Simple, no nonsense, pragmatic enterprise architecture framework
TRAK is a general systems-thinkers'/system-centric enterprise architecture framework. It is simple, user-friendly, pragmatic and not limited to IT. TRAK has won an INCOSE award and is also a finalist in the 2011 IET innovation awards.
TRAK allows you to describe a system, its parts (which can include people, software, other systems and physical things) and how it relates to the residual world. It covers everything from the enterprise and its goals to the concept to the procurement of the solution via projects and the introduction or withdrawal of the system from service.
TRAK is a derivative of MODAF but is based on ISO/IEC 42010 - the international standard for architecture description. There is a minimal process in which the architect selects the viewpoints (specifications for views) that address the task sponsor's concerns. It has rules that ensure that the description is consistent and also readable by the non technical audience. You don't have to be a softie or a tecc
- simple, pragmatic, no nonsense, just "good enough" way of addressing typical concerns (not populating a data model)
- designed by systems engineers for others & based on need / typical application
- general TRAK introduction
- important ideas
- standards affecting TRAK
- choosing an architecture description language
- conformance/non-conformance with TRAK
- TRAK architecture perspectives
- use of colour in TRAK
- TRAK Bye Laws (consistency, user interface for views and architecture descriptions)
- TRAK minimal modelling process
- designed to be used with TRAK Viewpoints (http://trakviewpoints.sf.net) and TRAK Metamodel (http://trakmetamodel.sf.net) documents (also on Sourceforge)
- specification for implementation of TRAK architecture description elements in a tool or ADL
- mapping of architecture description language [ADL] (e.g. UML) to TRAK.
- mapping TRAK and TRAK-conforming AD to ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010:2011
TRAK is great for putting an extra layer of real-world meaning onto models that might otherwise be quite hard to grasp.
I use TRAK and I like it. Its easy to get started, brings great clarity to my work and makes it easy to share with others.