A complete guide to the architecture process in Homeland Security.

Homeland Security guide for Solution Architecture. [Part-2]

Detailed graphics description.

mim Armand
15 min readFeb 22, 2022
This article is part 2 of a short, personal summary/brief made from the document published by The Department of Homeland Security Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO) and HSSEDI, titled GUIDE FOR CREATING USEFUL SOLUTION ARCHITECTURES.

To make it easier to read and reference, we divided this article into 3 parts:

In part 1, we started debriefing a very interesting but long article from Homeland Security Enterprise Business Management Office (EBMO) about solutions architecture. Here we will continue the work.

This part:

Detailed description of SA graphics with examples.

Please make sure you read part 1, but here is an overall view of all the required graphics in an SA, next we will explain in detail and example each part.

Solution Architecture Construct

1. Conceptual Solution Architecture:

Solution vision + solution context. Captures the big-picture view of the whole solution, with the basis for analyses and trade-off studies.

The following sections describe these graphics. While they are all required, specific content should be tailored to meet the needs of each program’s scope, complexity, key performance parameters (KPPs), and requirements.

1–1. Business Process Graphic:

Provides a mission perspective of the solution’s core capabilities to guide design, development, and validation of the solution, and to ensure that the solution satisfies its mission needs. In addition, it provides a functional perspective of the solution’s business activities, enabling management to use the Solution Architecture to identify enhancements to operations. For a more detailed description, review the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) standard



mim Armand

Sr Solutions Architect / Technology evangelist and Consultant / Teacher of the Full-Stack Web development courses at Washington University in st. Louis