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Application BluePrint

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Overview

MEGA’s application blueprint solution lets you identify business needs, translate them into IT requirements, and outline the corresponding application specifications, enabling your organization to:

  • Ensure that you have an accurate representation and documentation of your application architecture
  • Seamlessly integrate your applications and SAP solutions into your existing information system architecture
  • Cut development costs and boost the efficiency of information system design projects

In order to design applications that are aligned with business goals and can be integrated into existing information system architecture, IT departments face two major challenges: determining a common language and providing clear documentation so that all stakeholders – from users across the organization’s business lines and functions through to project teams – share the same understanding.

MEGA’s application blueprint solution is underpinned by a model-based approach and requirement-oriented methodology. The solution covers the entire application design and SAP integration process.

The solution streamlines the information system design process by leveraging current international standards and industry best practices:

  • Unified modeling language (UML) for software engineering
  • Business process model and notation (BPMN) for IT process specifications
  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA) design methodology for software components 
  • Integration of SAP IT processes for end-to-end project documentation

The solution’s collaborative workspace, shared repository, and workflows facilitate the exchange of information, leverage existing standards, ensure data integrity, and structure the various validation phases of your project.

MEGA’s application blueprint solution covers the entire application design and SAP integration process, and can be configured to suit your organizational structure:

Application design

During the requirements capturing phase, information on the business processes and business needs relevant to the design project is identified in the solution’s repository. Diagrams representing the target application’s objectives and requirements are available to help.

Business requirements are then translated into features of the application during the functional analysis phase. The solution uses UML and BPMN diagrams to identify application features.

The impact analysis and reporting tools use the existing architecture to determine which applications will be affected and what, if any, components need to be created or modified. The tools can also be used to validate use cases.

Detailed specifications for each subsystem (with the application components and data models) can be produced on a reoccurring basis. Service interfaces, service-oriented architecture (SOA) component assembly, and the data processed by each component are represented on UML and BPMN diagrams.

The solution generates the necessary documentation (from preconfigured reports) throughout these phases of the application design process. Documentation is tailored to suit the user profiles of the different stakeholders involved in the process. Because all information is consolidated in a single repository, the documentation is guaranteed to be consistent and reliable. In addition, status reports can be used to track progress on implementation. These deliverables ensure that all stakeholders – from users across the organization’s business lines and functions through to project teams – are using a common language and accurate business vocabulary.

SAP integration

Our solution features a two-way interface and automatic synchronization with SAP Solution Manager, giving you end-to-end application design project management capabilities with SAP integration.

SAP concepts and structures are documented in the repository from projects saved to SAP Solution Manager or SAP Business Process Repository, making it possible to consolidate all project-related information in a single working environment. The solution makes it easy to map business processes to SAP structures and to identify to what degree the business processes can be handled by SAP components. The solution also handles SAP project lifecycle management, offering versioning management features.

The solution automatically generates the necessary documentation (from the repository) throughout your SAP integration project. Documentation is tailored to suit the user profiles of the different stakeholders involved in the process. Because all information is consolidated in a single repository, the documentation is guaranteed to be consistent and reliable. The single repository also ensures data integrity.

Our secure, web-based application blueprint 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 and 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 blueprint solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform integrating all MEGA operational governance software. It was developed to support IT departments throughout the application design and SAP integration process, with role management capabilities, workflows, and reports tailored to the needs of each user profile.

A collaborative modeling workspace with access management capabilities and a shared repository ensure that all data in the solution are shared, traceable, and secure, and allow for validation at different project phases.

The standard configuration is based on best practices, international standards, and our extensive experience developing application blueprints.

Our application blueprint solution covers the entire application design and SAP integration process and can be configured to suit different user profiles. The standard configuration offers the following features.

 Application design

1. Requirements capturing phase: Gathering information on business needs

  • The relevant business processes and business requirements are identified
  • Diagrams representing objectives and requirements are generated
  • Preconfigured reports are used to map project content to requirements
  • Documentation for the requirements capturing phase is generated automatically 

2. Functional analysis phase: Translating requirements into specifications

  • Business requirements are translated into IT specifications that comply with UML and BPMN standards
  • UML and BPMN diagrams are used to represent use cases, data models, state diagrams, system process diagrams, and HMIs 
  • Implementation of requirements is tracked via preconfigured reports 
  • Documentation for the functional analysis phase is generated automatically

3. Application architecture phase: Determining application components

  • The application components and services affected are identified via analysis reports
  • Components to create or modify are identified and their specifications produced via preconfigured reports
  • Use cases are validated with regard to the application architecture
  • UML and BPMN diagrams are used to represent the internal behavior of components involved in the use cases and processes
  • Implementation of requirements is tracked via preconfigured reports 
  • Documentation for the application architecture phase is generated automatically

4. Application specifications phase: Producing specifications and accurate documentation

  • Detailed specifications for the application components and data models are produced via an iterative process
  • Service interfaces, service-oriented architecture (SOA) component assembly, and the data processed by each component are represented on UML and BPMN diagrams
  • Implementation of requirements is tracked via preconfigured reports 
  • Documentation for the specifications phase is generated automatically 
  • UML models can be exported in XMI format
  • BPMN models can be exported in XPDL and BPEL formats

SAP integration

1. Documentation phase: Entering SAP Solution Manager concepts and structures into the repository

  • SAP Solution Manager concepts and structures are entered into the repository from project documentation or the SAP Business Process Repository 
  • Repository business process diagrams are accessed from SAP Solution Manager
  • SAP Solution Manager project documentation is accessed from the solution desktop
  • Documentation is automatically generated

2. Alignment phase: Mapping business processes to SAP Solution Manager structures

  • SAP Solution Manager structures are integrated into business processes
  • Automatic, two-way synchronization is established between SAP Solution Manager and the business process repository
  • The alignment documentation is generated automatically, and the degree to which business processes are handled by SAP components is highlighted

3. Lifecycle management phase

  • The SAP project lifecycle is integrated, with template, implementation, and maintenance (ALM) type project management
  • Versioning is managed using template-to-implementation and implementation-to-maintenance
  • Access to SAP transactions is possible from the templates

Benefits

In order to design applications that are aligned with business goals and can be integrated into existing information system architecture, IT departments face two major challenges: determining a common language and providing clear information system architecture documentation so that all stakeholders – from users across all the organization’s business lines and functions through to project teams – share the same understanding.

Our application blueprint solution helps IT departments identify business needs, translate them into IT requirements, and outline the corresponding application specifications so that your organization can:

Ensure that you have an accurate representation and documentation of your application architecture, the foundation for your development projects

The solution’s collaborative workspace facilitates the exchange of information between departments. All specifications are consolidated in a single repository. Changes are tracked and the solution’s graphical capabilities give you a clear, detailed view of the information you need to design your information systems. This ensures that all documentation is consistent, up to date, and reliable – crucial to the success of any IT development project.

Seamlessly integrate your applications and SAP solutions into your existing architecture

The solution ensures alignment with the business using requirements-based specifications. Analysis reports detail the impacts of changes on the existing information system architecture. All data are consolidated in a single repository, guaranteeing the quality of the documentation produced at each stage. The two-way interface with SAP Solution Manager enables end-to-end management of projects involving SAP integration right from the solution, where the projects can also be integrated into the information system design process. Graphical display capabilities and a collaborative workspace ensure that all stakeholders are using the same language and share a common understanding. Together, these features structure the step-by-step integration of your applications into your existing information system architecture.

Cut development costs and boost the efficiency of information system design projects

The solution leverages international standards such as BPMN and UML, as well as SOA practices. Using these standards and practices is a key factor in terms of the productivity of application design projects and establishes a shared language between IT departments and internal customers – crucial to the success of any IT development project. Specifications are generated automatically, getting high-quality deliverables to project stakeholders faster. Specifications are validated via a process based on the circulation of information among project stakeholders; changes are made solely through the collaborative workspace and workflows – helping keep projects on time and under budget.

Our secure, web-based application architecture blueprint 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

Read what our customers have to say about working with MEGA on their application blueprint projects: