26 October, 2012 
In This Issue:

InsightInsight 2013: Vitech's User Group Event    


Start planning today to join us and other industry leaders at Insight 2013! Far more than a traditional user group, Insight 2013 offers a unique opportunity to connect, discover, and engage in the application and advancement of advanced systems engineering approaches.   From April 24-26, practicing systems engineers, methodology experts, model-based specialists, and industry leaders from the Vitech user community and beyond will gather at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.


Insight 2013 features:

  • Prominent industry keynotes on the state of the art and the future of SE
  • MBSE and product training/education
  • Customer case studies
  • Panel discussions
  • Networking with peers
  • Industry insights and applications of CORE and GENESYS
  • Vitech product updates and more!

More information, early registration, and ticket pricing will be available on November 1st, so mark your calendar and SAVE the Date. Tickets will go fast, so we encourage you to reserve your space early. If you have immediate questions or comments, please contact us at insight2013@vitechcorp.com for more information. We look forward to seeing you in 2013! 

callforpapersShare Your Ideas and Innovations 
at Insight 2013  
Great content is the foundation of every technical conference, and Insight 2013 is no different. We have wonderful keynotes, panels, and tutorials scheduled to address the practice and future of systems engineering, MBSE, CORE and GENESYS. But we want your insights as well. We invite you to share your ideas on a broad range of systems engineering topics and experiences including:
  • Best practices in requirements management, behavior, system architecture, and V&V
  • Innovative approaches and case studies in MBSE and model-driven engineering
  • Improving the connection between project management and systems engineering
  • Lean and adaptive systems engineering
  • Experience reports, case studies, and application techniques for CORE and GENESYS
  • SE in "non-traditional" domains
  • Integrating MBSE with the enterprise
  • Developing the next-generation of systems engineers
  • Organizational reports on deploying SE practices
  • Next-generation SE research
  • University case studies

Conference presentations will be 30 minutes in length followed by 5 minutes for audience Q&A. Formal papers are not required but will be accepted and published alongside presentations. The lead for each presentation will receive free registration to Insight 2013.


All those interested are asked to submit an abstract of up to 2 pages (including the author's biography) to insight2013@vitechcorp.com by December 14. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by January 11 with final presentations due April 8. We look forward to integrating your approaches and innovations in Insight 2013!

electionDavid Long Running for INCOSE President-Elect 


As many will recall, the International Council on Systems Engineering was struck by tragedy when INCOSE President-Elect David Wright died on July 20 just one week after the International Symposium in Rome. Rather than appointing a successor, the Board of Directors opted to place the position - President-Elect in 2013, President in 2014/2015 - on this fall's ballot. We're pleased to announce that our president David Long, a 20 year INCOSE member and long-time leader, has chosen to run.


Committed to advancing the practice of systems engineering, Vitech has a long history of service with INCOSE. David served on the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter Board of Directors for six years, including a term as president. Following his chapter presidency, David was elected as the first chair of the INCOSE Member Board in 2003, continuing his commitment to INCOSE chapters and members around the world. He served on INCOSE's Board of Directors from 2003 through 2007 as Member Board Chair, Director for Communications, and finally Director for Strategy. David continues to support INCOSE events worldwide, delivering keynotes and tutorials spanning introductory systems engineering, the advanced application MBSE, and the future of systems engineering.


If elected, David has committed to follow through on the journey his colleague David Wright began to advance INCOSE's membership, the systems engineering discipline, and  leadership role. To do this and do it well, David wants INCOSE to take the next step in its evolution, complementing volunteer passion and knowledge with professional support and adopting a truly global mentality.


We encourage you to read David's full vision and bio - as well as those for all INCOSE candidates. This is a critical time for INCOSE, so we encourage all members to cast their vote in this fall's election. Balloting opens on November 1 and closes November 22, so please make sure your voice is heard. 



Are you seeking additional insight into the evolving practice of systems engineering? Vitech's 'A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering' introduces and explores the basics of sound system design in a stepped, building block format. 
An electronic copy of the MBSE Primer is available as a free download on our website. This 124-page second edition (hard copy available on  Amazonhas been rewritten to bring in new examples and concepts. The MBSE Primer covers the basic concepts of MBSE, including:  the Model, Language, Behavior, Process, Architecture, and finally Verification and Validation. It addresses the foundations of MBSE in a way designed to benefit the newcomer and the experienced practitioner alike.


To receive more information about the MBSE Primer including excerpts from the book, information about the authors, and training opportunities for your team, visit our website and  receive a free e-copy today!

Upcoming Webinar Oct 30th:
Discover the Power of Iterative Interviews in Modeling Existing Systems


Register for this 45 minute webinar, which focuses on skills and techniques for iterative interviews and provides practice tips drawn from actual experience!


Increasingly, systems engineers are challenged to develop models of existing systems. This is critical in developing replacement systems for legacy products or processes (reverse engineering), building improved systems in situ (middle-out engineering) as well as for developing a comprehensive understanding of context systems.  This presentation discusses the iterative interview approach for these issues, the necessary skills and techniques to model existing systems and provides practice tips from actual experience.


Five things you will learn:

  • Iterative interview approach
  • Practice tips
  • Rapid model construction
  • How to be responsive to the needs of the stakeholders
  • Simple powerful techniques for a clear picture of systems being modeled

Developing models of existing systems can be uniquely challenging as the systems engineering team must study and document physical architectures and processes not as they were designed but as they actually exist and operate in their environments.  Zane Scott will present how by using a series of iterative interviews combining the SIPOC framework from Six Sigma with the layered approach to mastering complexity it is possible to rapidly develop a clear picture of systems in operation. The resulting model is developed with a strong ownership interest on the part of system stakeholders - an interest that obviates the need for "back-end" selling of proposed changes and modifications to the system owners. Improvements developed from models "owned" by the stakeholders have a high rate of acceptance among those stakeholders over changes introduced by experts who have "studied" the system and its needs.

Vitech Welcomes New Business Development Team Members 


In order to better accommodate our ever-expanding customer base and strong growth in the early part of 2012, Vitech has recently hired a Vice President of Business Development and Marketing and two new account executives. We are pleased to welcome Jim Obermayer, Mac Nachlas and Warren Smith to the Vitech team.


James Obermayer

James W. Obermayer has been with the company since January of 2012 as a Sales and Marketing Manager and has very recently assumed the position of Vice President of Business Development and Marketing.  His career has been equally divided between sales and marketing positions. He has served as VP, Worldwide Sales at an enterprise software company, an internet services company, Senior Vice President for two industry-leading inquiry management firms and Vice President of Marketing for a medical device manufacturer. He has also been Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a B2B direct marketing agency.

Obermayer is an author/co-author of four books and speaker on subjects of sales enablement and marketing ROI. In addition, he has written more than 95 articles on sales and marketing management. He is a frequent speaker for corporations and also national and regional conferences. He is the founder of the world-wide 4600 member Sales Lead Management Association. Obermayer comes to Vitech from Sales Leakage Consulting, Inc. He has a BA from the University of Illinois.


Obermayer's expertise in marketing and sales of high-tech software and hardware products will be put to good use as Vitech expands its presence in the U.S.


Warren Smith Warren Smith

Warren Smith has taken over serving Vitech Customers and new users across the southeast and southwest regions of the United States.

Warren B. Smith, Senior Account Executive, has been a systems engineer for 25 years. He has worked in many facets of the field, including leading systems engineering teams, teaching systems analysis for university extension programs, working for SE tool organizations. He even started and operated his own model-based systems engineering (MBSE) company, which grew to 7 employees at its height.


Mr. Smith has performed all aspects of systems engineering work, from requirements analysis and behavioral and physical architectures to verification and validation. He has worked in both the functional and object-oriented domains, and has working expertise with a wide variety of systems including: military vehicles, battle management, munitions, space, helicopter training systems, amusement park rides, medical devices and IT. He has worked on systems comprised of components spanning electronics, mechanical, software, logistics and training elements.

Mac Nachlas

Mac Nachlas has assumed the position of Federal Account Executive covering Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Mac is a successful sales and business development executive who has been serving the Federal Government market for over 20 years.
After a career in manufacturing, he has held sales positions with large enterprise software providers and served as Director of Federal Programs for a successful start-up. Mr. Nachlas is active in local AFCEA chapters, serves as Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Service and Volunteerism and on the Community Advisory Board for Baltimore Public Radio WYPR. He holds a certificate in industrial engineering and a pilot's license for hot air balloons.  
todaystipToday's Tip: Displaying Definitions


New CORE users who are still learning our system definition language may find it helpful to toggle on the Display Definitions setting in User Preferences. This setting controls whether schema descriptions are shown as an added guide to the system definition language. If display definitions is toggled ON, when the mouse hovers over an attribute, class, or relationship label, tip text will display the schema description for that object.



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Webinar Schedule 


The Power of Iterative Interviews In Modeling Existing Systems

30 Oct, 3pm EDT


Reduce Risk and Go Beyond Requirements

29 Nov, 3pm EST

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Upcoming Industry Events  


Come hear from our team and see the latest from Vitech as we present and exhibit at these conferences around the world.
Insight 2013 User Group Event
(Details Coming Soon)
24-26 April 2013
Westfields Marriott 
Chantilly, Virginia

We are seeking talented professionals to join our organization. If Vitech sounds like the type of place where you would like to work, please contact us.


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