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Ever try to find the most current architecture model or documentation in your organization?

In the majority of organizations I’ve been in it has always been time consuming and a challenge.


Modeling experience:

1.  1997-1998 Modeled in Oracle Designer 2000 which at that time had pretty good modeling capabilities. However, a centralized modeling tool was not a priority to the business to sponsor and lost traction.

2.  1998-2007 Visio was the accepted tool of choice, probably since the tool is very intuitive; file based, and seemed easy to search… 🙂

3.  2007-current Enterprise modeling tools have been my choice of tools lately, with the exception of some engagements where Visio still is.

 

Some Key Enterprise Modeling Functionality

1.  Allows you to centrally store and version your models.

2.  Each object (i.e. process, function, system, interface, data, infrastructure) has characteristics attached to further describe the object.

3.  The objects store metadata associated with them.

4.  Well defined drawings (views in TOGAF) define relationships between the different objects which allow for the automatic generation of TOGAF core matrices and catalogues.

5.  All objects are reusable including all the characteristics, descriptions/documentation, and relationships. (i.e. If you copy an object for your drawing, all other relationships are retained)

6.  For each model, documentation can be automatically produced defining all the components of the drawing

For more information on EA modeling tools check out this site.

 

What is the Value Proposition?

1)   Promotes an “Single Source of Truth” or the authoritative source for models and object definitions resulting in efficiencies in:

   a)   Streamlining business processes 

   b)   Time saved searching for most current documentation

Value: Consultants $$$$, architects $$$, project staff $$, support staff $

2)   Accelerates modeling and documentation for projects since:

   a)   Models are centrally stored in the authoritative source.

   b)   Accelerates models as core matrix and catalogue deliverables are automatically generated.

   c)   Documentation can be partially automated as objects have documentation associated.

   d)   Allows for impact analysis to reduce risk in organization changes.

Value: Consultants $$$$, architects $$$, project staff $$, support staff $


Challenges

Yes, there can be challenges in implementing an enterprise modeling tool process, governance, change management, standards,… However, if you have a good strategy and plan that is well thought out, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.

Value: Risk $$$$+

 


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