Hello community members,
At the moment, I'm tasked to develop the enterprise architecture of the organization and I have a couple of questions below:
What capability models/mapping (business architecture) do you know/exist and how do they eventually connect to the application, data, and infrastructure architecture?
What tools and/or templates can I use?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 20, 2022
Hi @Linda NamayanjaPMP,CBPA,ITIL ,
Choosing the right EAM tools involves various steps that are aimed to ensure smooth integration and maximum benefits. Some points collected with the help of my peers may be of help to you.
Understanding the benefits of EAM tools: Through advanced and integrated features, EAM tools help you to uncover and avoid unmanaged IT applications that would otherwise increase your cloud spend and create potential security risks for sensitive data. Once you understand the benefits that modern EAM tools have to offer, you can focus on finding the right solution for you and your EA strategy.
Choosing an EAM tool based on your EA program: When opting for an EAM tool, make sure that it helps you achieve your business and IT goals. These could be application portfolio management, technology risk management, post-merger IT integration, or an overall business transformation.
Assessing needs of stakeholders: Since you don't want to create another IT silo, you should ask yourself what informational needs each stakeholder has and how EA can bridge knowledge gaps. Ideally, the tool will foster cross-department collaboration and optimize workflows. Stakeholders should be able to access data and drive their own analysis. On top of that, QA mechanisms will improve overall data quality.
Reviewing the data model of prospective EAM tools:
Make sure to evaluate the data model of your prospective EAM tools. You should be able to align it with your current terminology and attributes and assign authorization roles with ease.
Measuring the onboarding process against goals: Once you have settled on an EAM solution that fulfills your current and foreseeable future needs, you can start with the onboarding process. It’s important to set initial goals and keep measuring the process as you go. From data mapping, imports, workspace reviews, and success KPIs – ideally, the tools allow you to use the desired form of measuring your onboarding success and keep track of the work in progress.
Some products suggested by my peers are below
BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio
Software AG Alfabet
Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect
Hope the above will help you choose the right solution for your requirement.
Given that business process design is now more than ever important in defining business operations (and ranging from fine-grained automation detail to high-level business compliance and staff training) I’m interested in hearing what others think needs to be improved or evolved in a modern process description.
How can we be more explicit in Process Definition yet also more conc...
Software Developer at RowdenSoftwareSolutions Ltd.
Apr 19, 2022
I favour a top-down approach to any specification.
1. I often use a UML activity diagram for this type of 'complexity reduction analysis' because it is easy to model the complexity hierarchically (drill down if interested)
2. Start with broadstrokes top-level activities in client speak.
3. If the activity deed elaboration - create a child diagram from it.
4. Do that recursively as required
* Essentially diagrams should not be overly complex (ideally printable on A4).
* This aids cognition by interested parties of diverse backgrounds and expertise.
However, where complexity does need elaboration then use the hierarchical structure alluded to above (win-win).
If I knew how to share an image I would post it here.
The tool I use is not specific to Business Process - and indeed it does have specific BPMN and other business Process diagram capabilities. Experts in this field will have their own preferences.
I like the basic UML Activity diagram because it is powerful and simple to use.
The tool I am using here is Enterprise Architect by Sparx - an affordable but powerful Analysis/design/code generation tool that does so much more. It has loads of diagrams and model types.
Hope that helps?