Intuitive EA modelling experience
Modelling in SAMU is totally different than in other EA tools – it is rather intuitive. In fact, even non-IT people enjoy it.
We have found the SAMU tool absolutely brilliant. With its flexibility, we have defined and captured both broad and detailed information on the various whole-of-government artefacts. The simple GUI interface is effective in performing logical analyses and designing possible to-be architectures.
The whole architecture graph or any segment can be shown on self-explanatory diagrams. In fact, every screen in SAMU is generated by the tool based on actual data. Queries deliver data for the report, while the visualization rules determine how the components appear (eg. The symbol used for a certain object type).
User-defined displaying rules can be used to analyze the architecture. For instance, you can highlight areas based on certain attributes (eg. All data flows on an application communications diagram, which systems transfer personal data).
Visuals are not just read-only, but users can actually update the architecture graph through these. You can build up your models by drag & drop of symbols from the sidebar, just like in Visio. However, in SAMU, all of these actions are database transactions – new components are new records, lines are associations between records and components that exist in the repository are reused.
As soon as you update anything, it becomes shared and visible to everyone.
Most importantly, SAMU is the single platform to model the upcoming transformation initiatives in the enterprise in a collaborative and agile manner. It contains not only the current state, but each and every future change of the architecture. It will simply become the most up-to-date architecture information source in the company.
Portfolios of architecture (eg. Business applications) can be analyzed and evaluated from any perspectives accurately in SAMU. For instance, survey and classify the business application portfolio according to its strategic importance, cost and quality attributes. Based on the findings, transformation projects can be launched, which of course can also be planned and governed by using the tool.
Understanding the risks and the impact of changes
Because SAMU contains the entire architecture graph, the potential impact of upcoming changes can be evaluated much quicker. Just pick any component and see how applying modifications to it can affect other components across the company.
Similarly, in case incidents happen (and they do), reports can help you narrow down the potential causes of the issue withinin seconds.
How about automation?
Yes, we use automation frequently, but our focus is more on getting people interested in shaping the future together. Nevertheless, SAMU is able to integrate with basically any other tool via web services or automatic data synchronizations.
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