Benefits of using iServer for Data Architecture
Understand the benefits of using iServer for your Data Architecture
In any architecture practice, it is vital that organizational data is defined, visible, consistent and managed as an asset. However, without well-defined governance and infrastructure, data architecture can quickly become inconsistent, or out of date. If that happens, architects are unable to see the full scope of the data landscape, including relationships and project scale, and there is a significant risk of poor data quality and high associated costs. iServer is a tool that empowers data architects. It allows you to manage, govern and standardize your data collection, storage and usage. Furthermore, by collaborating with your team using the central repository to define your target state, you can ensure your organization is using accurate and regulated data. Below you can find some of the benefits of using iServer.
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Single Source of Truth
iServer creates a single source of truth for your data 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 is the storage point for all the artifacts (which are governed by an underlying meta-model), architecture diagrams (in Visio format) and documentation (in various formats). The repository provides a number of governance and collaboration features in order 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 projects, ensures you deliver solid, reliable work on a consistent basis. iServer’s support for TOGAF 9.1 provides a repository to support the Architecture Development Method (ADM). The iServer Explorer folder structure in the repository is configured to support iterations of the TOGAF ADM, and is aligned to its appropriate phases. For each phase, there is a complete set of diagrams and documentation templates, along with supporting reference materials, such as BPMN 2.0 process diagrams, which show activities that are outstanding. Following a widely accepted framework ensures you build an architecture practice that meets the organizational expectations. In a real organizational scenario, data architects will be able to provide useful input when management asks for reports in order to facilitate decision making.
With its advanced dashboards capabilities, iServer allows users to gain insights that would normally be out of reach. By tapping into this valuable reservoir of information, 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 business goals and capabilities, on one hand, and how the data flows within the enterprise. This insight into business alignment allows for continuous optimization of the organizational processes. 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 in the first place, 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 infrastructure 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 to achieving a high standard of work. iServer’s enterprise architecture and business process analysis capabilities provide data modeling and meta-data management capabilities, aligned to BPMN 2.0, UML and other notations. This can be used to enforce controls over data models via the validation rule engine. When you develop your architecture in accordance with industry best practice, you can expect streamline processes and low infrastructure costs, due to optimizations and accurate planning.
Enhanced Communication & Stakeholder Engagement
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
Effective planning is a key element of any approach that aims to increase efficiencies. With its extensive range of analysis tools, iServer allows you to constantly plan ahead and be prepared for undesired scenarios. This includes identifying critical points in the data landscape in order to take measures and minimize the risk; or analyzing the data architecture to find opportunities for improvement. If your organization is preparing to make changes, the platform’s impact analysis capabilities will provide great value by enabling you to weigh the different consequences and results of changing the design of the architecture. Furthermore, because it lets you see how different paths play out in the end without you actually modifying anything in the real world 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. With its solid data architecture capabilities on three crucial layers (conceptual, logical and physical), iServer will enable your organization’s business transformation and offer real value.
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