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Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:56

Application Portfolio Management using Sparx Enterprise Architect

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Enterprise Architect supports comprehensive architecture modelling through its extensive support for standards and ability to allow extending such standards to suit organization specific needs.  Enterprise Architect can be used to create a holistic view of the organization with all granular details across the Business , Application , Information and Technology Layers captured in a single source of truth. The details are stored as Attributes associated to indvidiual artifacts, which can be used for slicing and dicing and further due diligence.

Application Portfolio Management includes several tasks which require careful analysis of Enterprise Architect model information. Dynamic, intuitive reports and charts provided by Sparx Systems Prolaborate can present the model information in Sparx System Enterprise Architect in a visual way to make users aware of current or upcoming architecture and specifications. This allows teams to take the right decisions driven by accurate model information.

The Architecture dashboards by Prolaborate leverage the information in Enterprise Architect Models. These dashboards allow Enterprise Architect modellers to address key reporting requirements such as application lifecycle management, portfolio management, cost management, health management and much more. Dashboards for these use cases can be created for different organizational units and consumers using Prolaborate Dashboard designer. This Article shows some commonly used dashboards for Application Portfolio Management

Application Health

The dashboard for application health check showcases the health indicator information for all applications (Systems). This is considered as one of the most informative views to understand the IT landscape. The clickable charts and reports allow users to understand the details if required.

Applications by Lifecycle

The dashboard for Applications by Lifecycle shows a holistic view of the Status of Applications in the IT landscape. This view allows users to be informed in the budgeting, forecasting, and new integration designs. The intuitive report allows searching Applications by Name or status and identifying its status. Users could also delve into the details to understand additional details of the systems including its IT and Business Units, Health Indicators, etc.

Application Ownership and Support

This multi-factor dashboard reports on applications, by its ownership (IT and Business) and Vendor (Support). The graph allows users to enable or disable a supporting vendor and see the result set or slice and dice based on Business unit or IT unit and understand the supporting vendor. These types of consolidated reports greatly simplify the due diligence activities and provide significant business insights.

Application Security Classification

The security dashboard for applications provides users with an overview of Security classification of applications categorized by its lifecycle. This chart gives users and governing authorities a clear view of applications that need attention and further IT Spend.

These dashboards present data in Enterprise Architect  models in a conceivable and comprehensible way that allows you to evaluate the application landscape seamlessly. This was a quick look at the Reporting and charting utilities in Prolaborate that allows performing Application Portfolio Management using Enterprise Architect models.

The video shows all these dashboards in action.

The Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server offers a powerful gateway for third party tools to integrate with Enterprise Architect models. Pro Cloud Server allows users to Explore, query, retrieve and update information from Enterprise Architect using powerful OSLC interface.  Prolaborate, powered by Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server, is a sharing and collaboration software for Sparx Enterprise Architect, that makes model sharing simple, efficient and collaborative. Prolaborate is an agile way to foster model based collaboration across the enterprise. It lets modellers engage wider business community with customized landing pages, simplified forms, structured reviews, instant notifications, advanced visualizations and much more.

Visit www.prolaborate.sparxsystems.com or Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or would like to look at some worked out examples in Enterprise Architect to enable such Architecture capabilities.

Read 1677 times Last modified on Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:25
Nizam Mohamed

13+ Years with Sparx EA - Training, Consultation, Customization and Support. Offered Training and Consultation for Sparx EA clients across the world.

Key Skills - Sparx EA - Metamodel definition, Deployment, MDG Development, Addin Development, Advanced Documentation Templates, Model Harvesting.

Complimentary Skills
Business Development, Data Warehousing, UML, SysML, BPMN, Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architect, TOGAF, ArchiMate, SDLC management.

https://prolaborate.sparxsystems.com

3 comments

  • Comment Link Aaron Brown Tuesday, 05 March 2019 15:18 posted by Aaron Brown

    What security level has the SPARX cLoud offering been certified - is it FEDRAMP? SOC1? SOC2? As a US governmental entity, we require FEDRAMP certification to be able to use third party cloud tools....?

  • Comment Link Nizam Mohamed Wednesday, 02 January 2019 10:48 posted by Nizam Mohamed

    Thanks for the comment Guillaume, Yes these views are results of proper modelling efforts and can be applied on any EA model. Early due diligence to define and standardize a set of tagged values and relationships allows effective model harvesting and would simplify these activities.

  • Comment Link Guillaume Monday, 24 December 2018 08:43 posted by Guillaume

    A very nice and useful way to use the information from an Enterprise Architect modelling repository, whether it contains the Enterprise Architecture as shown here, UML analysis and design models, data models, a systems design (MBSE/SysML), business processes (BPMN), etc.
    Thanks Nizam.

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