ERA™ Addresses Specific Government Challenges
As described in our Government Focus – Challenges
section, the typical government enterprise is
faced with its own set of challenges and constraints.
On the one hand, and similar to the military sector,
it does not have the flexibility of the commercial
sector regarding its mission. Unfortunately, and
unlike the military, it is doubly burdened because
its mission is not seen as immediately critical
to the safety and security of the nation. This
leaves many government organizations threatened
by the prospect of privatization. Commercial organizations
are usually not burdened by the regulation and
red tape that creates inertia within the government
enterprise. As a result, the government organization
might see it as “not even a fair fight.”
Can help the Government Organization Maximize
What Flexibility it Has
The government organization must do the best it
can, given the flexibility that it does have.
ERA™ can help it do just that. ERA™
is a holistic approach that leverages the latest
in industry and academic research and development
and can help government organizations address
their special needs and constraints.
and Procurement – ERA™ was
conceptualized in a military environment and,
as such, is an expert tool for working in and
around the maze of regulations and discriminators
that are involved in every government procurement.
ERA™ methods can use these constraints as
design attributes to achieve the highest level
of enterprise performance while continuing to
operate under them. Optimizing an enterprise is
much easier when all the variables are free to
adjust as needed. But when an enterprise (such
as government) must take so many variables as
fixed, inflexible and simply non-negotiable, the
task of optimization is both more difficult and
more important. Don’t try to do this manually.
ERA™ can help you find your way through
Modeling and Performance Measurement –
Whether it’s being at the mercy of government
election cycles or being the victim of sudden
events or bad press, the government organization
must be ever prepared to answer questions such
• How do we adjust if our mission focus
is changed or merged with another agency?
• What if our funding is cut, or, how do
we justify our budget?
• How do we maximize our value to the greatest
number of constituents?
• How do we propose a budget increase that
we can back up with legitimate data?
• How do we arm ourselves with pertinent
data when it’s time to negotiate labor agreements?
• What do we tell the Congress sub-committee
when it asks what we’re doing to improve?
ERA™ can help the government organization
reengineer its enterprise architecture so that
it can better measure what it does well and what
must be improved upon. ERA™ can also perform
“what-if” scenario modeling so that
the government organization can quickly determine
the potential effect of budget decreases or increases.
Armed with that information, the organization
leadership is in a much better position to defend
or propose its budget. Taxpayers will no longer
accept on faith, that government is doing all
it can to be efficient and effective. ERA™
will allow the government executive to collect,
measure and present real performance data.