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Product Solution Offering Creation Guide

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This article provides a guide for creating MIKE2.0 Product Solution Offerings. It shows how the Solution Offering maps into the Solution Capabilities of the overall MIKE2.0 methodology as well as into other Solution Offerings on the open methodology site.



Overall Instructions for the Creation Guide
The purpose of a Solution Offering is to:
  • Describe the Solution Offering and show its relationship to other offerings
  • Map the Solution Offering to the Key Elements of the overall open methodology site
  • Assets mapped into the Suite can be open, shared or private assets

A Solution Offering brings together all assets in MIKE2.0 relevant to solving a specific business and technology problem. Many of these assets may already exist and as the suite is built out over time, assets can be progressively added to an Offering.

A Solution Offering contains all the elements required to define and deliver a go-to-market offering. It can use a combination of open, shared and private assets.

Executive Summary

Provide a brief overview and scope of the Solution Offering. Summarize in a few sentences the differentiating features of this technology product set

Solution Offering Purpose

Product Solution Offerings describe an offering that is specific to a commercial or open source product. They map directly to Core Solution Offerings and in some cases also map to Business Solution Offerings.

Whereas other offerings in MIKE2.0 tend to be logical in nature, Product Solutions are physical as they focus on implementation approaches with specific technology products.

Open Source Solution Offerings are used to implement solutions to information management problems, solely through the use of Open Source technologies. Open Source Solution Offerings follow the same template as commercial product solutions.

Open Source products tend to be immature when compared with commercial offerings in the Information Management space – one of the goals of MIKE2.0 is to address this issue by becoming an organizing framework for the use of Open Source technologies.

Provide a brief overview of the Solution Offering, including the scope of the offering

Solution Offering Relationship

MIKE2.0 Product Solutions
Mapping of the Product Solution Offering is done as follows:
  • Show where the solution sits in terms of overall Offering Group mappings by highlighting the relevant Product Solution Offering area.
  • Highlight related Core Solution Offerings.
  • NOTE: once the list of Product Solution Offerings becomes more mature, the context model will be expanded to cover this area in more detail. It is envisaged that Product Solution Offerings will be grouped by vendor and mapping into Core Solution Offerings.

Mapping take place at more detailed level through the tagging of specific MIKE2.0 assets as being relevant to the Solution Offering.

The primary mapping within the suite is to the Foundational Capabilities that make up the underlying assets of the MIKE2.0 Methodology.

Mapping at the Core Solution Offering Level also includes complementary Core Solution Offerings, Business Solution Offerings and Product Solution Offerings.

Solution Offering Definition

This section is used to provide a detailed overview of the Solution Offering.
  • It typically includes population of the sections below.
  • Other sections may also be added but content be kept at a high level

Differentiating Features

Describe some of the key features and key features of this Product Solution Offering

Key Business Problems

Show how this solution help to solve a number of key business problems. Can directly reference Business Solution Offerings within MIKE2.0

Relationship to to Solution Capabilities

Mapping to Overall Implementation Guide

Solution Offerings are mapped to the Overall Implementation Guide in the following fashion:
  • The most important activities required from the Overall Implementation Guide are described specifically in relation to the Offering.
  • This is at a very high level and activities and is not as comprehensive as within a Core Solution Offering.
  • The complete list of required activities shown in the Usage Model for Core Solution Offering is not required

Mapping to the SAFE Architecture Framework

Solution Offerings are mapped to the SAFE Architecture in the following fashion:
  • Map the Offering to the key architectural components of MIKE2.0
  • Also list mapping to high level solution architecture options, architecture design patterns and logical implementation techniques as they related to the product

Mapping to the Information Governance Framework

Solution Offerings are mapped to the Information Governance Framework in the following fashion:
  • Map the Offering to key Information Governance concepts in the suite.
  • Mappings go across people, process, organization and technology.
  • Also links to Information Management Strategy and how the Offering aligns with the concept of Information Development.
  • The mapping is to the open governance framework of the IM Solution Suite.

Mapping to Supporting Assets

Map the Offering to the Supporting Assets within the MIKE2.0 Methodology. Supporting Assets include:
  • Tools and Technique Papers are methods that can be used to speed the implementation process and includes tools such as Information Maturity QuickScan. These assets focus on specific business or technical problems.
  • Deliverable Templates are framework documents that can be used on any project implementation. Unlike tools and techniques papers, which are focused on process, deliverable templates provide a document structure that defines the output of an activity and its tasks.
  • Capability Statements are overview presentations, selling messages, client cases studies, and vendor case studies related to the IM Solution Offering. They encourage users to take the proposed approach.
  • Software Assets are software artifacts that can be used as part of the Solution Suite. Some software assets are held internally whereas others made available through the open source offering. Assets mapped directly into the open source site are also considered software assets.
  • Engagement Management Assets provide recommended team structures, estimating models and starter project plans for conducting information management projects. Engagement management assets are often internal assets, but some of these assets are available on the open methodology site.
  • Project Examples are example deliverables (both document and software-based) that have been used in information development implementations and can help provide guidance for project implementations. Project examples are typically internally held assets.

Supporting Assets may be open, shared or private assets within the IM Solution Suite. A Solution Offering can map to existing Supporting Asset or proposed new Supporting Assets

Relationships to other Solution Offerings


Show where the Offering fits within the MIKE2.0 Methodology in relation to other Offerings:

  • If the Offering has close relationships or dependencies with other offerings, show these within this section. These can be core, product or business offerings.
  • The Suite Content Model can be used to provide a high-level view

Extending the Open Methodology through Solution Offerings

There will be times that Solution Capabilities of MIKE2.0 such as the Overall Implementation Guide, architecture and governance frameworks will contain gaps that will be highlighted by a Solution Offering. In this case it will make sense to add an Extension. Extensions have the following properties:
  • Is of high general value for many different types of projects
  • Is of very high quality
  • Aligns well with the overall approach to Information Development
  • Has gone through an extensive Peer Review process, including a review by the DGMC

The Solution Offering should contain the complete list of gaps and proposed extensions to be added.

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