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Enterprise Architecture: Metastorm ProVision

End-to-End Enterprise Architecture – Strategy to Business Architecture to Information Architecture
What if you had a clear and comprehensive view of your organization’s key resources-- people, products, processes, systems and technologies? And what if you understood the relationships between these resources, how they related to the goals and strategies of the business and could quickly and easily analyze and plan changes to the enterprise? This is what Metastorm ProVision® gives you—a comprehensive Enterprise Architecture (EA) solution for Business Architecture, Information Architecture and Strategic Planning that allows you to effectively plan and make decisions that are more aligned to business objectives, reduce organizational risks and better optimize business resources. Such capability is particularly valuable during challenging economic times when getting the most from your organizational resources is essential. Read more.Adobe PDF

 
 
Key Capabilities

Benefit: Better enterprise understanding, analysis and strategic planning enables decisions that better align with key business goals such as greater agility, greater resource optimization, and reduced risk.

Metastorm ProVision®’s comprehensive EA support for Business Architecture, Information Architecture and Strategic Planning, allows organizations to holistically model, understand, analyze and plan their business. Metastorm ProVision uniquely pairs strong Business Strategy, Business Architecture and Business Planning capability with strong support for System and Technology Architecture. With Metastorm ProVision® an organization can have Business Strategy driving Business Architecture driving Information Architecture driving Technology Architecture – and much more.
Benefit: Model more and faster to deliver quicker and more valuable results from your EA initiatives.

Ease-of-use is a key attribute of Metastorm ProVision®. Discipline/role-based personalization and "dimensional" views allow users to focus on what is relevant to their specific role and objectives. Metastorm ProVision heavily utilizes conventions that people don’t have to learn—they already know. Rich model pallets and galleries ease creation of new models. Search and "where used" tools make finding and reusing objects easy. At any time users can access ProGuide, which provides integrated product guidance and best practices.
Benefit: Personnel trained in specific methodologies will be able to collaborate effectively with others using different methodologies.

Organizations and sub-organizations will often pursue different modeling methodologies. Metastorm ProVision® can support multiple methodologies right out of the box and, where desired, have them successfully complement each other. For example, Six Sigma Black Belts can peacefully coexist and share models right beside the TOGAF practitioners. It is also very easy to create a new methodology or hybrid of an existing methodology, with just a few clicks of the mouse – and no programming is needed!
Benefit: Easily leverage the work done by industry and business experts to apply best practices and establish standards.

Many organizations want to use established industry and process specific reference models. Metastorm ProVision® makes this easy by incorporating a broad range of such models, including: Financial Models (including Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Value Chain Reference Model (VRM), Supply Chain Operational Reference Model (SCOR – pictured here), Design and Customer Chain (DCOR and CCOR respectively), and more.
Benefit: Accelerate and increase the value delivered through your EA efforts through a unified set of frameworks and approach.

Metastorm ProVision goes beyond providing software and pre-integrated methodologies by delivering supporting frameworks and an overarching taxonomy designed to unify the various modeling areas and disciplines, thereby dramatically accelerate time to value. Many of our Fortune 500 clients have found this to be an extremely useful and cost saving set of capabilities not found in other EA products.
Benefit: Broader and more effective business participation will yield superior results—larger returns, greater consensus, fewer unintended consequences and lower risks.

The Metastorm Knowledge Exchange® repository allows potentially thousands of users at an organization to collaborate on the definition, analysis and optimization of their enterprise resources—all from a common repository which provides a common basis of understanding. Web-based access makes participation simple and easy from anywhere in the world. Advanced collaboration features such as granular access control, check-in/check-out and "where used" features facilitate collaboration while preventing potential "collisions" and security/governance issues.
Benefit: Models and their analytical tools can be used in "what-if" scenarios to enable the business to make accurate and valuable changes based on understood business impact.

Metastorm ProVision's extensive analysis and planning capability allows an organization to take the rich information captured about the enterprise and make informed decisions. Metastorm ProVision's broad array of reports and analytics addresses key areas such as portfolio management, project management, road-mapping, impact and dependency analysis, cost benefit analysis, risk assessment, key performance indicators (KPIs) and stakeholder evaluation.
Benefit: Maximize the value of your EA efforts by tying into related applications and systems.

The real power of an EA tool can only be realized if it can achieve synergy with other systems. Metastorm ProVision®'s open CIF (API) interface supports bi-directional integration with virtually any system. Robust, predefined interfaces have been established with a wide range of complementary tools and technology formats including BPEL, XPDL, WSDL, XMI, Visio, MS Project, Excel, Word, and numerous other BPM, workflow, ERP and IT implementation platforms and tools. Tight integration to Metastorm ProVision’s Business Process Analysis capability and Metastorm BPM® provide unique support from business strategy to execution.
Benefit: Get more from your EA efforts by making them more actionable. Make better process improvement decisions with a broader EA understanding.

Through its integrated EA, BPA and BPM capabilities, Metastorm Enterprise gives companies the ability to drive superior business alignment and resource optimization by connecting business strategy to the enterprise and business architecture, and then to the rapid analysis and execution of process improvements.
 
   
 
Metastorm delivers more than just software. Through years of experience across over 1,000 clients, Metastorm and its partners have developed a rich set of additional product “accelerators” which allow you to get the most from your investment and achieve rapid time to value. These accelerators are made available as various forms of Product Packs as outlined below.
Reference Models

Metastorm ProVision supplies domain specific reference models which provide the foundation for successfully defining the operations of key business functions. Pre-built reference models are available for Finance (Sarbanes-Oxley), ITIL, Supply Chain and Value Chain and are based on published standards, industry expertise and practical experience. Moreover, Metastorm ProVision is flexible enough to even allow you to design your own reference model. Learn More.

Frameworks and Taxonomies

Frameworks are used to encourage the use of a consistent structure for architectural descriptions. Because an Enterprise Architecture is a multi-dimensional representation of a large and complex entity, a variety of multi-dimensional structures (Frameworks) are possible, differing in the number and nature of the dimensions.

Widely used frameworks include the DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF), the Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Framework, Rummler & Brache, Six Sigma, and the Zachman Framework. Metastorm provides support for all of these frameworks by accommodating each framework's notation conventions and model types within Metastorm ProVision®. Moreover, Metastorm ProVision is flexible enough to even allow you to design your own framework. Learn More.

Metastorm Process Pods®

Time to value is a key requirement of today’s process improvement efforts. To achieve this, such efforts require rapid implementation and immediate, measurable impact. To help customers accelerate their process improvement initiatives and reap the rewards as rapidly as possible, Metastorm has created the Metastorm Process Pod® program. Metastorm Process Pods® are designed to provide a rich set of solution frameworks that serve as ‘implementation accelerators’ for Metastorm BPM®, Metastorm Integration Manager, and Metastorm ProVision® process improvement initiatives.

Function/Feature Metastorm ProVision Other Software
Intuitive Modeling Interface – Easy to use, drag-and-drop user interface for building models.
Comprehensive View – Understand and analyze the business relationships and dependencies within the context of the enterprise’s strategy, business, information, and technology architectures.
Support for Popular Architecture Modeling Languages – TOGAF, Zachman, DoDAF, FEA, etc.
Pre-integrated Popular Frameworks and Modeling Languages.
EA Taxonomy – A quick-start EA Taxonomy and related frameworks that will help you focus on the establishment of the architectures’ content and how to “use” and “unify” those architectures to support the needs of the business.
Object Association Support – Define and report on the associations and dependencies between your business artifacts.
Model More Than Architecture – Set the context for projects to assure that work is done within the boundaries set by the architecture. Guide the solutions.
Dimensional Support – All variations of an architecture can be modeled and viewed across dimensions such as geography specific solutions, timeframe (as-is/to-be), version, user community, etc.
Comprehensive Analytics and Reporting – View built-in reports as well as your own designs. Customize publishing to HTML, MS Word and other formats.
Strategic IT Planning Support – Access information and analytics focused at key IT and planning needs such as portfolio analysis, roadmapping, risk analysis, impact analysis, cost benefit analysis and project plans.
SOA Support – WSDL import and export of services and messages. Tie services to reusable activities to define an automated solution for each step in a process.
Common, Web-based Repository – Metastorm Knowledge Exchange® provides a ubiquitous access solution for projects or organizations spread around the world.
Web-based Collaboration – Modelers, reviewers and readers can access Metastorm ProVision models from anywhere using the Metastorm Knowledge Exchange® thin client.
Tight Integration to Complementary BPA and BPM Capability – Metastorm ProVision®’s BPA capability and Metastorm BPM
Integration to Other Software – Metastorm ProVision integrates into a broad range of complementary tools and technology formats including BPEL, XPDL, WSDL, XMI, Visio, MS Project, Excel, Word, and numerous other BPM, workflow, ERP and IT implementation platforms and tools.
Customer Description Customer Description
Atos Origin Reduced customer change defects attributable to insufficient business testing from 60% to 0%. Read More. Seagate Increased product quality – reduced disk drive defect rates by 66%. Read More.
HP Improved cycle time to streamline and enhance process performance. Reduced out-of-hours’ requests for help. Read More. AAPT Reduced over 2000 Lombardi process diagrams into a single repository of 229 interactive models. Read More.
Vertex Significantly enhanced Vertex’s SAS 70 initiatives. Read More.Adobe PDF MedioFLO Created over 200 process/workflow models to improve quality management and support ISO certification. Received recognition from the ISO registrar as an “Industry Best Practice.”  Read More.
Dyonyx Established framework for compliance with Department of Energy and North  American Electric Reliability Council requirements. Read More.Adobe PDF Delta Establishing a comprehensive Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture program. Eliminated waste of time, money and resources across multiple areas. Read More.
KDOT Defined and implemented comprehensive Enterprise Architecture strategy to ensure KDOT’s portfolio of processes, information applications and technology is optimized. Developed long and short range plans including system maintenance and enhancements. Read More. KDOC Employed enterprise architecture as a mature strategy for integrating business with technology to produce a long-term roadmap for the organization. Read More.
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