Integrating Air Force Distributed Common Ground System Platform Technology

The Challenge

The AF DCGS System Program Office needed to integrate two different platform technology processes, the ITIL Service Transition Process and the Blue Baseline Process, to improve the overall efficiency of both models. As result, process testing methodology had to be developed and implemented, and a team with cohesive knowledge of both processes and associated tools needed to be assembled.

AF DCGS had several challenges with this task. A variety of different process models were used by staff members, which affected cohesiveness. The program office was also new to ITI, and had a limited window of time to develop a solution.

The Vision

The program office sought to streamline processes and reduce the time required to deliver new capabilities and improvements to the warfighter. The client also wanted to improve and expand the ability to manage and track change across the AF DCGS enterprise.

The Noblis Qualifier

The team at Noblis ESI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Noblis, had a cohesive knowledge of both platform technology processes that the AF DCGS client sought to integrated. As result, Noblis ESI uniquely qualified to partner with the program to ensure a seamless integration.

The Solution

Noblis ESI’s team partnered with the Air Force to integrate new process and tools into the Blue Baseline Process. Existing automated workflow and asset management tools were integrated, as well as the Service Asset and Configuration Management, Change Management, and Release Management processes. This automation increases the ease of overall management, and ensures accurate Configuration Management across the AF DCGS Enterprise.

As result of Noblis ESI’s partnership with AF DCGS, the time for changes to the weapon systems was reduced by more than 30%. This dramatically improved the AF DCGS Program Management Office’s ability to identify, control, record, report, audit and verify service assets, reducing time for fielding changes. Our collaborative approach provided a ‘live-view’ of the steps, roles and interactions of the three processes, which has become the AF DCGS’s preferred method for the development and demonstration of new processes.

The implementation of new processes also enhanced the ability to manage and protect the integrity of service assets and configuration items through the service lifecycle by ensuring only authorized components are used and only authorized changes are made to the weapon system. The employment of these processes establishes and maintains an accurate and complete Configuration Management System for the AF DCGS Enterprise.

The Future

This award-winning methodology has already become a preferred method for the development and demonstration of new processes throughout the C2ISR Division and was used during the Incident Management and Request Fulfilment process development and integration. In the future, Noblis’ process testing methodologies with any future process deliverables that would benefit from rigorous testing.