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Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management

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.

Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management

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Overview

aris-connectBetter understanding of how effectively and efficiently IT supports business and operational goals and where Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) processes can be improved. Against the backdrop of corporate or agency governance, the Alfabet EAM Platform delivers the transparency and facilities needed to achieve targeted business and operational outcomes.

What You Can Do with the Platform

Gain Insight

  • Get an accurate, real-time picture of the EA landscape, including all applications, the technologies they run on and the business processes they support
  • Ensure consistency and transparency of your EA landscape by using an integrated repository for business and IT
  • Profit from a rich set of functionality and resources including frameworks, such as ArchiMate®, TOGAF® and DODAF, reference content (Industry.PerformanceREADY) and proven methodologies for designing, analyzing, managing, planning and monitoring the EA landscape

Plan Effectively

  • Address immediate and urgent concerns, such as reducing costs, eliminating redundancies, improving purchasing, and managing licenses and upgrades
  • Envision your future IT infrastructure and chart a course to achieve it
  • Create road maps with clear priorities, milestones and measures

Drive Transformation

  • Synchronize business and IT initiatives to ensure that IT delivers what business really demands
  • Leverage IT to transform go-to-market execution for products and services
  • Put business objectives at the heart of IT strategy
  • Understand the impact of strategic and tactical business decisions to the IT landscape early on

Key Benefits

Ensure Operational Results

Align IT structures with operational 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 operational 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, operational 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.

*ArchiMate and TOGAF are registered trademarks of The Open Group.

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Capabilities

EA Design

Design and implement an IT architecture that optimally supports the company’s operational 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.

EA Framework & Standards

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® and the DoDAF framework.

Methodologies & Best-Practice Content

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.PerformanceREADY 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.

Navigation & Analysis

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

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 Roadmapping

IT road mapping ensures that everyone relevant to the success of business, operational and IT initiatives is 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

Scenario Planning & Analysis

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

Impact Analysis

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.

Standards Definition

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

Architecture Governance

Establish key elements of EA governance, encompassing enterprise-wide policies for the design, implementation and automation of EA processes—for example, in regards to transparency, responsibility, flexibility, accountability and commitment to the organization’s business goals. 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.

CentraSite Connectivity

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. After service deployment, reporting facilities track the status, usage and impact of any change to services. This information is returned to the platform to ensure that the central SOA planning and governance effort is supported by current and complete data.

Collaboration

Connect and communicate across the departments to improve processes and identify IT requirements. The discussion group capability allows the user to:

  • Set up different discussion types
  • Associate and invite the appropriate members to discussions
  • Automatically open and close discussions depending on the object status

Automated workflows ensure involvement of relevant stakeholders in design, analysis and decision processes.

*ArchiMate and TOGAF are registered trademarks of The Open Group.

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Business Needs

Business/ IT synchronization

  • Create a common understanding of strategy between IT and business departments
  • Derive IT requirements directly from operational processes, strategies and capabilities
  • Communicate the operational value of IT investments
  • Articulate how IT can drive business and operational strategy and actively support business success

IT strategy management

  • Use to-be scenarios for strategic decision-making
  • Run impact analysis across the enterprise
  • Derive critical success factors for your strategy
  • Improve performance planning using balanced scorecards

IT architecture management

  • Create an application and technology inventory of the existing IT landscape
  • Use standardization to ensure the IT landscape makes continual progress towards the enterprise’s architectural vision and is in step with new technologies
  • Improve IT agility by reducing the number of technologies being maintained, duration of projects and risk of downtime/failure
  • Reduce costs for licenses, operations, support and application integration, maintaining know-how to free up financial resources for innovation

IT Governance, Risk & Compliance (IT GRC)

  • Assess the impact of technology-related risks on business operations
  • Gain deeper insight into information security risks and threats
  • Improve the quality of developed solutions
  • Create transparency about the fulfillment of compliance issues

Application consolidation

  • Get insight into the operational value of each application in comparison to the cost of maintenance and operations
  • Understand the impact of retiring applications on operational processes
  • Implement a sustainable practice for continually reducing application costs despite introduction of new applications
  • Use business capability evaluation to prioritize consolidation in regards to needed agility and innovation or reduced costs

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

  • Translate your EA vision into the reality of deployable services
  • Transform redundant IT services into shared business services
  • Prioritize services that need to be built based on your EA
  • Make better investment decisions based on KPIs of the SOA deployment

IT financial management

  • Improve CAPEX by understanding where current and planned IT projects do not support business strategy
  • Use a fact-based methodology that ties together operational strategy, projects and IT systems to understand the impact of stopping projects
  • Improve OPEX by relating IT systems and their costs to operational processes and capabilities to identify inefficient IT support including unnecessarily high service levels
  • Understand where to cut costs without endangering operational continuity
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