EA for all Stakeholders
Organizations need better tools to build up a common platform upon which business and IT is able to cooperate and come up with better and innovative solutions.
The capacity to gather information from different sources and produce consolidated architectural maps easy to understand suitable to each stakeholder is one aspect that makes EAMS the right tool for both business and IT.
EA for IT Governance
How EAMS helps align Business needs and IT efforts
Start with a flexible IT Catalogue. At first sight, IT Catalogues seem to just require simple solutions, but the truth is that in most cases they lack the necessary flexibility and become the center of misunderstandings between the Business, Information Systems and Infrastructure perspectives.
Standards as TOGAF, considers two types of applications: Infrastructure and Business Applications, but this is a very simple classification schema that does not address fundamental issues in IT management. From an IT and Business alignment point of view, a spreadsheet holding data and business rules is a Business Application, as SAP ERP or any other SW package. But from a management and day to day IT operations they have little in common.
EA for IT Transformation
Organizations often have many IT projects each year involving lots of people creating, using, changing and replacing IT artefacts.
To manage day to day transformation, enterprises adopt Project Management best practices and tools to manage goals and resources used to produce such IT artifacts. They also adopt ITIL best practices and CMDB systems to handle changes in such artifacts in production environments.
However, at the level of IT landscape there is a lack of a global and aggregated view of the impact of all projects, not only to ensure their assumptions are correct and to identify project dependencies, but also to be able to answer questions such as:
- I need to do the design and planning a project to start in 3 months’ time. Based on the on-going project´s pipeline, what will be the IT landscape look like in 3 months’ time?
- What will be the impact of a delay or changes in one project on the remaining projects?
- What will be the distribution of effort, cost and risk along the year associated with different project pipeline scheduling?
EA for SOA Governance
SOA Governance aims at improving IT spending, mostly by assuring the adequate services are created, promoting their reuse and evolution. It also needs to make available correct information to support decision making, while promoting visibility over the existing enterprise assets.
Still, the reality is that existing SOA tools are mainly is technical-oriented towards specialized audiences and some views on information are simply not directly available to business.
A common vernacular, symbol set and structured viewpoints are the basic components of a successful communication for every target audience in a SOA Governance initiative. By deriving the fundamental concepts and mapping practices from Enterprise Architecture, information from a SOA bus can be filtered, organized and leveraged according to the needs of everyone involved.
EA to Empower your IBM SA
Three Questions for IBM Rational System Architect users:
1 – What if could update your diagrams automatically?
2 – What if you could navigate through your SA diagrams using a new and easier interface?
3 – What if you could seamlessly travel in time in all your diagrams?