Architecting complex data processing systems to move the Census forward for 2017

Agile Software EngineeringIT Strategy and Architecture | Commerce | Civilian


The Economic Census involves collecting and processing information from more than 21 million businesses (including non-employers and administrative records data).  Moving forward to 2012 and beyond, the leadership realized that program needed to evaluate the architecture of the system and determine a new target-state.  The Economic Directorate, which manages the Economic Census that is conducted every 5 years, approached Octo Consulting Group to provide a target-state architecture for the program and address other critical issues related to a brittle architecture and lack of IT standards and architecture. 

Our Approach

Octo consulting took an "Enterprise Architecture" perspective when supporting this customer. The project started with a comprenensive assessment of the current-state of the business and criticla business needs that would become the drivers for any target-state architecture decisions. It was followed by an alternatives analysis of conceptual architectures, followed by the definition of a more detailed solution architecture for the program. Octo supported the definition of target-state standards using facilitated sessions and helped create architecture governance boards by bridging executives and technologists.


Created the first Enterprise Architecture for the Economic Census, developed a comprehensive business capabilities document that was agreed to by the business, and provided hands-on advisory support leading to the successful Proof of Concept and planning for a 5-year modernization effort.