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iServer Solves Problems for Solution Architects
iServer is a very solid solution architecture platform. It allows you to develop baseline architectures and manage requirements, all from a single location, and by supporting notations such as UML, iServer can be used to help develop use cases and visualize the architecture from either a strategic, top down approach, or a more technical, bottom up one. This gives the ability to understand business requirements and manage stakeholders’ expectations effectively. Therefore, its capabilities make it an invaluable asset for your company.
iServer is a platform created to solve problems. Its extensive functionality exists to cater to your every need, so you can feel confident about embarking on the most difficult of tasks. Please find below some of the most frequent issues that iServer helps solution architects resolve.
What are the highest priority project requirements?
Solution architects are often concerned with the design of systems and infrastructure required for the implementation of a specific solution, or business change initiative. As part of their regular duties, they need to provide justification for these efforts, but clearly breaking down the requirements in order to help decision making is seldom so straightforward. iServer comes to their aid by allowing them to list all requirements hierarchically. This ensures they get a precise understanding of all the requirements by priority, but also of which ones should be taken into consideration first so as to satisfy the majority of the stakeholders.
What technologies are impacted by the project?
Solution architecture, perhaps more than any other EA domain cross-references other architecture domains. This can obviously create a lot of problems during the implementation of an initiative if no steps are taken to identify whether, for instance, any crucial technology is affected. Because of it spanning other domains, such as technical systems and infrastructure, having a catalog of all the related technologies that are impacted by a project is very useful. It gives the solution architect information on what the affected technologies will be before the implementation, which may highlight opportunities for optimization.
How does an initiative affect data entities?
We’ve already mentioned that a project unexpectedly impacting technologies can have highly negative consequences for the enterprise as a whole. The same is true for data entities, which is why solution architects will also need to ensure that they are aware of the impact any initiative will have on different Data Entities. That’s why iServer has a view to show the data entities categorized into subject areas in order to help the solution architect understand how their project can potentially affect data, as well as clarify what the consequences of this would be.
How do I rationalize individual portfolios?
Application portfolio rationalization is a strong driver of value for enterprises. Architects are expected to regularly report opportunities for gaining efficiencies to management, which is why it takes a high place on their task list. By providing capabilities for visualizing what capabilities are supported by a higher than average number of applications, iServer enables users to identify certain capabilities where there is a real possibility of there being an opportunity to rationalize the individual portfolio since the load would be carried by the remaining applications. The Impact Analysis Visualization tool is great at identifying important applications, on which a great deal of capabilities rely.
How do I create diagrams for better communication with developers?
Having a good understanding of various architecture domains and being able to manage time and resources is definitely an important aspect of a solution architect’s job. However, so is managing people, which is why effective communication is crucial to get the desired results. Because developers tend to be a special group, almost like a separate unit unto itself within the company, often times it can be difficult to engage with them. However, the UML notation in iServer lets you create standardized UML diagrams in order to improve and enhance communication software developers. When stakeholders speak the same language progress is achieved more easily, an outcome that surely will satisfy all parties involved.
How do I communicate a summary of the solution landscape instantly?
As an architect, you may have interesting and valuable information to convey. However, if it isn’t packaged the right way, your efforts might yield less than you hope. iServer’s dashboards are a great way to illustrate a large amount of information at a glance, and do so at a level that is accessible to a wide range of stakeholders. Consider, for example, the Physical Solution Architecture reference Diagram, which has the capability to visualise Web Services, the Service Layer, as well as the Operational Layer on the same page. It is a great means of enhancing communication with your audience, whoever they may be.
How do I effectively manage project requirements?
As a solution architect, you have to be crystal clear when it comes to documenting your work. After all, you are charged with delivering a solution whose implementation will probably involve many people from a number of departments, spanning more than one domain architecture. iServer helps you by ensuring requirements can be documented and captured in the solution architecture repository and related directly to work packages and technical solutions that address them. This supports traceability and ensures solution scope is managed and initiatives are always delivering tangible business value.
How can I quickly share solution architecture insights with stakeholders away?
Imagine you have identified a useful fact about the solution landscape and would like to share it with a department on another continent. We recognize the importance of acting quickly on important finds which is why our platform features two great Communication Modules for these situations – Portal and HTML Publisher. These allow iServer users to disseminate information in a timely manner and provide great value with their capacity to engage stakeholders enterprise wide.