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Simplify Your Transforming Digital Enterprise with SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer

Transforming and growing value from your enterprise’s digital assets in a digital world requires continuous, thorough communication and coordination at every layer of the enterprise. Otherwise, your enterprise will face a variety of challenges: miscommunicated expectations, lost requirements, constantly pushed-out deadlines, and subpar project delivery. Everyone involved in building and maintaining your digital infrastructure—from key stakeholders to analysts and architects to ground-level developers—must maintain contact with each other and have access to the right information to remove ambiguity, solicit feedback, and streamline development. You need a solution that suits an evolving digital enterprise: a dynamic digital blueprint that can be shared between business and IT landscapes. SAP brings this together as a common collaboration solution across your enterprise with SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer.

A high-level overview of interactions in SAP EA Designer.

SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer (SAP EA Designer) can be accessed by and shared with everyone at all levels to provide an end-to-end view of your enterprise architecture. With SAP EA Designer, you can model and visualize your enterprise information assets and, more importantly, see how they impact and depend on each other.

An Impact and Lineage Analysis view of an example HR architecture.

SAP EA Designer’s heterogenous support for third-party process and data sources allows you to describe and model information with a single, integrated environment in SAP HANA or other third-party databases. SAP EA Designer then acts as the centralized collaborative space between all stakeholders for tracking changes to metadata, standardizing versioning, and transferring knowledge about what data resides where. By using and updating the assets modeled as part of the daily process, just as you would a document or spreadsheet, SAP EA Designer becomes your enterprise’s “living document” for reflecting, at any point in time, an end-to-end view of your business with relative strategies, requirements, processes, data, and IT landscapes.

An example of the data in an Employee HR Payroll. Notice the Dependencies tab shows how this data is connected.

SAP EA designer is available as an on-premise solution or a cloud service to fir your enterprise’s development methodology. You can try this yourself by signing up for a free trail on the SAP Cloud Platform and follow these instructions to subscribe to SAP EA Designer. For a directed, classroom experience with SAP EA Designer, take the free openSAP course.

An example of an SAP EA Designer homepage.

Interweaving concise, efficient avenues of communication throughout your enterprise is not only key to delivering successful, on-time projects, but is vital for thriving in the digital world. By providing consistent, clear communication through all levels of the enterprise, you can build an enterprise architecture that delivers a common understanding, ensuring on-time, successful projects.  With SAP EA Designer, connect and visualize your enterprise to thrive in our digital world.

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