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Software AG’s Enterprise Architecture Provides A Collaborative Platform

Software AG's Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management Platform provides a collaborative platform for aligning the IT landscape with the business to guide competitive transformation.

Software AG's Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management Platform provides a collaborative platform for all stakeholders in IT, business and finance to understand their current IT landscape and plan for the future.
Better understand how effectively and efficiently IT supports business goals and where Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) processes can be improved. Against the backdrop of corporate governance, the Alfabet EAM Platform delivers the transparency and facilities needed to achieve targeted business outcomes.

Some of the many benefits of Enterprise Architecture include: Enterprise Architecture
  • Ensure business results. Align IT structures with business objectives and processes to ensure that IT transformation goes hand-in-hand with the transformation of business.
  • Improve agility and flexibility. Transform your IT into a responsive and flexible construct to increase business productivity. Respond quickly and flexibly to new business challenges and meet business demands.
  • Increase the quality of IT projects. Deliver IT projects on time, within budget and in line with business and IT strategy.
  • Optimize IT costs. Identify cost drivers to reduce operational expense. Keep track of IT investments to assure business growth.
  • Improve compliance and control. Increase project control with a holistic approach to governance. Enforce compliance controls effectively. Improve governance via defined responsibilities and auditable processes.
  • Innovate faster. Increase transparency into the IT landscape to accelerate IT’s ability to innovate for the business.
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These include:
  • Design and implement an IT architecture that optimally supports the company’s business activities. Incorporate all architecture views—business, application, technology and information—into comprehensive architecture solutions.
  • Design an architecture framework that captures the current state, envisions the future state, and determines actions needed for guiding integration and transformation efforts.
  • Architects and analysts can adopt standard frameworks like The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®) or ArchiMate® to guide the EA practice.
  • Leverage high-level structuring frameworks, such as Zachman® as well as detailed industry-specific frameworks, such as TM Forum’s Frameworx®.
  • Rely on proven methodologies to jump start EA initiatives.
  • Profit from the knowledge and best practices used by Software AG´s consulting teams for years.
  • Enhance the solution even more by adding industry best-practice processes, content and frameworks to expedite meeting industry-specific goals.
  • Prime (Process Improvement Methodology) supports architects as they implement best-practice EA solutions.
  • Alfabet offers different ways to navigate through and analyze the EA repository: simple, tree-based navigation, a multitude of standard reports, spreadsheet-based analysis and ad-hoc analysis in real-time.
  • Master planning provides the IT organization with a clear overview of the relevant aspects of the IT landscape in order to understand how strategic decisions will and should impact the IT’s tactics and direction over time.
  • It brings together organizations, processes and their supporting IT in one representation, displaying the elements according to their status—planned or operational— according to the desired timeframe.
  • IT strategy planners can explore tactical options and ensure that flexibility in the IT architecture is accommodated. IT road mapping ensures that everyone relevant to the success of business and IT initiatives are informed, involved and in sync, understanding the pace, required resources and milestones of enterprise change. Road mapping:
    • Establishes a common means of communicating IT and business plans
    • Reduces costs associated with project re-scoping by providing visibility into future impacts
    • Enables enterprise architects to coordinate infrastructure transformation across federated environments
  • Scenarios represent actual solution architecture proposals for projects and are important in selecting the right project proposal for implementing a business demand. They contain business, solution, information and technical architecture elements relevant to a project proposal as well as information pertaining to implementing solutions—for example:
    • Critical skill requirements
    • Important risk characteristics
    • Initial work breakdown structure
    • High-level cost estimates and timelines
  • Perform impact analyses for every stage of architecture life cycle: the strategic long-term plan, the tactical mid-term plan, solution planning and operational implementation.
  • Assessments can be on a broad scale or very granular.
  • Enterprise architects continually search for opportunities to streamline processes across federated environments by defining standard components to be used as the base platform for individual projects. Continual research of the existing environment for upgrade potential is necessary to rid IT of outdated, inefficient technologies. Top-down and bottom-up analyses as provided by Alfabet help decide on appropriate standards as they provide useful insight into:
    • Component usage
    • Criticality and rate of incidents
    • Technology strategy, trends and business requirements
  • Establish key elements of EA governance, encompassing enterprise-wide policies for the design, implementation and automation of EA processes.
  • Further governance aspects such as IT risk management, compliance projects and IT standards catalogs are also supported by Alfabet.
  • Use automated workflows, monitors and notifications to embed governance in the EA practice.
  • Alfabet can help companies identify SOA-relevant business services and compose SOA processes.
  • CentraSite operates based on Alfabet EAM Platform planning decisions for service design, implementation and deployment in a run-time environment.
  • Connect and communicate across the departments to improve processes and identify IT requirements.
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