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What is Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management?

Software AG's Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management Platform provides a collaborative platform for aligning the IT landscape with the business to guide competitive transformation. You can describe complex IT systems in terms of their business, application, information and technical layers, and develop standards for change. Build the foundation for business-IT transformation with an accurate, real-time picture of the IT landscape, including all applications and technologies, the inter-relationships between them, the information they exchange as well as the business organizations and processes they support.

Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management Customers

Metro Bank, Credit Suisse

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Yves Vander Schelden - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
A stable, scalable solution with good management functionality
Pros and Cons
  • "The initial setup was straightforward. It takes two to three days to set up the environment. One person was able to handle the implementation."
  • "The user experience, the layout and the different technologies behind the presentations are a bit old. These need to be updated. They should focus on web development. It's simply not supporting the current user experience guidelines."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use of the solution was to commit different applications and to commit the technology being used by those.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the completeness, and the repos included on the platform. 

The solution offers very good management.

What needs improvement?

The user experience, the layout and the different technologies behind the presentations are a bit old. These need to be updated. They should focus on web development. It's simply not supporting the current user experience guidelines.

The solution was quite expensive.

The modeling features on the solution need improvement. Alfabet is really good at management, but not that good in modeling. Some other products, like Sparx, can do both. The solution should strive to be good at both as well.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for a few months.
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Within the cloud environment, the solution is quite scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had a custom made internal solution before switching to Alfabet.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It takes two to three days to set up the environment. One person was able to handle the implementation.

What about the implementation team?

We had assistance with the implementation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated iServer, and MEGA among others, but the main issue was the pricing of such technology. It is quite a large investment.

What other advice do I have?

We only used the solution for a few months because it was only a proof of concept and since it was really expensive, we decided to choose another solution. We tested the solution for three months. Our organization used the private cloud deployment model from the software agent.

In terms of advice, I would say, that, as for any other product like this, to start slow. You should start with a small data model, and focus on improving it step by step.

I would rate the solution eight out of ten. If it weren't for the pricing, I would probably rate it higher.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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KamalHussein - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Project Manager at a government with 51-200 employees
Real User
A customizable and flexible solution that has given us insight into optimizing our IT assets
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features of this solution are its customizability, and flexibility in the configuration."
  • "We would like to see the visualization of assets, as well as artificial intelligence techniques to assist us in making our decisions."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for enterprise architecture in an on-premises deployment.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are its customizability, and flexibility in the configuration.

What needs improvement?

IT governance in this solution needs improvement. We would like to see the visualization of assets, as well as artificial intelligence techniques to assist us in making our decisions. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable, and we plan to increase its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support and they are excellent.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is straightforward. Our deployment took between two and four months. The number of staff required for deployment and maintenance depends on the size of the environment and the security policy that they use. For us, it is between three and five people.

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator to assist us with deployment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated at least one other option before choosing this solution. 

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody researching this solution is the training and knowledge transfer is very important because there are fewer people that really know about Alfabet. 

For us, adopting this solution was the right decision. We know a lot more about our assets and what we need to optimize and reuse from our collection of IT assets.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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