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Application Architecture

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Overview

MEGA’s application architecture solution lets you describe, structure, and optimize your information system architecture, enabling your organization to:

  • Obtain a comprehensive overview of your IT assets
  • Set up effective information system governance
  • Develop the target information system architecture and plan the necessary transformation

IT departments and enterprise architects are responsible for obtaining a clear view of their information system architecture, outlining a reference framework, setting up information system governance, and responding to changing IT needs.

MEGA’s application architecture solution was developed to support IT architects and enterprise architects throughout the information system rationalization and optimization process, with a personalized interface for each user profile.

Based on proven modeling techniques and standards like TOGAF, our solution gives you the tools you need to map your entire information system – including all applications, data, information, infrastructure, and technology – as well as their interdependencies. It also lets you develop a reference architecture for your organization that will help you set up information system governance.

A collaborative workspace, workflows, and a shared repository make it easy for stakeholders to share information and knowledge, leverage existing standards and documentation, and ensure full data traceability.

Our application architecture solution covers all steps of the information system rationalization and optimization process, and can be configured to suit the particular structure of your organization.

Identification and description phase: Mapping IT assets and their interdependencies

Our solution gives you a comprehensive overview of your IT assets thanks to its advanced modeling capabilities and methodology, which are integrated into a collaborative workspace and a shared repository. The solution’s mapping features for application architecture, data, and infrastructure let you see the different layers of your information system and their interdependencies. The links between application layers and businesses are described in information system city plans. And the collaborative workspace allows stakeholders across the organization to access these information system diagrams, which can be tailored to their particular user profile.

Analysis phase: Outlining a reference information system framework

Because the different components of the information system maps and data are centralized in a single repository, our solution automatically generates the reports and dashboards you need to analyze your information system. This information lets you identify standard elements that can be used, understand the effects that a change in one system layer could have on other layers, and compare different information system city plans. Such an analysis can then be used to outline a reference framework, make informed decisions about upgrades, and set up information system governance.

Optimization phase: Developing the target information system architecture and planning the necessary transformation

By using the best practices specified in the analysis phase, along with our solution’s mapping and version management capabilities, you can develop an information system architecture tailored to the needs of your organization. Our solution can also help you plan the IT transformation thanks to its gap analysis tools for pinpointing areas where architecture changes are needed, and its graphical tools like Gantt diagrams for planning upgrades over time. The reports and dashboards generated by our solution make it easy to communicate information across your organization, and can be tailored to different types of stakeholders.

Our secure, web-based application architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform integrating all MEGA operational governance software. This means you get greater synergies and collaborative efforts among departments, as well as a clear, shared view of key information about your organization. Our HOPEX platform helps ensure that all stakeholders are working toward the same goals and supporting your organization’s operational governance strategy.

 

Features

MEGA’s web-based, business-oriented application architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform integrating all MEGA operational governance software. Secure data access, workflows, and reports can be configured for each user profile. The solution is designed to support business process managers and internal control managers at every stage of internal control process implementation.

A collaborative modeling workspace with access management capabilities, an integrated research tool, and a central repository ensure that all data in the solution are shared, traceable, and secure.

The standard configuration incorporates our methodology based on the best practices and recommendations set forth by international standards-setting bodies, as well as on our extensive experience in application architecture.

Our application architecture solution covers the entire information system rationalization and optimization process and can be configured to fit different user profiles. The standard configuration offers the following features.

1. Identification and description phase: Mapping IT assets and their interdependencies

Mapping the application architecture

  • Your entire application portfolio is mapped with a geographical breakdown
  • The applications are divided into sub-applications and application-based services
  • Interactions among applications, services, stakeholders, and partners are depicted
  • A depiction of your service-oriented architecture (SOA) is created
  • This entire process is carried out in accordance with the TOGAF architecture development method (ADM)

Developing information system city plans 

  • Your information systems are broken down into zones, districts, and blocks

Mapping enterprise data

  • Data model maps are made available
  • The data models are reusable
  • Scopes and responsibilities are specified 
  • An enterprise data architecture is made available

Mapping the IT infrastructure

  • Application deployment across your technical and geographical infrastructure is mapped
  • Communication systems like channels, protocols, and ports are modeled
  • Physical infrastructure such as buildings, and technical infrastructure such as telephones and servers, are incorporated
  • Using a business- or service-oriented approach, a description of the communication and resource architecture of a system is added to support service contracts 
  • This entire process is supported by the TOGAF Technical Reference Model (TRM)

2. Analysis phase: Outlining a reference information system framework

  • Data and content flows among your information system city planning zones, districts, and blocks are identified using customizable reports and dashboards 
  • Different information system city plans are analyzed and compared
  • Customizable reports and dashboards are used to check whether the information system architecture and infrastructure are consistent with your information system city plan
  • TOGAF deliverables are generated and tailored to your organization’s communication needs

3. Optimization phase: Developing the target information system architecture and planning the necessary transformation

Developing the target information system architecture

  • Maps of the target application architecture, data, and technical infrastructure are created
  • The solution can also manage different versions of information system elements

Planning the transformation

  • Gap analyses are used to pinpoint areas where architecture changes are needed
  • Graphical tools like Gantt diagrams are used to plan changes over time
  • Reports and dashboards help communicate transformation plans across the organization

Benefits

IT departments and enterprise architects are responsible for obtaining a clear view of their IT architecture, outlining a reference framework, setting up information system governance, and responding to changing IT needs.

MEGA’s application architecture solution helps system architects and enterprise architects describe, structure, and optimize information systems so that your organization can:

Obtain a comprehensive overview of your IT assets

Our solution gives you a comprehensive overview of all elements of your information system and their interdependencies, thanks to its application, data, and technical infrastructure mapping features as well as its ability to generate information system city plans. Descriptions of all these elements are centralized in a single repository, ensuring overall consistency – especially in terms of interdependencies. Our solution lets you build a business glossary so that all stakeholders use the same vocabulary for your information system elements, thereby facilitating collaboration. Communication across your organization is made easy through deliverables generated automatically from data in the repository. All this means you get a better understanding of your entire information system, enabling you to make informed decisions about system upgrades.

Set up effective information system governance

To set up effective information system governance, you first need an in-depth understanding of your information system architecture, a reference framework to follow, and powerful analytical tools so you can make informed decisions about system improvements. Our solution gives you a comprehensive overview of all elements of your information system and their interdependencies, letting you better understand your information system architecture and determine the relevant reference framework. The solution also includes practical communication tools. The different types of reports and dashboards generated from data in the shared repository will help you make the right decisions about information system architecture standardization, rationalization, and optimization.

Develop the target information system architecture and plan the necessary transformation

With the information system city plans created by our solution, you can identify the best practices for building a functional architecture that provides the stability and agility needed in your information system. The solution’s mapping and version management features give you a clear view of the target information system architecture for your organization. Using reports generated by the solution, you can identify the effects that a change in one layer of the system would have on the other layers. The solution’s graphical and gap analysis capabilities let you manage the transition to the target information system architecture, prioritize upgrades, and plan them out over time.

Our secure, web-based application architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform integrating all MEGA operational governance software. This means you get greater synergies and collaborative efforts among departments, as well as a clear, shared view of key information about your organization. Our HOPEX platform helps ensure that all stakeholders are working toward the same goals and supporting your organization’s operational governance strategy.

Customers

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