SMART360°Biz http://smart360.biz Get a smart 360° view of your enterprise Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:43:23 +0000 en hourly 1 Buyers Kit – How to use reference calls in your tool decision? http://smart360.biz/buyers-kit-use-reference-calls-tool-decision/ http://smart360.biz/buyers-kit-use-reference-calls-tool-decision/#respond Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:43:17 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16261 Do reference calls really work? This is the last in a three (3) part series discussing a Buyer’s Guide to help select the right Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) tool for your organization. Enterprise Architects have a wide range of stakeholders needs to satisfy in selecting...

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Do reference calls really work?

This is the last in a three (3) part series discussing a Buyer’s Guide to help select the right Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) tool for your organization.

Enterprise Architects have a wide range of stakeholders needs to satisfy in selecting an Enterprise Architecture Management tool (EAMS).  Stakeholders are unsure whether a tool will address their specific challenges.

In the first post we reviewed sample use cases to accelerate discussions with stakeholders to help define their requirements and express the value to be realized. In the second post we provided a list of critical questions every EAMS demonstration needs to address.

Reference Checks

Reference checks do work and they are a fundamental part of selecting the right Enterprise Architecture Management tool. Don’t assign this activity out; you know what the tool must do to justify its value to merit the investment.

The reference check helps you to speak with peers who use the tool, enables you to go beyond the sales pitch, and to reveal the true nature of the tool and vendor. Use this list of valuable questions to help gain the best insights and quickly ascertain if the tool is right for you.

  1. Were you the decision maker responsible for purchasing the tool? If so, what made you choose the tool?
  2. Are you the primary user of the EA Tool? If not, ask if you may speak with that person as well.
  3. How long did it take you to populate the tool repository? Do basic functions like editing data or generating a report?
  4. What other stakeholders use the tool? How long did it take them to learn to add and edit data or generate reports and visualizations?
  5. How long was the adoption process (the tool implementation) at your organization?
  6. What’s the single best thing about the tool? What is the worst thing?
  7. How complete is the integration with other systems? How hard was it to set up and maintain?
  8. Have you seen an increase in EA awareness since you implemented the tool?
  9. Can you tell me about your experience with the vendor, implementation and support?
  10. When implementing, did you incur any costs in addition to the price of the tool?
  11. If you went to another company, would you purchase this tool again?

This last post of a 3-part Buyers Kit focused on the importance of reference checks. We hope this Buyers Kit helps you to select the best tool for your Enterprise Architecture organization.

Send your comments and suggestions to Jean Gehring or comment below.

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CIO Review spotlights smart360 http://smart360.biz/cio-review-spotlights-smart360/ http://smart360.biz/cio-review-spotlights-smart360/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:31:47 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16252 CIO Review featured smart360 among the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Architecture Technology Providers – 2016! The role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has steadily grown over the last two decades. Although, many EA teams operate as part of their IT departments, others are taking a more...

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CIO Review featured smart360 among the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Architecture Technology Providers – 2016!

cioreviewcoverThe role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has steadily grown over the last two decades. Although, many EA teams operate as part of their IT departments, others are taking a more active approach in strategic planning, investment, and transformation at the enterprise-level.
EA, as a discipline, has reached a stage where it is well established within many enterprises as a core capability. But, more importantly, the reach of EA is today extending beyond organizational boundaries. Leading companies use EA to recognize, evaluate, recommend, and resolve their architectural problems. To drive the digital transformation, companies are on the lookout for modern EA tools and software that bridge the gap between business strategy and execution. Meanwhile, today’s enterprise architects need high-level skills on analyzing information, building architectural models, and implementing integrated EA solutions.

A distinguished panel comprising of CTOs, CIOs, analysts, and the CIOReview editorial board has selected the top players from the competitive field of EA. The listing provides a look into how these solutions work in the real world, so that you can gain a comprehensive understanding of what technologies are available and right for you.

We are proud to be among the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Architecture Technology Providers 2016!

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Check out the latest article in CIO Review on smart360’s EAMS solution.

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5 Steps to Ensure a Successful Enterprise Architecture Management Tool Adoption http://smart360.biz/5-steps-ensure-successful-enterprise-architecture-management-tool-adoption/ http://smart360.biz/5-steps-ensure-successful-enterprise-architecture-management-tool-adoption/#respond Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:19:21 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16246 This is the last in a three (3) part series discussing a Buyer’s Guide to help select the right Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) tool for your organization. Once you purchase and install your tool, you still need to ensure your EA organization and relevant stakeholders...

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This is the last in a three (3) part series discussing a Buyer’s Guide to help select the right Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) tool for your organization.

Once you purchase and install your tool, you still need to ensure your EA organization and relevant stakeholders adopt it to realize its myriad of benefits. Tool adoptions can quickly get stuck or outright fail due to some common pitfalls, for example:

  • Absence of a proper communication and an implementation plan
  • Misalignment of the tools capabilities to stakeholder strategy and operational needs
  • Over customizing the metamodel
  • Lack of the specialized talent needed to drive the implementation and adoption
  • Fully understanding this is a critical technology and a operational process change activity.

Avoiding these challenges isn’t easy, but they are critical to the successful implementation of an EAM tool. In this post, we’ll focus on five key activities that will help you push beyond these obstacles and ensure a successful EAM tool adoption:

  1. UNDERSTAND YOUR ENVIRONEMENT: By understanding your day-to-day processes and how architecture metadata is used to support your EA organization, you will see where and how to use the tool to accelerate productivity, increase quality, and support more stakeholder demands.  
  2. CONVERT CAPABILITIES TO SERVICE TAXONOMY: The EAM tool should provide you with the core capabilities to perform your work.  By classifying the tool’s capabilities into Service Taxonomy your implementation stays focused on its value proposition. Here is a list of capabilities every EAM tool should have. If you have others please drop me an email jgehring@smart360.biz

Administration covers the capabilities to organize and manage the lifecycle of the architecture content (metadata), to manage the user roles and their access to content in the EAM tool repository.

Analysis covers all the capabilities to actively understand and analyze the architecture content. This capability can span a gamut of services, such as:  

  • Browse, search, and query content in the repository to provide targeted information.
  • Structural analysis to identify gaps, redundancies, and the impacts and interrelationships of making a change to a business capability, a project, an application, or technology in the architecture.
  • Quantitative analysis to compare measurable attributes or properties of the architecture content, like health, criticality, cost, and utilization.

Decision Support covers all the capabilities to aggregate architecture content and create visualizations, reports, and dashboards for different stakeholders and support decision-making. This includes monitoring and viewing the architecture from different perspectives and to increase collaboration and communications to certain stakeholders.

Governance covers the capabilities to govern the architecture, such as:

  • Quality management ensures the completeness and consistency of the architecture content. This includes the sources of entry and the population of the architecture repository from automated population (XML or CMDB) or manual entry and structure of content according to a framework (e.g., TOGAF) or both.
  • Change management to define architecture content and execute requests to alter, retire or eliminate content, such as compliance and technical standards, blueprints, assets, etc.
  • Usage management traces and monitors the architecture content by users and can provide architecture management metrics to establish trends, show cost and risk reductions, etc.
  1. BUILD A COMMUNITY: You provide services so be a good service manager.  Track the highs and lows experienced by your user community and eengage with end-users early and often.  Use a social media approach (internal Facebook or similar platform) to establish a community of users (and power users).  You can deal with problems quickly and users feel a sense of ownership, commitment and accountability helping you achieve high adoption rates.
  2. PLAN, COMMUNICATE and MANGE EXPECTATIONS: Implementing and adopting any new technology requires and a strong communications plan and change management across all relevant stakeholders.  Use a disciplined approach to plan, communicate, and manage the implementation and expectations.  Help users understand how the tool and new business processes will enable them to take full advantage of the tool and realize specific benefits related to their architecture roles.
  3. BUILD the BEST TEAM: It’s no secret that a really successful implementation often lies within the human elements of a good team.  The most successful adoptions are companies who build a small Center of Excellence (CoE) with a team of architecture expertise around the tool.  Also providing for on-demand support helps to meet short-term capacity needs as stakeholders begin seeing the value of the tool.  A dedicated team of tool experts helps you manage business, financial, and technical risk over the short and long-term for your tool adoption.

The benefits of and EAM tool are attainable if the implementation is linked to its value proposition and is properly planned for and expectations are clearly set and managed. Following these steps will help put you on the road to a successful adoption. Enjoy the journey!

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Giving something back – we support FEAPO http://smart360.biz/giving-something-back/ http://smart360.biz/giving-something-back/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:12:03 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16243 Giving something back to the EA community is a large part of what smart360 is all about. We are pleased to actively support The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) at the Open Group Event. Jean Gehring, FEAPO President, will speak on A Career Path...

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Giving something back to the EA community is a large part of what smart360 is all about. We are pleased to actively support The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) at the Open Group Event.

Jean Gehring, FEAPO President, will speak on A Career Path Model for Enterprise Architecture.  Jean provides an abstract of The Guide to Careers in Enterprise Architecture to be published late this year.  The Guide is a result of eighteen global professional organizations collaborating together. The Guide does not describe what an EA does, but rather what skills are expected to have along with advice on how to hire and develop them.

Use the code PAR1610-SMART to get 30% off a non-member pass at the event!

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Join us at Open Group Paris 2016 for New Product Launch http://smart360.biz/opengroup-paris-2016/ http://smart360.biz/opengroup-paris-2016/#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2016 02:53:20 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16240 SMART360 is a proud sponsor of the Open Group Event ‘Making Standards Work’ this October 24th-27th in Paris, France. Sign up for a demo of smart360, the next evolution of Enterprise Architecture and IT Portfolio Management tools. Holistically view all of your architecture domains and manage your...

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SMART360 is a proud sponsor of the Open Group Event ‘Making Standards Work’ this October 24th-27th in Paris, France. Sign up for a demo of smart360, the next evolution of Enterprise Architecture and IT Portfolio Management tools. Holistically view all of your architecture domains and manage your components, processes and services on any device, anywhere, at any time. smart360 integrates with ArchiMate and supports TOGAF and IT4IT!

And get a 30% discount – use the code PAR1610-SMART for 30% off a non member pass!

We hope to see you in Paris!

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smartEA 3.6 released http://smart360.biz/smartea-3-6-released/ http://smart360.biz/smartea-3-6-released/#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:25:48 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16233 SMART EA 3.6 is released and available as a new enhancement. You can test the new release via our online demo of SMART EA for free! Updated Intelligent User Experience This release builds upon the improved icon usage (Metamodel, Visualizations and User Guide) in the prior Release 3.5....

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SMART EA 3.6 is released and available as a new enhancement. You can test the new release via our online demo of SMART EA for free!

Updated Intelligent User Experience

This release builds upon the improved icon usage (Metamodel, Visualizations and User Guide) in the prior Release 3.5.

  • Building Blocks now have explicit create dates as an addition to the last modification date.
  • New roles can be created over the User Interface.

Reports and Dashboards: Let Data Drive Your Actions

Make more informed decisions using smartEA visualizations and reports.  This release brings enhancements to help you better illustrate your data.

Saved Queries can be sorted by name, usability of the Definitions page is improved, a new Neighborhood Diagram has been added to the Visualizations menu and the Nesting Cluster diagram default enumeration colors are fixed.

La Localizacion Actualizade

Improved Spanish localization supports communication and collaboration.

These smartEA 3.6 Release Notes provide a change log for smartEA (powered by iteraplan).

  • Building blocks have an explicit create date as an addition to the last modification date
  • Introduced Neighborhood Diagram into the Visualizations menu
  • New roles can be created over the user interface
  • Nesting Cluster Diagram: Fixed default enumeration colors
  • Saved Queries are sorted by name
  • Improved usability of the Definitions page
  • Improved Spanish localization

The full list of changes is also in our Release Notes.

How and When Do Features Become Available?

Some features affect all users immediately after the release goes live.  If you are a SaaS customer your instance is immediately updated and if you are an On Premise customer direct action is required by the smartEA administrator before you can benefit from the new functionality and fixes.

We highly recommend to update to this modular release, providing many enhancements/add-ons over the earlier SMART EA or any iteraplan release. You may want to communicate these changes to your users beforehand so they are prepared and can take advantage of the changes.

You want to know how SMART EA can help you enhance your Enterprise Architecture Program?

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An Enterprise Architecture Tool for Your Business – Part Two http://smart360.biz/an-enterprise-architecture-tool-for-your-business-part-two/ http://smart360.biz/an-enterprise-architecture-tool-for-your-business-part-two/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:11:18 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16218 An Enterprise Architecture Tool for Your Business – Part Two : Every EA demo is different Use this Enterprise Architecture demo checklist. Regardless of the path the salesperson or product engineer takes, you need to make sure the tool supports your functional needs and stakeholder...

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An Enterprise Architecture Tool for Your Business – Part Two : Every EA demo is different

Use this Enterprise Architecture demo checklist. Regardless of the path the salesperson or product engineer takes, you need to make sure the tool supports your functional needs and stakeholder use cases (link to prior blog). Here is the list of critical questions every Enterprise Architecture management tool demonstration needs to address.

  1. Usability – is the tool engineered to be easy and intuitive to use?
    Can you (and your stakeholders) easily navigate around the tool with minimal reference?
    Do you always know where you are in the tool? Example, does the tool use elements like ‘breadcrumbs’ to form steps and eliminate clicks?
    Are standard web patterns being used throughout the tool to eliminate confusion? Example, the color red is for errors and icons are recognized symbol messages.
    Is the control information easy to find?  Example, are related features grouped in a drop down so they don’t interfere with other features in the tool?
    Can you personalize the tool? Example, you can easily configure the look and feel of the tool to match your company’s environment?
    How many resources will be needed to administer the tool and support report and visualization?
  1. Distributed working – can the tool be used simultaneously by multiple stakeholders inside and outside the enterprise?
    Can you (and your stakeholders) easily define specific views and permission controls for each user role (or by multiple roles) you configure? Example, permission to read, creates, update and delete data.
    Is the tool really mobile ready?  Did you try it using your own device?
    Security and data privacy is paramount – does the authentication function and secure protocol meet your compliance requirements?
  1. Search Engine – does the tool provide natural and easy search queries without the usage of complex wildcards and filters?
    Is the search function case ‘insensitive’ in case you don’t know the exact spelling of a word? Can you search on a special character, for example A * or a ?
    Do you feel that you (and your key stakeholders) can easily search / retrieve data – similar to using the Google search engine?
  1. Visualizations and Reporting – does the ‘out of the box’ visualization and reporting features meet your needs?
    You saw how to create diagrams and visualizations from scratch – as opposed to seeing something that’s already built. Do you have a good understanding on how the ‘out of the box’ visualization and reporting features work?
    Do you have to purchase or use another product to generate the types of reports you need to understand your overall IT landscape and business architecture?
    Does the tool provide role based (user) defined diagrams and reports?
    Can you send an URL to colleagues, who join remote, so all of you can be working with the same visualization?
    Is there a rich array
 of graphical options for configuring and presenting content with the capability to export diagrams directly to SVG, PDF, PNG and in Microsoft Visio?
    Are you confident you can create the visualizations and reports on your own with minimal reference?
  1. Meta model – Is the metamodel flexible?
    Does the ‘out of the box’ metamodel help you jump-start your configuration?
    Is the configuration straightforward? Example, can you simulate your Business, IS, Technical and Infrastructure domains with minimal reference?  Can you connect or build the relationships, add attributes and elements with minimal reference?
  1. Strategic Development – Does the tool create future state scenarios?
    A benefit of the repository is to support strategic planning. Creating different future state scenarios enable you (and your stakeholders) to make informed decisions on project impacts, target architectures, etc.
    Can the tool create as many separate future state scenarios, as you require?
    How easy is it to view, retrieve, and analyze the data?
  1. Governance – Does the tool provide governance of the repository?
    Is it easy to manage the tool? Example, defines users, roles, and assigns permissions to them, runs consistency checks.
    Are the consistency checks automated? Example, emails notify you when and who is making changes, reports tell you detailed information of the change.

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Mind The Gap http://smart360.biz/mind-the-gap/ http://smart360.biz/mind-the-gap/#respond Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:42:03 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16198 With a career stretching from corporate IT to working for pioneers, like Ivar Jacobson, I seem to have landed squarely in the field of Enterprise Architecture (EA). A practitioner for the past 10 years, I’ve become quite passionate about this profession. What peaks my interest...

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With a career stretching from corporate IT to working for pioneers, like Ivar Jacobson, I seem to have landed squarely in the field of Enterprise Architecture (EA). A practitioner for the past 10 years, I’ve become quite passionate about this profession. What peaks my interest is the changes occurring in the EA profession, accelerated by disruptive technologies and business transformation, and how companies realize the multitude of benefits EA offers.

I travel to London regularly and am very familiar with London’s underground railway system and its audible warning phrase “mind the gap”.  This ear-splitting caution on the spatial gap between the train and platform struck me as a fitting expression of EA. Properly executed, EA bridges that gap between business and IT.

Having a strong EA function in place provides the information to make better-informed decisions. This article explores the benefits of applying focused Use Cases to help plan, communicate, and progress your EA objectives.

Like many, I’ve used EA Use Cases to show exactly what the technology can do for the “business” without using technical jargon ( a common complaint of business stakeholders).  The Use Case is rapidly regaining popularity as a tool to capture the ways Business and IT stakeholders can interact and achieve specific goals by representing a collection of possible scenarios.

Application Portfolio Use Cases

Lets start with the application portfolio since a substantial percentage of IT funds are dedicated to it. Industry analysts predict “50-80% of IT spend is on licenses, support and maintenance functions. Not managing the application portfolio leads to increased complexity, reduced agility and exposure to a multiple risks such as, compliance, using old technology, and losing people with critical skills or application knowledge.

Typically the metadata about the application inventory, it’s associated technology, business value, cost and technical debt resides in spreadsheets, systems and in people’s memory banks and distributed across organizational silos. I am repeatedly surprised at the number of companies who lack an application inventory. Without this transparency it’s difficult to comprehend the relationships and interdependencies needed to analyze the data to make sound decisions.

So how do you write a Use Case?

The goal is develop a Use Case that captures “what” EA’s outcome does not “how” it does it.  Use cases are business goals and great communication tools. The most common problem in creating a Use Case is either adding too much detail or not enough.  If the Use Case doesn’t include enough detail, it’s going to resemble a process, and if it includes too much detail, it’s going to resemble a design document.  Another misconception is that Use Cases must include complex visuals, such as UML activity diagrams.  I find simple visualizations, such as nested cluster or landscape diagrams, compliment the Use Case making it easier for all stakeholders to understand.

EA Use Cases fall into four categories: Application Portfolio, Technology Portfolio, Business Capability and Investment, and Governance.  The following EA cases provide high business value and help to bridge the gap between EA, IT and the Business.

Name Description
Inventory Management and Cost Analysis Establish the inventory of applications to understand the portfolio; by descriptive information, ownership, and costs.
Business Alignment Analysis Define applications in the context of how they are used by the enterprise; the business capabilities they support, organizations that use them, business locations where they are used, the business processes they automate.
Cost Analysis Determine the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of an application.
Health and Risk Analysis Discover the technology risk in the application portfolio by; extent to which the applications are deployed on aging or vulnerable software and hardware technologies.
Investment Analysis Determine the cost of change, the impact of a change and the benefit of change to the business. Example: New project impact to the portfolio.
Rationalization Analysis Determine rationalization disposition by determining elimination of redundancy and complexity; moving to the Cloud, and data center consolidation.

 

Mergers and acquisitions typically drive a consolidation of applications. Most mergers begin with a consolidation and simplification of the application portfolio.  This approach provides a fast payback time, allowing savings to be reinvested in further optimizations of the application portfolio.

Use Case: MERGER – Application Consolidation

Scenario

Establish an inventory of applications to understand the impact a corporate merger will have and to support a strategy for integrating the two corporations’ seamlessly. Includes descriptive information about each application; the ownership, the cost, the health and compliance levels.

Triggering Event

Company merger.

Actors

  • Division Senior Management
  • Financial and Strategic Planners
  • IT Application Management
  • Application Architects

Audience

  • C – Suite
  • Finance Management
  • Business Portfolio Management
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • IT Application Management

Basic Flow

Articulate the processes to configure a Landscape Diagram (report) and analyze the present and future proposed states of the applications.

  • The smartEA Visualization Tab offers a quick snapshot of business process, business unit structure and the application landscape linkage that will be influenced by external changes to these Building Blocks.
  • The smartEA Landscape Diagram can be customized to display further detail on external changes effecting Application Landscape changes. Examples of external influences requiring change may be adding a new application, Vendor and SLA, and new external compliance policies e.g., HIPPA.

Pre-Condition

Using smartEA, populate the Application Building Blocks in order to create the visuals and run the report.

Run a Visualization Diagram in the Application Building Block.

Run a current state Landscape Diagram.

Show future state by adding the following  Application Building Block changes:

  • Add a new Application for new business operations in the Application Building Block.
  • Retire 3 Applications by selection the inactive status.
  • Move an Application to the Cloud
  • Regenerate  a Visualization Diagram and  Landscape Diagram

Population and Diagram instructions are provided in this link

USE CASE MERGER – Application Inventory Management.

Use Case Name – A clear description of the Use Case.

Scenario –– A very brief paragraph on the scope of the use case.                         

Triggering Event – the motivator or initiator of the Use Case.                                           

Actors – A list of the types of users who engage in the Use Case activities.                    

Audience the main people you want to reach and/ or could most benefit.                              

Basic Flow – A set of key steps the actors take to accomplish the goal of the Use Case.                 

Post Conditions – Anything that should be correct or true upon completing the Use Case.

 

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Buyer’s Guide: An Enterprise Architecture Tool for Your Business – Part One http://smart360.biz/buyers-guide-enterprise-architecture-tool-business-part-one/ http://smart360.biz/buyers-guide-enterprise-architecture-tool-business-part-one/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 01:15:12 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16174 As a leader in the field of EA, you have a wide range of stakeholders with individual needs that you need to consider when purchasing and implementing an Enterprise Architecture Management Tool for your business. You need to be sure that the tool will address...

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As a leader in the field of EA, you have a wide range of stakeholders with individual needs that you need to consider when purchasing and implementing an Enterprise Architecture Management Tool for your business. You need to be sure that the tool will address the unique challenges your business faces, and that the investment will prove an ongoing asset to your business operations. Read on for the first of our 3-Part Buyer’s Guide series to help you select the best EA Management Tool for your business, and teach you how you can best present the value of this tool to your stakeholders to promote its use at your company.

Enterprise Architecture Management Tools – Placing Strategy Before Technology
Before you consider the purchase of your new EA Management Tool, consider the strategies needed to make the use of that tool successful for your company. It is crucial that your business leaders are prepared and willing to adopt the use of the tool and integrate it into their work flows, and the best way to be sure this will happen is to make sure that you have considered the unique needs of your company as a whole. This means making sure that the tool you choose will provide value to your organization, providing a benefit to all levels: Strategic, Tactical and Operational. Our 3-Part Buyer’s Guide will help you learn to select the right tool, promote its use to each level of your organization, and streamline your Enterprise Architecture Management program.

Your Use Case is not My Use Case
The Use Case for your company is unique, and identifying the particular needs of your company is the first step to making sure you are selecting the right Enterprise Architecture Management Tool. Here, we have provided several possible use case scenarios for three major fields, including Technology Portfolios, Application Portfolios, and Business Capability Planning. These sample scenarios are designed to help you begin and drive the discussion with your stakeholders, giving you a base framework to help accelerate the process of selecting an EA Management Tool, implementing it at your business, and ultimately reaping the rewards of the process.

Sample Technology Portfolio Use Cases

Use Case

Description

Planning Data Center Consolidation

Determine which applications should be migrated or retired during the consolidation of two data centers, ranking applications based on their health and retirement timelines.

Technology Portfolio Governance

Establish a central catalog of standard technology products to view the technologies approved or denied for use, to deploy technologies that are approved for use, and promote re-use in the enterprise.

Deployed Technology Risk

Identify future technology risk and address it before it becomes a threat by determining where the enterprise is most vulnerable to cyber breach by outdated, unsupported, and non-standard technologies.
Regulatory Audits Determine the systems which contain PII, HIPPA, and SOX data to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and audits.
Technology Optimization Analysis Identify opportunities to reduce cost and complexity of technology in use at your company by eliminating redundant or inefficient technology. Increase efficiency by reducing the volume of different technologies use at your company, reducing maintenance costs and helping to maintain a company-wide standard.
Technology Portfolio Roadmaps Create a new target state plan to deploy a new technology and help the business view the impacts on the current business application portfolio and business processes.

 

Sample Application Portfolio Use Cases

Use Case Description
Inventory Management and Cost Analysis Understand your portfolio of applications by establishing an inventory with descriptive information, ownership and cost data.
Business Alignment Analysis Define applications in the context of how they are used by the enterprise; the business capabilities they support, organizations that use them, business locations where they are used, the business processes they automate.
Cost Analysis Determine the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of your application portfolio.
Health/Risk Analysis Determine the current state of health of your deployed applications, including their ongoing stability and viability for your company’s use. Identify at risk applications based on your aging or vulnerable software and hardware technologies.
Investment Analysis Determine the costs, impacts and benefits of change to your business, such as the impact of a new project to your application portfolio.

Rational Analysis

Eliminate unnecessary redundancy or complexity from your company’s application portfolio, identifying opportunities such as data center consolidation or cloud based solutions to create a more efficient portfolio.

 

Business Capability Planning Use Cases

Use Case Description
Business Architecture Management Establish a capability model for your business by mapping current capabilities to strategies, locations, organizational units, processes, business products and services.
Capability Portfolio Risk Analysis Identify risks to your business’s capability model by determining at risk technology assets deployed on aging or vulnerable software or hardware.
Capability Assessment Determine which business capabilities support your business’s strategy, and plan investments in technology to fill in any gaps.
Business Investment Planning Identify the project investments that are aligned to business capabilities, to strategic goals, by return on investment and tactical targets. 

 

The Next Step after Identifying Your Company’s Use Case
Once you have identified your company’s unique use case scenario and needs, you’ll be better prepared to evaluate an Enterprise Architecture Management Tool that will fit you and your company. In the next article in our 3-Part Enterprise Architecture Management Buyer’s Guide, we will be delving in to the critical questions you will want to ask when comparing the capability of your future EA Management Tool to your needs.

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IT Management Conference 2016 – Munich http://smart360.biz/management-conference-2016-munich/ http://smart360.biz/management-conference-2016-munich/#respond Sun, 13 Mar 2016 02:31:13 +0000 http://smart360.biz/?p=16039 Our Partner Lean42 organizes the next IT Management gathering. If you are in the IT Management space – we highly recommend to participate in this industry event! The IT Management Conference is on April 20th 2016 in Munich, Germany. SMART 360 will be present and is proud to support...

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Our Partner Lean42 organizes the next IT Management gathering. If you are in the IT Management space – we highly recommend to participate in this industry event! The IT Management Conference is on April 20th 2016 in Munich, Germany. SMART 360 will be present and is proud to support one of the most important practitioner gatherings of IT Managers and Enterprise Architects in Germany.

You can sign up for Lean IT Management Conference or read more in the following announcement document Lean IT Management Konferenzflyer (German).

This year’s conference will focus on the “CIO – the new Chief Digital Officer”. Main themes are Lean IT Management, Demand Management, EAM, Strategy & Planning, Agile (Kanban, Scrum) and Innovation.

Sign up now to see you there!

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