Business Architecture Features
Understand how the enterprise interacts and delivers value, whilst building your business architecture in a way that ensures its ongoing development.
iServer is here to help you develop and define the blueprint of your organization in line with your business strategy. iServer helps you to understand how the enterprise interacts and delivers value, as well as to build your business architecture in a way that ensures its ongoing development. We believe iServer is the best business architecture tool available and we base this belief on its exceptional capabilities.
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Central Repository for Business Architecture
The iServer central repository acts as a storage point for all business architecture related projects within the organization. It is effectively 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 Business Architecture meta-model, as well as other standards.
Templates & Models for Strategic Guidance
iServer provides a core set of templates within the central repository to enable the ongoing development of the desired Business Architecture. For instance, iServer features the Business Model Canvas, a widely accepted tool within the industry that provides a visual chart with elements to describe an organization’s business model building blocks. Additionally, iServer’s ‘Strategy-on-a-Page’ diagram showcases an organization’s strategy (drivers, goals, and objectives) aligned with identified core capabilities and initiatives. iServer’s Business Roadmap Initiatives template provides an attribute driven project roadmap where projects are grouped by programs and shows the linkage between capabilities to be delivered and the business strategy elements they fulfil.
The Business Motivation Model (BMM) provides a scheme and structure for developing, communicating and managing business plans in an organized manner. It identifies factors that motivate the business plans, defines elements of the business plans and indicates their interrelationships. The Business Motivation Model in iServer offers users the capability to drill down into drivers, associated goals as well as their objectives in order to provide them with the most accurate image of the enterprise.
Views & Dashboards
Let’s face it, all the information in the world won’t help you if you can’t make sense of it. What’s more, in today’s complex business world where data is ever more readily accessible, it is becoming increasingly difficult to filter what is useful from what isn’t. Our answer to that problem is a powerful and reliable views and dashboards system that will cut through the noise, bringing you the valuable insights your organization needs to stay ahead of the competition. iServer features three types of Views: List, Hierarchy and Matrix. These allow users to navigate through content quickly and effectively.
The dashboards available in iServer serve a similar purpose. They will help you instantly communicate large amounts of information to desired stakeholders, often by combining data from multiple areas of interest (e.g. Drivers, Goals, Objectives, Measures, Initiatives, etc.) in order to convey as comprehensive an image as possible. Lastly, add to all these capabilities iServer’s advanced searching and filtering system, and what you get is a platform for business architecture that will respond to your every requirement.
Framework Preconfigured Solution
Because we want to get you up and running as fast as possible, we can deliver iServer to you preconfigured with your framework of choice. Let’s say you decided to use ArchiMate® for your business architecture practice. Within iServer you can 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 with TOGAF 9.1, 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 business architects understand and map the capabilities required to support the business strategy. The solution comes with a number of out of the box templates to help with this, including the Microsoft Industry Reference Architecture for Banking (MIRA-B), the Banking Industry Reference Network for Service Landscape (BIAN), and APQC’s Process Classification Frameworks (PCF’s). iServer also provides a ‘Capability-on-a-Page’ template, which can be used to show resources required for a given capability, such as people, process, and systems.
iServer’s Impact Analysis Visualization tool provides business portfolio views and dashboards that supply live and updated information to support cross-domain analysis, integrated reporting and decision analysis. Impact analysis visualizations can be used to identify business capabilities that are supported by legacy technology components, and to assess the impact on business processes if these applications or technologies are retired. A range of reports, views, and Visio templates (including application scoring) are also available to measure performance and reveal how the application landscape supports key business processes and functions, as well as how it aligns with the business strategy.
Advanced Document Management
iServer is fully integrated with the Microsoft Office suite and as the platform is able to handle a broad range of formats, from PDFs and MPEGs, to AVIs and JPEGs, its ability to support your business architecture effort is even greater. As a result, information can be documented and managed in the context of the organization from a familiar collaborative environment, rather than spread across multiple isolated locations. Users have the option to create, import and link documents to an object within the repository. They can also tag content, which provides an alternative method of categorizing repository content rather than using folders.
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