The 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 CXOs worldwide.
With the help of the APM Accelerator pack, architects can quickly begin modeling the data and present a comprehensive analysis of Application Management to stakeholders.
The accelerator package involves the following:
For Application Portfolio Management, Sparx Systems created a specialized toolkit (MDG Profiles) with model governance and restrictions based on the Metamodel that is in line with Application characteristics and connections.
MDG Profile allows the users to construct the model with a well-defined structure and relationships as per the metamodel. Profile provides the users with a customized toolbox & pre-defined pattern. MDG Profile enables users to build models with clear linkages and a specified structure in accordance with the metamodel. Users are provided with a customized toolset & pre-defined pattern by enabling the APM Profile in the Model.
The Customized Toolset makes the users to easily create elements and their connections as available in the metamodel. The Customised Toolset enables users to quickly design Application Portfolio Management Model with necessary connections as per the metamodel.
The pre-defined model patterns allow the users to easily begin modeling the package structure which aligns with Application Portfolio Management. Pre-defined patterns are incorporated within the MDG Profile. Users can choose from three alternative sets of patterns while building models. The pre-defined templates are listed below:
Sparx Systems developed a sample set of data and values in an excel spreadsheet that are in line with the Application Portfolio Management to respond to the concerns of the stakeholders. The excel contains separate sheets with sample data for the various artifacts (Application, Application Services, Domains, Sub Domains, Organisation, Stakeholders, IT Application Owner & Projects) involved in the APM metamodel.
A detailed overview of the spreadsheet is provided in the table below.
|S.No||Sheet Name||Contents||Import Profile|
|1||Organizations||List of Organization's names and its description.||APM-Organization.profile|
|2||Stakeholders||List of stakeholder's names and its description.||APM-Stakeholder.profile|
|3||IT Application Owner||List of Application Owner's names and its description||APM-ITApplicationOwner.profile|
|4||Projects||List of Project's names and attributes with description.||APM-Project.profile|
|5||Application Services||List of Application Service names and its description||APM-ApplicationService.profile|
|6||Domain||List of Domain names and its description.||APM-Domain.profile|
|7||Sub Domains||List of Sub Domain names with descriptions and related parent Domains.||APM-SubDomain.profile|
|8||Application Inventory||List of Applications with descriptions, attributes, and related artifacts (Application Services (Provides), Application Services (Consumes), Sub Domains (PartOf), Project (Impact), Stakeholder (Uses), IT Application Owner (Owns), Organization (BelongsTo)) as per the metamodel.||APM-Application.profile|
|9||Integrations||List of Source Applications and Target Applications with their respective integration properties (Integration Type, Interface Mode, Integration Status)||APM-ApplicationIntegration.profile|
The import profile column in the above table displays profiles utilized for each sheet to import the data into Sparx Enterprise Architect Model using MDG Office Importer Add-in.
The MDG Integration for Microsoft Office Add-in is to be installed as a pre-requisite to import the model data from the spreadsheet using the customized APM import profiles. Click here to download the add-in.
Using APM import profiles, the user maps the Excel Spreadsheet column with appropriate Sparx Enterprise Architect Element / Connector Properties.
The harvesting model is a part of the Application Portfolio Management Solution. Excel Spreadsheet data are populated into Sparx Enterprise Architect Model using Import Profiles in MDG Office Integration for Microsoft Office.
The Project structure of the model contains an Application Layer, Business Layer, and Governance Layer which act as a catalog.
|Application Layer||Application Inventory||Applications|
|Domain||Application Domains & Application Sub Domains|
|Application Service||Application Services|
|IT Application Owner||IT Application Owner|
Using data in the Model, insightful reports are published in Sparx Prolaborate Platform.
The user downloads the APM Accelerator pack as the first step. The pack includes the following
Import the MDG into a Sparx Enterprise Architect Model.
Place the ModelPatterns package in the user's following path - "C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Sparx Systems\EA" to enable model patterns to create in models which makes the user start the modeling with ease.
As a pre-requisite, the user must download the MDG integration for the Microsoft Office installer using the following link
Once the profiles are imported in the MDG Integration for Microsoft Office Addin. Using MDG Integration for Microsoft Office, the user must import the data from the APM - Model Harvest v1.xlsx sheet.
Imported elements are created under a new package. It is necessary to move these imported elements into the appropriate package created via Model Patterns.
Using MDG Integration for Microsoft Office, the user must import the Sub Domain Data from the APM - Model Harvest v1.xlsx sheet.
Using MDG Integration for Microsoft Office, the user must import the Application Data from the APM - Model Harvest v1.xlsx sheet.
Prior to importing application integrations, synchronize the GUID information from the application inventory sheet with the integration sheet in the newly generated excel post import of Applications.
Once the sheet has been updated with GUID information of the Application’s in the Integration sheet. Using MDG Integration for Microsoft Office, user can import the application integrations.
APM Accelerator pack helps to improve and enrich the Application Portfolio Management by involving a Sparx EA APM specific Model Add-in. This allows the user to automatically create integration diagrams for all the applications.