Deontik actively participates in commercial and academic research giving us visibility beyond the corporate horizon. We can assist with envisioning your future ICT capabilities. Specialties include:
Deontik has extensive experience in enterprise modelling, ethics analysis, enterprise architecture, interoperability analysis and ICT maturity assessment. These tools allow you to capture the complexities of your organisation, ICT services and information assets in a clear, concise and approachable manner.
Talk to us about using these tools and techniques to manage ICT complexity in your organisation or provide you with training.
Deontik maintains strong relationships with academia through active participation in research communities. We can assist you to leverage research outcomes, establish the credibility of your R&D programs, facilitate collaborative projects and build productive relationships with outstanding academics. Our research specialties include:
Deontik drives innovative digital outcomes grounded in advanced research. We leverage research outcomes and our network of academic collaborators to provide services from envisioning and research linkage through to prototyping, solution design and implementation guidance. Our focus areas include:
Deontik also worked with a number of collaborators to develop the EventSwarm framework for real-time analytics. This is available on GitHub under an Apache license.
The panels to the right describe a number of recent Deontik engagements and activities. Contact us for a confidential discussion of your needs.
Deontik was recently engaged by Deon Digital, a Swiss digital contracts and distributed ledger startup, to assist them in enhancing their contract specification language to formalise the legal aspects of the language using deontic constructs for obligation, permission and prohibition.
We carefully analysed the Deon Digital contract language and identified several areas for improvement. This was based on our previous experience and contemporary research in business contracts plus recommendations from the ISO/ITU-T ODP Enterprise Language standard. The ODP standard provides precise expression yet pragmatic support for deontic and accountability concepts needed for the expression of legal semantics.
Deon Digital selected Deontik due to our widely-recognised expertise in the application of deontic logic to electronic contracts. Our understanding of software architecture, distributed ledgers and blockchain technologies also allowed us to provide an expert critique of their existing platform and architecture.
Deontik was recently engaged by Punchh, a loyalty program software startup, to assist them in scaling their software-as-a-service product through evolution from a monolithic ruby-on-rails app to a service-based architecture. Punchh needed to scale not only their software but also their engineering team due to limited availability of resources in Jaipur, their engineering home.
With our guidance and hands-on assistance, Punchh has migrated application features to separate, scalable services. Punchh has also established new engineering teams across three locations to add new features through development of cohesive but autonomous services governed by a set of architecture principles and practices. These new services use fit-for-purpose data storage including both SQL and NoSQL technologies. We also drove the implementation of event sourcing via Kafka to facilitate implementation of shared-nothing services.
Punchh selected Deontik due to our expertise in scalable application architecture and distributed computing.
Deontik was engaged by Arizona State University (ASU) for a project with the Mayo Clinic to build a context-aware clinical application framework.
In this engagement Deontik delivered a meta-model for complex healthcare delivery processes. The meta-model was developed in collaboration with clinicians to precisely capture their cognitive activities and clinical workflows, encompassing underlying systems, resources and a patient context. The patient context included clinical records as well as past and planned activities of clinicians involved in the patient's care. This meta-model builds on contemporary work in ontologies to provide a semantic foundation for a context-aware application framework.
Deontik was selected due to prior contributions in US digital health projects, including the semantic interoperability project at the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), and significant contributions to standards in health informatics, enterprise modelling and distributed computing.
The Deontik principals have made significant contributions to standards over many years, particularly in the area of digital health. This has included:
Our principal Zoran Milosevic is a current member of the HL7 International architecture board, which recognized his expertise in RM-ODP and its enterprise language. Zoran is also co-author of the book Building Enterprise Systems with ODP. Our principal Andrew Berry was the original editor of AS 5552-2013— E-health secure message delivery
is a boutique consultancy founded in 2004. The business builds upon a productive collaboration between Andrew and Zoran first established at DSTC, and leverages their complementary research and commercial experience.
Our name refers to a logic of permissions, prohibitions and obligations developed by philosopher Ernst Mally, also known as deontic logic. We use this logic extensively in our research and in the specification of policies and contracts. The term is derived from the Greek word deon meaning duty or obligation.
Andrew is an outstanding software engineer and architect with a unique understanding of distributed systems and horizontal scalability. He has worked at all levels from backend developer to senior executive across a range industries and has an innate ability to discuss technical topics with a non-technical executive audience. Regardless of this experience, Andrew still likes to build things!
Zoran is a widely recognized authority on enterprise modelling and architecture, digital contracts and digital health, with a recent focus on AI, privacy and ethics. Zoran has provided valued advice to executives and senior management in a range of organisations and sectors. Zoran sits on the HL7 International Architecture Board and is the founder of the IEEE Enterprise Computing Conference (EDOC).