For Enterprise Architects, this tool can be a valuable asset to promote EA inside the organization. EAMS can use the information already existing in an EA tool. EAMS is not a modeling tool or an EA repository, and is not meant to replace them, but to complement them.
There are several things that can go wrong or can make EA Governance difficult.
Regularly updating all the information contained in the EA blueprint.
Common language between EA and Business – reaching a representation that is both understandable by Business and useful for EA
EAMS can help you by:
- Consolidating information from various sources within the organization (EA, CMDB, SOA, BPA, etc)
- Producing automatic blueprints of the organization, with the necessary information for each stakeholder
EAMS allows Enterprise Architects to:
- Keep Application documentation up-to-date, as well as IT artefacts documentation produced in projects. The effort to keep Application documentation updated is significant, in particularly for organizations where applications are evolving in a sequence of projects, each with its own documentation. With EAMS one can consolidate application information over time and keep track of project changes. With EAMS, you will access all IT documentation by drilling through EA blueprints, even if it is kept in other systems.
- Anticipate and Visualize IT artifacts that cause dependencies between projects, either ongoing or planned. By describing the artifacts that each project uses or intents to use, one can trace project dependencies over time and anticipate dependencies that may exist between projects.
- Define and Enforce Architecture Rules and Principles. A common dream of Enterprise Architects is to have a set of Architectural rules and principles that one can check project designs against. With EAMS, one can define such rules in XML queries and execute them on each scenario validation.
- Browse on foreseen IT and Business according to planned projects
- Make sure that applications maintenance teams does not change IT Architecture on your back.
- Save time in keeping Architectural representations up-to date.