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Enterprise Architect for Enterprise Architecture Management

Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is a versatile tool with advanced Enterprise Architecture Management capabilities. This tested and proven EA tool provides comprehensive framework-based architecture modeling along with advanced publishing and collaboration features.

Enterprise architect is both the most robust and versatile architecture modeling tool on the market as well as an enterprise-grade EA Management platform, providing the comprehensive capabilities that organizations need to capture complex Enterprise Architecture information and transform it into curated reports, charts, and visualizations that non-technical stakeholders can understand and use for analysis and decision making. A shared architecture repository combined with web based collaboration for discussions and reviews along with integrations to some of the most common IT enablement platforms makes Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect the tool of choice for organizations large and small.

Primary Capabilities of Enterprise Architect

Comprehensive Standards based Modeling

Actionable business insights are only attainable if your architecture models are consistent across the organization. Enterprise Architect supports most of the most common industry standard modeling languages as well as providing organizations the ability to define a tailored set of modeling standards unique to their organization. This approach supports the principle of architecture re-use without forcing architects into a limited-rigid way of working. The Sparx Systems approach to architecture governance leverages a combination of architecture metamodel, repository structure, role-based access control and governance processes to drive consistency across your architecture practice.

  • Build Architecture Models in a collaborative way using the central-repository based modeling solution with sophisticated role-specific tools to model Solution Architecture.
  • Design and Visualize Architecture viewpoints based on Frameworks and standards.
  • Model As-Is, To-Be, and transition states to provide a clear view of how solutions are designed to facilitate the transformation from the current state to the Future State.
  • Comprehensive Support for key Frameworks like ArchiMate, BPMN, TOGAF, FEAF, DODAF, MODAF, etc., allows organizations to design various viewpoints to depict complex scenarios in the Solutions.

Seamless Integration with Enterprise Tools

An Enterprise Architecture Management platform is more than a design tool. It is a modeling canvas to help architects assemble the building blocks of their architecture in one place where they can model the connective tissue of the enterprise and perform analysis to explain how things work and derive actionable insights to support decision making. The Sparx Systems architecture platform provides multiple options for integrating data from other enterprise tools as well as sharing architecture diagrams and model data through enterprise collaboration platforms (like Confluence and Sharepoint). While there has been a strong preference towards COTS and SaaS software in many organizations, legacy, home-grown applications are still quite common. To support these, Sparx Systems provides a robust set of APIs for developing custom integrations.

  • Create a connected, consolidated view of information from various tools in the Enterprise Tools landscape.
  • Experience the power of our REST API to seamlessly integrate and exchange data from external systems, ensuring the Architecture data is aligned with the broader tools.
  • Engage prominent stakeholders by publishing model information to Enterprise Knowledge Management Portals such as Confluence or SharePoint.

Manage Architecture Inventory

Organizations are complex and architects are masters at managing multi-faceted data models and breaking them down into consumable views that can be used to inform decisions across the organization. While many architecture platforms prescribe a limited set of architectural elements and views, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect provides the organization with the ability to model nearly anything they can imagine. Out of the Box modeling languages, combined with infinite tailoring options and the ability to integrate data from a wide range of external sources gives EA users a solid foundation to support architecture analysis.

  • View and manage a central Capabilities, Applications, Services or Technology Components repository and all its key attributes and interdependencies.
  • Filter, slice, and dice to find artifacts of your interest and analyze them in detail.
  • Customize your view and update Architecture information with granular, role-specific views, tailored to your specific needs and responsibilities.
  • Map artifacts to manage inter-dependencies between various architecture layers.

Design Tailored Rationalization Viewpoints

The web interface of the Sparx Systems architecture platform is all about engaging with stakeholders and making architecture content more consumable. While architects are masters of complexity, stakeholders are much more focused on a specific set of systems, operations, investments or decisions. Sparx Systems understands this and the web interfaces are designed to mask complexity by creating a set of curated views that provide specific information, to specific audiences to address specific business needs. Dashboards, Diagrams, Discussions and Reviews are used to focus the architecture discussion on the business problems that need to be solved. Configurable dashboards to design the most appropriate rationalization viewpoints to answer key business queries.

  • Use the Capability Hierarchy map to identify the business capability landscape using various lenses.
  • Use the Capability Application landscape to identify capabilities that align with Applications and identify risks, redundancies, and threats.
  • Apply the Gartner TIME methodology (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, Eliminate) to categorize your portfolio and find rationalization candidates.
  • Get an overview of data flows and dependencies between applications through provided and consumed interfaces.
  • Identify candidates for rationalization with pre-defined reports helping analyze the costs, Business owners, security classification, data classification and much more.

Transformation Roadmaps

Build and present transformation roadmaps that present an enterprise-wide outlook and transformation progress for various enterprise viewpoints, including capabilities, applications, and technology components. Enable stakeholders to make decisions regarding a wide range of factors, such as changes in the market, enterprise strategy, objectives, and architecture.

Visualization for Analysis and Collaboration

Considerable business productivity is lost going to different systems, reports and spreadsheets to compile the information needed to understand what is going on across the organization. Sparx Systems provides you with the ability to define role specific dashboards that aggregate all the key metrics and operational data points into unified, dynamic views that are immediately updated when the underlying data changes. What makes this capability unique is the ability to combine graph widgets, roadmaps, data cards, tabular data and architecture diagrams into the same dashboard. Curate complex Architecture information as meaningful visualizations to foster collaboration and due diligence.

  • Intuitive Role-specific dashboards to answer specific business queries of stakeholders and decision-makers
  • Ability to slice and dice data and apply heatmaps based on various data attributes for better insights.

Seamless transitions from reports to inventory to diagrams allow endless options for users to analyze model information.

Accelerators for Enterprise Architecture

Application Portfolio Management (APM)

A holistic view of business applications in an Enterprise landscape for better application rationalization

A centralized and managed inventory of applications with clarity on responsible stakeholders, associated Cost of Operations, technological obsolescence, lifecycle, data classification, security risk and other key attributes will real-time key insights to the stakeholders to drive key business decisions.

Get started with Application Portfolio Management solution with a comprehensive accelerator package that enables users to embark on their journey. Seamlessly dive into managing your application landscape using The Essential Architecture (TEA) Toolkit built based on industry best practices and insights requested by Stakeholders.

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Business Capability Management (BCM)

Align your Business Strategy and Goals to the capabilities, applications and supporting technology to optimize your IT investments and drive your desired business objectives.

Get started with BCM solution with the predefined configuration that enables users to embark on their journey of Business Capability Management.

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