPM approach that included enterprise and service governance processes, modeling traceability through requirements and testing artifacts, service contract and implementation design, frameworks development, and build factory construction techniques, all to enable an incremental renewal of a complex child support system (Title IV-D). The methods included the aspects of business domain, process, technology, program management, and operational governance with assets that defined plans, templates, standards & guidelines. Tools guides tailored vendor products to the methodology and automated development processes, such as publishing service contracts to a registry and deployment of service implementations to hosted environments.

Mr. Bennett’s pragmatic and successful approach to product development and delivery was applied in many critical situations where organization objectives fell short, leading to desirable outcomes and significant return on investment. He implemented quality assurance processes and tools in an agency that went live with a Medicaid claims adjudication application that inappropriately denied nearly all claims, leading to software patches and upgrades that could process the claims correctly. In a prominent health care sciences company, he turned around a failed implementation of a Web application that employed BPEL human task management and asynchronous bulk processing into a model platform for future application development in just 3 months. His work integrating process orchestration, electronic content management, Rich Internet Applications, and advanced enterprise service locator services put a financial services engagement back on track after slipping go-live dates twice. Much of Mr. Bennett’s work leveraged new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools for requirements development, configuration management, change management, and activity tracking. Applying tools appropriately, automating development processes, along with enabling transparency and collaboration on projects were key success factors to righting engagements that were listing.

Strategic development of an organization’s mission, goals, vision for achievement, and following through their realization are Mr. Bennett’s passion. In his over thirty years of technology work, he implemented some of the first network systems in highly classified Department of Defense environments, including submarines. He led a large state in advanced out-of-the-box discussions regarding Health Care Reform, applying extensive domain experience with multi-channel real-time eligibility determination, enrollment, claims adjudication, provider management, actuarial risk assessments, benefit engineering, analytical performance monitoring, and legislation. Participation with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Medicaid Information Technical Architecture (MITA) project and vendors delivering MITA solutions, delivery of eligibility, enrollment, and Medicaid claims adjudication solutions, along with experience working for private health care plans, science, manufacturing, and distributor companies, endows Mr. Bennett the breadth and depth necessary to solve the most challenging strategic problems any health care or public sector organization may face.

The Architecture Body of Knowledge™ encapsulates many years of lessons learned, experience with technology evolution, analysis of industry trends, and understanding of how technology can solve some of the most complex organizational needs. It also breaks down technology into simple to understand services, standards, and components. Mr. Bennett’s background with many industries, technologies, proposals, contracting models, design constraints, and development approaches is distinct, enabling him to share this body of important terms, concepts, principles, best practices, patterns, processes, and solutions that are successful, repeatable, useful, and desirable. These practices turn organizations that manage by crisis into well-oiled machines that achieve predictable outcomes.

To establish a vehicle for the delivery and governance of ABoK™, Mr. Bennett founded the consulting company Architunity® in 2011. This organization promotes the appropriate use of technology in our society. Mr. Bennett holds degrees, qualifications, and certifications in multiple areas, including automation, security, nuclear engineering, physics, astrophysics, and training.

As an author, Mr. Bennett published many white papers, Points of View, and educational materials for firms, vendors, and clients. His presentations include national conferences, such as the CMS MMIS, and vendor road shows. Mr. Bennett is straight forward in his approach and never obfuscates his point with mellifluous marketing terms.

Mr. Bennett lived in California, Minnesota, Colorado, Rhode Island, Florida, Connecticut, Virginia, and Texas. His travels consulting included most of the United States of America. He still dabbles with Astronomy, specifically solar physics, and approaches everything with a spirit of discovery. In his infinite amount of spare time (resulting from temporal displacement wakes), he enjoys everything Star Trek™ and quality time with his wife, two daughters, and son.

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