IT Architecture

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Overview

Our IT architecture solution lets you describe, structure, and optimize your information system architecture, enabling your organization to:

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

IT departments and enterprise architects are responsible for obtaining a clear view of their IT architecture and setting up IT governance rules, while providing the agility to respond to changing IT and business needs.

Our IT architecture solution was developed to support IT architects and enterprise architects throughout the IT asset rationalization and optimization process.

Based on proven modeling techniques and standards like TOGAF, our solution gives you a toolset for mapping your entire IT system – including applications, data, information, infrastructure, and technology – and their interdependencies. Your IT architects can also use it to develop a reference architecture for your organization to set up an IT governance system.

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

Our IT 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.

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 shared repository. Our solution’s mapping features for application architecture, data, and infrastructure let you see the different layers of your IT system and their interdependencies. The links between application layers and businesses are described in IT city plans. And the collaborative workspace gives stakeholders across your organization access to these diagrams, which can be tailored to their particular user profile.

Outlining a reference IT framework

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

Developing the target IT 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 IT architecture tailored to the needs of your organization. Our solution can also help you plan your 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 IT architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform. It helps ensure that all stakeholders are working toward the same goals and supporting your organization’s enterprise governance strategy.
As part of our IT strategy delivery lineup, our IT architecture solution will let you step up to a risk-aware, cost-effective IT governance system.
Used in conjunction with our digital transformation solution, our IT architecture solution will let you see the impact of potential transformations on your IT assets and make sure that any changes comply with your IT policies. That will enable you to successfully turn change into a strategic opportunity.

Features

Our IT architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform that integrates all of our enterprise governance solutions. Secure data access, workflows, and reports can be configured for each user profile. The solution is designed to support business IT architects at every stage of the IT architecture process.

A collaborative modeling workspace with access management capabilities, an integrated search engine, 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 IT architecture.

Our IT architecture solution can be configured to fit different user roles.

Mapping IT assets and their interdependencies

Mapping your 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 IT 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)

Outlining a reference IT framework

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

Developing a target IT architecture and planning the necessary transformation

Developing a target IT architecture

  • Maps are created of the target application architecture, data, and technical infrastructure
  • The solution can also manage different versions of IT 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 your organization

Benefits

IT departments and enterprise architects are responsible for obtaining a clear view of their information system architecture and setting up information system governance rules, while providing the agility to respond to changing IT and business needs.

Our IT 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 your IT architects and their business counterparts a comprehensive understanding of all components of your IT system and their interdependencies, thanks to its advanced application, data, and technology and infrastructure mapping features as well as its ability to generate IT city plans. Descriptions of all these components are centralized in a single repository, ensuring overall consistency – especially in terms of interdependencies. Our solution lets IT architects build a business glossary so that all stakeholders use the same vocabulary for the IT components, thereby facilitating collaboration. Communication across your organization’s departments is made easy through the automatic generation and circulation of decision-ready deliverables.

Set up effective IT governance principles

To set up effective IT governance principles, IT architects first need an in-depth understanding of their IT architecture, a reference framework to draw from, and powerful analytical tools to support informed decisions about potential upgrades. Our solution gives your IT architects an in-depth understanding of all components of your IT system, up to business layers. It also includes practical communication and workflow tools. The different types of reports and dashboards generated from data in the shared repository can help your IT architects and their counterparts make the right decisions about IT system standardization, rationalization, and optimization.

Develop a target IT architecture and plan the necessary transformation

Our solution’s IT city planning capabilities can help your IT architects ensure alignment between your IT architecture and business needs, and provide greater agility for upgrading your IT assets in general. Its mapping and version management capabilities will help you circulate the right versions of models, compare them, and gain insight into the right roadmap for your target IT architecture model. The solution’s dedicated reports will let you identify the effects that a change in one layer of the system could have on other layers and on your business as a whole. And its graphical and gap analysis capabilities will help you manage the transition to your target IT architecture, prioritize upgrades, and plan the IT transformation.

Our IT architecture solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform. It helps ensure that all stakeholders are working toward the same goals and supporting your organization’s enterprise governance strategy.
As part of our IT strategy delivery lineup, our IT architecture solution will let you step up to a risk-aware, cost-effective IT governance system.
Used in conjunction with our digital transformation lineup, our IT architecture solution will allow you to see the impact of potential transformations on your IT assets and make sure that any changes comply with your IT policies. That will enable you to successfully turn change into a strategic opportunity.

Customers

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