Center for Enterprise Systems Modernization

CNA’s Center for Enterprise Systems Modernization empowers our clients to make decisions at pace with the speed and scale of their mission by combining extensive experience in system architecture and design with innovative program management techniques to deliver advanced, integrated enterprise systems. We analyze the entirety of systems—the people, the process, the data, and technology—to improve the efficacy of operations through optimized data-driven environments designed to leverage technological advances.

Mission

To optimize our clients’ system and operational performance by delivering innovative enterprise solutions based on a deep understanding of their mission.

Capabilities

Our analysts construct customized system architectures and specifications based on objective analysis of mission needs, provide predictive insights on program performance to keep complex programs on track and deliver actionable recommendations through operational assessments of the enterprise portfolio to achieve strategic goals.

Systems engineering— CNA tailors the systems engineering process to meet each project’s unique features, balancing performance, cost and schedule requirements to meet real-world operational needs. We take a holistic view, identifying how a new system fits into the existing framework, analyzing upstream and downstream impacts of changes, and understanding impacts on all stakeholders. We support programs from the earliest stages of mission analysis through implementation, and are often called upon to turn around struggling programs in progress.

Architecture and design— CNA uses proven systems engineering, architecture and design practices to ensure that we recommend practical solution architectures that are validated to meet operational needs. CNA works directly with government clients by embedding our analysts in their operations, providing a clear view of real-world constraints and improvement opportunities to deliver right-sized solutions that balance capability and cost. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of government programs, we can provide objective insights on solution architectures and technologies with no conflict of interest.

Integrated program management—CNA’s integrated program management (IPM) methodology provides actionable predictive insights on cost performance, scheduling and achievement of project goals. As part of our methodology, CNA uses the ISAAC® tool to enhance standard programmatic data for large software development projects and to detect potential cost or schedule issues sooner than traditional earned value management approaches. CNA’s IPM methodology empowers our clients to solve problems before they occur to ensure successful completion of projects on time and within budget.

Lifecycle acquisition management—CNA has successfully supported some of the nation’s most complex acquisition programs, from securing the homeland and building defense capabilities to renewing the National Airspace System. CNA is a leader in forming and operating Program Management Offices (PMOs) for our clients to coordinate acquisition activities across complex client organizations. Our PMO support includes maintaining cost, schedule and performance control; coordinating with internal and external stakeholders; ensuring quality; and mitigating program risks.

Stakeholder engagement—CNA believes that to help our clients meet their mission, it is critical to ensure the involvement of stakeholders throughout the process to fully understand and define mission objectives, concepts of operation, requirements, data models and user needs. CNA applies a wide range of interactive approaches — from individual interviews to large-scale user research sessions — to facilitate stakeholder engagement that ensures user needs are understood and met.

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CNA's Integrated Program Management Methodology

CNA’s integrated program management (IPM) methodology provides actionable predictive insights on cost, performance, scheduling and achievement of project goals. CNA’s IPM methodology empowers our clients to solve problems before they occur to ensure successful completion of projects on time and within budget.