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Align IT and business for faster Digital Transformation.

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MANAGE YOUR IT ARCHITECTURE

For better business results

Software AG's Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management Platform provides a collaborative platform for aligning the IT landscape with the business to guide competitive transformation. You can describe complex IT systems in terms of their business, application, information and technical layers, and develop standards for change. Build the foundation for business-IT transformation with an accurate, real-time picture of the IT landscape, including all applications and technologies, the inter-relationships between them, the information they exchange as well as the business organizations and processes they support.    

What you can do with this platform

Gain insight
  • Get an accurate, real-time picture of the EA landscape, including all applications, the technologies they run on and the business processes they support
  • Ensure consistency and transparency of your EA landscape by using an integrated repository for business and IT
  • Profit from a rich set of functionality and resources including frameworks, such as ArchiMate® and TOGAF®

*ArchiMate and TOGAF are registered trademarks of The Open Group.

Communicate standards
  • Define IT standards to reduce costs, eliminate redundancies, and improve purchasing and managing of licenses and upgrades
  • Collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to understand technology usage and make better decisions on standards
  • Create standardization reports to confirm standards compliance in applications
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  • Understand the relationships between business processes and their supporting applications
  • Attain clear insight into the impact of change on business and IT
  • Achieve greater agility in providing digital business solutions

Key benefits

Ensure business results

Align IT structures with business objectives and processes to ensure that IT transformation goes hand-in-hand with the transformation of business.

Improve agility and flexibility

Transform your IT into a responsive and flexible construct to increase business productivity. Respond quickly and flexibly to new business challenges and meet business demands.

Improve compliance and control

Increase project control with a holistic approach to governance. Enforce compliance controls effectively. Improve governance via defined responsibilities and auditable processes.

Innovate faster

Increase transparency into the IT landscape to accelerate IT’s ability to innovate for the business.

Capabilities

EA design Design and implement an IT architecture that optimally supports the company’s business activities. Incorporate all architecture views—business, application, technology and information—into comprehensive architecture solutions.
EA frameworks & standards

Architects and analysts can adopt standard frameworks such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®) or ArchiMate® to guide the EA practice. Leverage high-level structuring frameworks such as Zachman® as well as detailed industry-specific frameworks, such as TM Forum’s Frameworx®.

*ArchiMate and TOGAF are registered trademarks of The Open Group.

Navigation & analysis Alfabet offers different ways to navigate through and analyze the EA repository, including simple, tree-based navigation and ad-hoc analysis in real time, more than 1,000 standard reports as well as spreadsheet-based analysis.
Lifecycle analysis Capture the lifecycle of all architecture elements and use standard reporting capabilities for conflict analysis between the various architecture layers. Integrate with operational business service management and change management solutions as well as application development and lifecycle management solutions to ensure there is a common view across the extended enterprise.
Standards definition

Use standardization to streamline processes across federated environments. Define standard components to be used as the base platform for individual projects. Research the existing environment for upgrade potential to rid IT of outdated, inefficient technologies. Top-down and bottom-up analyses as provided by Alfabet help decide on appropriate standards as they provide useful insight into:

  • Component usage
  • Criticality and rate of incidents
  • Technology strategy, trends and business requirements
Architecture governance Establish key elements of EA governance, encompassing enterprise-wide policies for the design, implementation and automation of EA processes—for example, in regards to transparency, responsibility, flexibility, accountability and commitment to the organization’s business goals. Use automated workflows, monitors and notifications to embed governance in the EA practice.
CentraSite connectivity Alfabet can help companies identify SOA-relevant business services and compose SOA processes. CentraSite operates based on Alfabet EA Management Platform planning decisions for service design, implementation and deployment in a run-time environment. After service deployment, reporting facilities track the status, usage and impact of any change to services. This information is returned to the platform to ensure that the central SOA planning and governance effort is supported by current and complete data.
ARIS interoperability

Create, plan and implement digital business solutions using one platform for collaborative business process analysis and IT solution design. ARIS-Alfabet interoperability provides:

  • Product interoperability for process/IT cross-analytics
  • Federated repository for flexible, customer configurable system of record
  • Automated synchronization of ARIS and Alfabet repositories
  • Aligned ARIS and Alfabet user interfaces for uniform “look and feel”
Collaboration

Connect and communicate across the departments to improve processes and identify IT requirements. The collaboration capability allows the user to:

  • Start a collaboration for any object on any page
  • Branch off to related views while maintaining the connection to the original object
  • Invite any number of participants
  • Add documents
  • Save collaboration streams as reference for later activities, such as a project

Business needs

Business/ IT synchronization
  • Create a common understanding of business strategy between IT and business departments
  • Derive IT requirements directly from business processes, strategies and capabilities
  • Communicate the business value of IT investments
  • Articulate how IT can drive business strategy and actively support business success
IT architecture management
  • Create an application and technology inventory of the existing IT landscape
  • Use standardization to ensure the IT landscape makes continual progress towards the enterprise’s architectural vision and is in step with new technologies
  • Improve IT agility by reducing the number of technologies being maintained, duration of projects and risk of downtime/failure
  • Reduce costs for licenses, operations, support and application integration, maintaining know-how to free up financial resources for innovation
IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (IT GRC)
  • Assess the impact of technology-related risks on business operations
  • Gain deeper insight into information security risks and threats
  • Improve the quality of developed solutions
  • Create transparency about the fulfillment of compliance issues
Application consolidation
  • Get insight into the business value of each application in comparison to the cost of maintenance and operations
  • Understand the impact of retiring applications on business processes
  • Implement a sustainable practice for continually reducing application costs despite introduction of new applications
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Translate your EA vision into the reality of deployable services
  • Transform redundant IT services into shared business services
  • Prioritize services that need to be built based on your EA
  • Make better investment decisions based on KPIs of the SOA deployment

Products

Alfabet Product Suite

Enables better IT investment decisions and reduces transformational risks by helping you understand when, where, how and why to make changes in the IT portfolio. This comprehensive suite links the interdependent perspectives of IT, business, finance and risk for “whole view” analysis of how IT can support business change. Using it, you can manage all your IT portfolios in a single environment, including demands, applications, technologies, projects, finances and risks. Gain unique insight into your current IT portfolio and get support for planning and realizing the future one.

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Alfabet Cloud

Combines best-practice portfolio management with state-of-the-art cloud technology to put IT portfolio management expertise at your fingertips. Delivered in two editions, Alfabet Cloud lets you decide which option best fits your needs based on budget, portfolio management maturity, program goals and stakeholders.

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SEE WHAT’S NEW

Alfabet 9.12

Driven to get digital? The new features of Alfabet 9.12 help you deliver the agile IT environment today’s digital business demands.

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Software AG was recognized as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools—for the ninth consecutive year.

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