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The C2 view provides the high-level scope for the architecture and a strategic context for the capabilities the architecture contains. In essence it describes the end-state for any business transformation activity.
The purpose of an C2 is to provide a strategic context for the capabilities described in the architecture and to specify the scope for the architecture.
The C2 is high-level and describes the vision, goals, enduring tasks and capabilities using terminology that is easily understood by non-technical readers.
- Capture and communication of the strategic vision related to capability evolution.
- Identify the capabilities required to meet the vision and goals
- Identify the required timescales for the capabilities (as opposed to Cr which provides a summary of when projects are estimated to deliver capability)
- Identify any enduring tasks the enterprise performs
Detailed Product Description
The C2 defines the strategic context for a group of capabilities described in the architecture by outlining the vision for an enterprise over a bounded period of time. It describes the high level goals and strategy for the enterprise, and the level of capability the enterprise is expected to achieve over time.
An C2 can provide the blueprint for a transformational initiative, by showing the expected capabilities that phases of an enterprise will exhibit.
C2s may also be textual descriptions of the overarching objectives of the transformation or change programme that the Enterprise is engaged in. Of key importance is the identification of Enterprise Goals, together with the desired outcomes and measurable benefits associated with these.
The C2 only shows the capabilities exhibited by enterprises; it does not show how the enterprise is structured in order to deliver those capabilities – L2 Logical Scenario, is used to define the logical structure of the enterprise, and the individual logical nodes in the enterprise that deliver the capability. SV-1 & OV-4 are used to show the physical and organisational structure of the enterprise.
The Vision Statement in a C2 view may be structured in such a way as to express the required capabilities, desired effects and enterprise goals:
The Enterprise Goals and Capabilities are ‘enduring’, that is they are intended to provide an enduring framework across the lifetime of the enterprise that is being modelled. An Enterprise, on the other hand, is essentially time-bounded; it has a start and end date. It is broken into a set of phases for capability planning purposes. The time periods associated with these phases are sometimes referred to as ‘epochs’ by military planners although NAF does not use this specific terminology.
It is sometimes necessary in NAF to identify one Enterprise Phase as being that represents the ‘As Is’ capability of the Enterprise.
Within the C2, certain Enterprise Goals are identified. These goals relate to the entire enterprise lifetime, they are not specific to an Enterprise Phase. Each goal may optionally include attributes associated with the measurable outcomes that relate to it – this is intended to provide a high-level link between enterprise management and benefits management.
As indicated in the figure above, a C2 may optionally also define a set of sub-enterprises that the enterprise of interest has. This is important within a collaborative architecting community as it could be that a different organisation or team has responsibility for modelling one of the sub-enterprises.
Key Elements and Their Relationships
The data in an C2 can include:
- Enterprise Vision.
- Enterprise Phase.
- Enterprise Goals.
- Enduring Task.
The detailed meta-model for C2 can be viewed here