Infrastructure Architecture Features

Visualize the impact of proposed changes and gain meaningful insight that will allow you to drive more value for the company using iServer for Infrastructure Architecture.

We created iServer with a goal in mind – to offer companies the best infrastructure architecture platform on the market. It provides the solution for planning and implementing an organization’s infrastructure architecture. With the ability to align a single repository to industry standards, and visualize the technology portfolio in dashboards, iServer helps architects ensure the infrastructure is scalable for future business needs. Below you can find some of its many great features.

 

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Central Repository for Infrastructure Architecture

The iServer central repository enables you to store all the infrastructure architecture related projects within the organization. Its structure can be modified according to the TOGAF repository structure, enabling architects to manage their deliverables, publish outputs to stakeholders, locate reusable assets, and generally adhere to industry best standards (TOGAF is the most widely-used framework). Because it fully supports the TOGAF 9.1 Technology Architecture meta-model, as well as other standards, iServer provides the ability to define, govern, maintain and audit documentation of infrastructure and technology standards, processes, and policies related to core infrastructure. It enables documentation and storage of architecture deliverables and provides access to a ‘single source of truth’ for all architecture information. The repository supports TOGAF’s Technical Reference Model, which means it offers a number of tools and techniques for users to develop and visualize your organization’s infrastructure architecture standards, processes, and policies.

Templates & Models for Strategic Guidance

The central repository in iServer offers a number of templates based on industry standard Technical Reference Models and information such as BDNA’s Technopedia, which can be customized to meet specific business needs. This creates a foundation to support technology and industry standards within the business. With accurate information, you are likely to build a solid infrastructure architecture, one that will support achieving the business goals.

We consider it essential for architects to be able to support alignment with high-level business strategy and goals so they can manage vendor contracts and stakeholder expectations. iServer’s models and templates makes it easy to align technology strategy with current business strategy and ensures that the appropriate capabilities and solutions support the business effectively and efficiently. These decisions are necessary to identify gaps, define a target architecture or improve opportunities to ensure application and technology assets provide high value to the business. The infrastructure architect can also anticipate growth and ensure organization’s infrastructure is scalable for future needs.

Views & Dashboards

In today’s business world, data is ever more readily accessible. As a result, it is actually becoming increasingly difficult to filter what is useful from what is not. 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. List, Hierarchy and Matrix are the three types of views available in our platform, and they will prove useful time and again as you go about completing your projects.

iServer features dashboards that serve to communicate large amounts of information about the infrastructure landscape to desired stakeholders. In them, data from multiple areas of interest may be combined in order to convey as comprehensive an image as possible. Our advanced searching and filtering system is also a noteworthy feature.

Framework Preconfigured Solution

The sooner you establish a good foundation to your architecture, the sooner you can start producing useful output for your employer, which is why we offer you the option of having iServer deployed with the preconfigured framework that suits your needs. Let’s say you decide to use TOGAF. iServer provides the TOGAF 9.1 meta-model and extensions, all object types and relationship types, and the full set of metadata definitions, including lifecycle dates or statuses allowing you to monitor data against a time horizon. It includes all object types, such as process application, actor and capability, as defined in the TOGAF 9.1 Standards Specification. Attributes or meta-data that are captured against each object type, including cost, category, and status, can easily be added to the meta-model within iServer.

A complete set of diagram templates (viewpoints) are provided for each phase of the architecture development method (ADM), with attractive notation and examples. These include TOGAF 9.1 (many extension diagram templates such as Architecture Roadmaps are also included), TOGAF 9.1 Documents and TOGAF 9.1 Catalogs & Matrices (tools to generate, edit and export TOGAF list and matrix views).

Online Publishing

Because of the scale of an enterprise’s operations, often times it can become very difficult for disparate stakeholders to engage with one another. This can be because of physical remoteness, a different time zone, distinct as well as poorly connected business departments etc. The challenge of having employees engage one another with ease is indeed relevant since they need to receive feedback on content and also provide reports.

To enhance the communication level between all these actors, iServer's features two Communication Modules – iServer HTML Publisher and iServer Portal. These provide reporting, publishing and presentation capabilities which make it easy for users to share their repository models and documentation with an unlimited number of stakeholders across the company.

Impact & Dependency Analysis

iServer enables users to create views and dashboards with the use of its Impact Analysis Visualization tool. A great asset for supporting integrated reporting, cross-domain analysis, and decision analysis, the impact analysis visualizations can be used to identify how legacy technology components support business capabilities, and to assess the impact on business processes if these technologies are retired. Having a clear idea about the technology landscape’s input in realizing important business capabilities and how it contributes towards successfully achieving established goals is an excellent way of finding opportunities for optimizations. In addition, it also supports planning activities.

Advanced Document Management

Our platform benefits from full integration with the Microsoft Office suite, but it is able to handle an extensive range of formats – PDF, MPEG, AVI, JPEG and others. Being able to document all the required information in a central location means architects can avoid wasting time and energy looking up documents in several disparate places, increasing their output. They can create, import or link documents to objects in the central repository and tag content as well.

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