The DoDAF 2 specification is now mandated by the Department of Defense for new undertakings. We have all been working in DoDAF 1.5 for many years with System Architect supporting both variants of DoDAF 1.5 (Standard and Activity Based Modeling or ABM).
We all saw the change to the DoDAF 2 standard coming. Our customers in government, the A&D community and IBM have been participants in the DoDAF 2 Working Group since its beginnings and the change to the DoDAF 2 standard is not a surprise.
However, many of our customers have models in DoDAF 1.5 that they have been reusing across projects and initiatives for many years. Customers have improved and updated their models over time to incorporate new requirements and both operational and system advances. Reuse was a major objective of DoDAF and, judging by the demand for a migration to DoDAF 2 by our customers, that was accomplished. In fact, our customers are expecting to continue to reuse and advance their existing models in DoDAF2.
Despite the customer use differences and the conceptual and technical differences between DoDAF 1.5 and DoDAF2, an automated migration was needed. Our customers, both in the DoD and A&D, made it clear that they needed to continue making use of their existing model assets while complying with the Department of Defense directive to use DoDAF2.
I recently had a discussion on an internet radio chat about using the System Architect Migration Toolkit to migrate DoDAF 1.5 models to DoDAF2. You can listen to the chat here– the link should auto-send you to chat #206, Using the DoDAF 2 Migration Toolkit to Migrate Your DoDAF 1.5 Models to DoDAF 2.0.