Application BluePrint

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Overview

Our application blueprint solution lets you identify business needs, translate them into IT requirements, and automate the production of the corresponding application specifications, enabling your organization to:

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

To design applications that are aligned with business goals and can be integrated into your existing IT architecture, your IT department needs to speak the same language as your business users and provide clear documentation so that all stakeholders – from users through to project team members – have the same understanding.

Our application blueprint solution is underpinned by a model-based approach and requirement-oriented methodology. It covers the entire application design and SAP integration process.

Our solution streamlines the IT 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 business and IT process specifications
  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA) design methodology for software components
  • Integration of SAP IT processes for end-to-end project documentation

Our solution’s collaborative workspace, shared repository, and automated workflows and documentation facilitate information exchange, leverage existing standards, ensure specification consistency, and effectively structure the validation phases of your IT project.

Our application blueprint solution covers the entire application design and SAP integration process, and can be configured to suit your specific organizational structure.

Application design

During the requirements capturing phase, information about your business processes and business needs is gathered in our solution’s repository. Diagrams representing your target application’s objectives and requirement-tracking functions will help you determine what the project should actually cover.

Business requirements are then translated into features of the target application during the functional analysis phase. Our solution uses UML and BPMN notation in a user-friendly diagrammatic front-end to identify application features.

Our solution will help you validate usage scenarios for the target application. Impact analysis and reporting tools will show you which existing applications will be affected and what, if any, components will need to be created or modified.

Detailed specifications are produced to document service interfaces, service-oriented architecture (SOA) component assembly, and the data processed by each component.  These specifications draw on UML, BPMN, and IDEF1x standard diagrams.

Throughout these phases of the application design process, our solution will automatically generate specifications and the necessary documentation based on document and reporting templates. The documentation is guaranteed to be consistent and reliable since all information is consolidated into a single repository. Our solution also generates status reports to track project progress. Those deliverables ensure that all stakeholders – from future users to project team members – have the same information based on a common language and accurate business vocabulary.

SAP integration

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

SAP concepts and structures (like transactions) are documented in the repository so all project-related information is stored in a single working environment. Our solution maps business process breakdowns to SAP structures, and illustrates how business processes are handled by SAP transactions. It also handles SAP project lifecycle management, including with versioning capabilities.

Our solution automatically generates all necessary documentation. It can be tailored to suit various user roles. Because all information is consolidated into a single repository, the documentation is consistent and reliable.

Our application blueprint 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.

Features

Our application blueprint solution is powered by HOPEX, our signature platform that integrates all of our enterprise governance solutions. 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 affected services are identified in analysis reports
  • Components to create or modify are identified and their specifications outlined in 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 through 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 through an iterative process
  • Service interfaces, service-oriented architecture (SOA) component assembly, and the data processed by each component are represented in UML and BPMN diagrams
  • Implementation of requirements is tracked through 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

To design applications that are aligned with business goals and can be integrated into your existing information system architecture, your IT department faces two major challenges: determining a common language; and providing clear information system architecture documentation so that all stakeholders – from users across your organization’s business lines and functions through to project teams – have 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

Our solution’s collaborative workspace facilitates information exchange between departments. All specifications are consolidated into 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 IT architecture

Our solution lets you seamlessly integrate your applications and SAP solutions into your existing IT architecture. It ensures alignment with your businesses using requirements-based specifications. Analysis reports detail the impacts of changes on your existing IT architecture. All data are consolidated into 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 IT design process. Graphical display capabilities and a collaborative workspace ensure that all stakeholders are using the same language and have a common understanding. Together, these features structure the step-by-step integration of your applications into your existing IT architecture.

Cut development costs and boost the productivity of IT system design projects

Our solution leverages international standards such as BPMN and UML, as well as SOA practices. Using these standards and practices is a key factor in improving the productivity of application design projects and establishes a common 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 through a process where information is circulated among project stakeholders. Changes are made solely through the collaborative workspace and workflows, helping keep projects on time and under budget.

Our application blueprint 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.

Customers

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