Application Architecture Features

iServer provides an all-round platform for building your application architecture.

iServer provides a standardized approach for developing application architecture, enabling architects to specify communication between applications, interfaces, and data entities. With iServer, users can model application interaction and dependencies, showing how applications communicate with each other, what interfaces are required or provided, and what data is created and consumed by other applications.

 

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Central Repository for Application Architecture

Without a central repository to collate application information, the details of your application portfolio might be scattered throughout your organization. This means that senior stakeholders can’t make informed decisions or see where money is being spent, the architect struggles to reduce complexity, and users can’t access the information they need. By providing a central repository for application architecture, iServer increases visibility of application support across the organization, helping manage risks to business, projects and the overall IT landscape. The iServer central repository acts as a storage point for all application architecture related projects within the organization – a single source of truth. The repository structure can be implemented according to the TOGAF repository structure, which enables architects to manage their deliverables, locate reusable assets, and publish outputs to stakeholders. In addition, iServer fully supports the TOGAF 9 Application Architecture meta-model, as well as other relevant standards.

Templates & Models for Strategic Guidance

With fast paced technological change, it is essential that application architects are able to visualize and govern the entire application landscape of an organization. iServer provides a set of templates within the central repository to facilitate the development of the desired application architecture. Users have access to an extensive range of resources. For instance, iServer’s ‘Application-on-a-Page’ diagram showcases an organization’s application landscape along with their life cycle, detailing whether they are Live, Proposed, Phasing Out, Retired or In Development. This allows you to get a great overview of where the architecture is in the present and where it is heading in the future. Another great one is the Environments & Locations diagram, which provides useful insight into where applications are deployed, and what the relationships between them are. Having a clear image of the application landscape carries benefits that are visible throughout the whole enterprise.

Views & Dashboards

Nowadays, data is becoming increasingly abundant. Companies have reached a degree of complexity that makes it very difficult to keep track of what is happening within. To navigate the large amounts of content regularly found at an architect’s disposal, it is necessary to be able to identify those pieces of information that are genuinely valuable to the organization. By providing users with a solid views and dashboards system to help them filter the useful, we are answering the architect’s need for a tool to assist them in this important task. iServer features three types of views: List, Hierarchy and Matrix.

The dashboards available in iServer are beautifully designed and expertly crafted so as to facilitate communicating even the most complicated insight about the enterprise. iServer enriches an organization’s business intelligence (BI) by enabling access to the application architecture in the iServer repository via iServer BI Connect. This allows architects to develop powerful and attractive dashboards for communicating the application landscape and stakeholders. To these capabilities, you can also add an advanced searching and filtering system and the result is an application architecture solution that meets the highest requirements.

Framework Preconfigured Solution

iServer can be delivered to you preconfigured with your desired framework. Let’s say you decided to use ArchiMate for your application architecture practice. With iServer, you will find complete support for the ArchiMate 3.0 notation and meta-model, a complete set of ArchiMate viewpoints provided as Visio templates, ArchiMate diagram validation tool, an integrated TOGAF 9.1 and ArchiMate 3.0 repository when used in combination, the ArchiSurance case study from The Open Group, as well as resources including posters, user guides and white papers. iServer also provides an environment for capability-based planning to help application architects understand and map the capabilities required to support the business strategy. Finally, the ‘Applications by Capability’ template can be used to show applications required for a given capability, such as a department or a business unit.

Online Publishing

Companies face a big challenge to enable their workforce to communicate effectively. Keeping all stakeholders informed, engaged and supportive of a project is definitely important, especially when you consider how valuable feedback is. Therefore, it is imperative that content can be easily socialized with those that have an interest in the application architecture landscape. iServer's Communication Modules provide reporting, publishing and presentation capabilities that are which make it easy for users to share their repository with an unlimited number of stakeholders across the organization. Using iServer’s range of communication tools, application architects are able to ensure that their audience understands the different aspects of a complex application architecture. This enables alignment with strategic goals and objectives, and supports better decision making.

Impact & Dependency Analysis

iServer features an Impact Analysis Visualization tool which is extremely useful for determining the consequences of changes to the application architecture. It offers portfolio views and dashboards that make use of repository content to provide relevant information in support of cross-domain analysis, integrated reporting and decision analysis. Impact analysis visualizations are a great tool for identifying how exactly certain application components support business capabilities, and to assess the impact on the business’ ability to function effectively in different change scenarios. A number of reports, views, and Visio templates are also available to measure performance and reveal how the application landscape supports key processes and functions, as well as how it aligns with the organizational strategy.

Advanced Document Management

Application architects are supported in their efforts by iServer thanks to the platform’s full integration with the Microsoft Office suite. iServer is also capable of handling formats such as PDF, MPEG, AVI and JPEG, to name a few. This eliminates the need to use any other resources to document an initiative’s progress, which can be very time-consuming. Users have the option to create, import and link documents to an object within the repository, but also tag content. This may be used as an alternative method of classifying content.

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