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Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions

Book Description

Driving business value through strategic IT alignment.

  • Gain valuable insights about the role of Enterprise Architecture in today’s dynamic business environment.

  • Learn about the Troux Transformation Platform and how it supports the disciplines of Enterprise Architecture, transformation planning, and project-goal alignment.

  • Understand the value of integrating metadata from many sources to deliver new management insights about IT effectiveness

  • Identify and create information about business capabilities.

  • An illustrative guide packed with loads of screenshots to explain best practices for business and strategic IT alignment.

  • In Detail

    Is it possible to actually measure the contribution IT makes to business? Are there ways to communicate complex IT topics to business leaders in ways they understand? This unique book uses the Troux Transformation Platform to show IT leaders how to reach their business partners.This book covers how to generate tremendous business value from aligning business strategy with IT strategy. It uses a leading product as the example of applying best practices to produce the aligned business.Best practices are explained in a clear language with a number of graphics.

    When IT delivers solutions that are aligned with business goals, real value is created. This book is written in a unique style that uses the Troux Transformation Platform as the hallmark of how to create the aligned business. The book introduces topics spanning IT portfolio management, strategic alignment, application optimization, IT governance, visualization, generating value, and more. Each chapter contains a context of best practices followed by useful examples taken right out of the Troux product. The book also covers topics such as modern architecture modeling and supports the TOGAF methodology with the Troux product. There is even a chapter devoted to the topic of visualization. Most topics are introduced and discussed independently of the underlying product used for the examples. Thus, this book is a must read for anyone interested in business and IT strategic alignment.

    A guide of best practices targeting business and strategic IT alignment, use of TOGAFTM, and metric based value generation, all through using the Troux EA Repository.

    Table of Contents

    1. Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions
      1. Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. Acknowledgement
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. Who this book is for
        3. Conventions
        4. Reader feedback
        5. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      7. 1. Managing the IT Portfolio
        1. Management repositories
        2. Changing the conversation
        3. Troux Technologies
        4. Troux Transformation Platform
        5. Enterprise Architecture repository
        6. Summary
      8. 2. Strategic Alignment
        1. Alignment business case
        2. What is alignment?
        3. The aligned business
        4. Is measuring alignment possible?
        5. Alignment meta-model
        6. Troux Alignment application
          1. Bridging EA with the EPMO
        7. Summary
      9. 3. Application Optimization
        1. Our legacy
        2. Optimization meta-model
        3. Optimization process
          1. Step 1: Establish the application portfolio
          2. Step 2: Define application categories
          3. Step 3: Establish core stewardship/ownership data
          4. Step 4: Establish application metadata scope
          5. Step 5: Load application data
          6. Step 6: Train owners and stewards
          7. Step 7: Establish "information user" needs
          8. Step 8: Analyze and rationalize applications
        4. Using the database
        5. Optimizing the portfolio
        6. Summary
      10. 4. IT Governance
        1. IT standards
        2. Architecture governance process
          1. Sample application architecture questions
          2. Sample information architecture questions
          3. Sample network architecture questions
          4. Sample platform architecture questions
          5. Sample operations architecture questions
          6. Industry trends and open standards questions
        3. The virtual Chief Technology Officer
        4. Governance and managerial behavior
        5. Troux Standards
        6. Summary
      11. 5. Managing the Function
        1. Targeted charter
        2. Staffing the function
          1. Vice President/Director of Enterprise Architecture
          2. Director/Manger of Architecture Governance
          3. Director/Manager of Solution Architects
          4. Solution Architect
          5. Director/Manager of Domain Architects
          6. Director/Manager of Emerging Technology
          7. Research Services Coordinator
          8. Business Architect
        3. Management metrics
        4. Summary
      12. 6. Architecture Models
        1. The roots of Enterprise Architecture
        2. Modern EA modeling
        3. TOGAF and architecture modeling
        4. Troux Architect
          1. Model Browser
          2. Model Annotator
          3. Model Editor
          4. Model Designer
          5. Meta-model Developer
          6. File Formats
        5. EA modeling with Troux Semantics
          1. Asset domains
          2. Concept domains
        6. Establishing a business architecture
        7. Summary
      13. 7. Transformation Platform Architecture
        1. Architecture overview
        2. Troux Architect
        3. Troux Semantics
        4. Troux Metaverse framework
          1. Metaverse client tier
          2. Metaverse application tier
          3. Metaverse database tier
        5. Communications and data paths
        6. Firewall considerations
        7. Troux Collection architecture
          1. Typical data sources
        8. Summary
      14. 8. Metadata Management
        1. Metadata management models
          1. Centralized management model
          2. Federated management model
          3. Hybrid management model
        2. Data migration strategy
          1. Establish a credible core
          2. Automate maintenance
          3. Build from the core
          4. Promote usage
        3. Troux metadata collection
          1. About data collection
          2. Objective of data collection
          3. Data collection development process
            1. Step 1: Build a Collector
            2. Step 2: Configure TUX processing jobs
            3. Step 3: Deploy the data collection process
        4. Troux Data Collection Architecture
        5. Summary
      15. 9. Visualization
        1. Everything in one place
        2. Visualizing complex relationships
        3. Impact analysis
        4. Lifecycle management
        5. Technology blueprints
        6. Compliance management
        7. Batch reporting
          1. Reporting Framework
          2. Datamart Generator
          3. Reporting Systems Architecture
          4. Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT)
        8. Summary
      16. 10. Troux for TOGAFTM
        1. Introduction to TOGAF
        2. The Enterprise Continuum
        3. The Architecture Continuum
        4. The Architecture Development Methodology
        5. The Architecture Repository
        6. The need for an EA methodology
        7. Summary
      17. 11. Generating Business Value
        1. Reducing project cycle-time
          1. Streamline Requirements and Analysis Phase
          2. Streamline infrastructure delivery
        2. Reducing IT costs
        3. Identifying revenue-generating projects
        4. Positioning scarce resources
        5. Summary
      18. 12. Final Thoughts
        1. Managing the chaos
        2. Troux solutions
        3. EA and the cloud
          1. Establish a control point
          2. Strengthen existing policies
          3. Engage IT as the systems integrator
        4. The future of EA
      19. A. Glossary