Benefits of using iServer for Solution Architecture
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iServer’s comprehensive support for all architecture domains and a variety of viewpoints enables end-to-end support for solution architecture development and management. So far, we have showcased the extensive features iServer places at your disposal in order to assist you with building your architecture. Below you can find some of the benefits most often mentioned by our clients that you can expect following deployment.
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Single Source of Truth
iServer creates a single source of truth for your solution architecture. The platform provides a central repository for your team to collaborate on models, catalogs and documentation. Thus, it establishes a collaborative modeling practice built on Microsoft Visio, which creates a familiar and trustworthy environment for your organization to develop its architecture. The repository, therefore, caters for all business, technology and integration architecture artefacts and viewpoints, allows solutions architects to understand the scope and impact of the change initiative, and allows them to develop view to communicate solutions to stakeholders at all levels and with varied interests. iServer offers a number of example views and templates out the box. Lastly, it is worth noting that it provides a number of governance and collaboration features so as to minimize the risk of unauthorized submissions or duplication through features such as role-based permissions, change management (versioning) and email alerts.
Strategically Sound Planning
Having the iServer repository preconfigured with a certain framework, as well as having a number of widely accepted templates and models to guide your initiatives, ensures you deliver solid, reliable work. What does that mean? Ultimately, this body of work translates into great decision making, which leads to projects that meet or even exceed the highest of expectations, which ensures the enterprise’s continued success.
iServer provides a number of types of solution architecture views for you to generate as your project progresses. Here are just some examples of the types of solution architecture views iServer can help you generate – conceptual solution architecture, logical technology architecture, UML Case Diagrams, as well as solution architecture documents. The conceptual solution architecture view provides a high-level overview of the proposed solution, so it does not go into the detail of technologies or integrations required for the solution. The logical technology architecture assists in defining the technical solution landscape, identifying the different types of technologies required or impacted by the solution.
UML Use Case Diagrams assist in identifying the business requirements to be addressed by systems and processes of the proposed solution. It represents users interactions, or use cases, as well as the expected outcomes of using a system. The Solution Architecture Document is an example of the output of the solution architecture in the iServer repository. This type of deliverable is often used for approvals and governance activities.
With its advanced dashboards capabilities, iServer allows users to gain insights that would have otherwise been out of their reach. By tapping into this valuable reservoir of information that might otherwise remain unused, the company effectively receives an extra layer of knowledge which it can incorporate in their strategic planning processes. For instance, users can easily view the relationships between project goals and capabilities, on one hand, and application and technology level components on the other. This insight into their alignment allows for a holistic approach to developing the architecture.
Since these dashboards and views greatly facilitate the exchange of information, it also maximizes the chance of having a good idea get traction with the right stakeholders and thus drive additional value for the enterprise. Communicating information is just as important as discovering it, which is why these tools that allow you to build engaging presentations are so important.
Alignment with Industry Best Practice
iServer provides support for a vast range of frameworks. Building your solution architecture on a platform that provides you with all the tools to succeed (e.g. preconfigured repository, meta-model, attractive Visio notations, validation rules etc.) contributes significantly achieving a high standard of work. The UML notation in iServer can be used to create standardized UML diagrams for easier and better communication with software developers. It can also be used to show the relationships between consumers and providers of application services, and to describe the structure or behavior of specific applications. iServer can also be aligned to ArchiMate for modeling the high level conceptual descriptions of applications, and BPMN for the more detailed, lower level processes. When you develop your architecture in accordance with industry best practice, you can expect streamline, cost effective processes and operations, a sound strategy in place, as well as consistently strong audit performance.
Enhanced Communication & Stakeholder Engagement
iServer’s communication modules (HTML Publisher and Portal) enable seamless communication within the business, but also outside it. With HTML Publisher, users can easily produce a snapshot publication of a solution architecture view. iServer HTML Publisher offers full cross-platform support including phones, tablets, and desktops, so anyone in the organization can be reached whether in the office or on the move.
iServer Portal allows your team to share the latest repository content with the rest of the organization via an online portal. An unlimited number of business users can browse, review and search for diagrams and documentation using a web-browser, posting their comments and feedback to drive improvement. What these two modules ultimately provide you with is a fast and straightforward way in which to interact with stakeholders from around the world and share information at any time and on any medium. Such a level of engagement is consistent with an organization that thinks and acts quickly in order to grow its position in the market place.
Long Term, Cost Effective Planning
The cheapest way to fix a mistake is to not make it. With its extensive range of analysis tools, iServer allows you constantly plan ahead and be prepared for undesired scenarios. If your organization is preparing to make changes, the platform’s impact analysis capabilities will provide great value by enabling you to analyze the different consequences and results of changing the design of the solution architecture. Furthermore, because it lets you see how different paths play out in the end without you actually inflicting any change in real life, it directly saves money, time and effort. In addition, it also creates considerable value indirectly by ensuring the best course of action is always implemented. By using iServer you get the ability to understand the business and technical impact of change and a holistic view of the impact of change initiatives across the organization.
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