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(April 18, 2019)

Updating IT Portfolios With Enterprise Architecture Management and LeanIX

Java SE 8, Windows Server 2008 and whatever else vendors send your way

 

Oracle’s 2019 terms and agreements for commercial users of its Java SE 8 platform put Enterprise Architects on the lookout earlier than was expected for affected services in their IT network.

It’s the first Java version of many that the vendor has limited to a six-month transition cycle and grouped into its new subscription-based monthly pricing model—a stark departure from their previous offering of upfront licensing and annual support for two prior iterations of the language at a time.

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(April 11, 2019)

The Beauty of Choice: Configuration and Application Portfolio Management with LeanIX

Empowering your strategic approach to IT

 

How does your business define “good” Enterprise Architecture?

Rainer Bartsch, Senior Enterprise Architect for RWE Supply & Trading, asked audiences this question during his presentation on “Application Harmonization using Design Principles in LeanIX” at LeanIX’s EA Connect Days—an annual conference of ideas and technologies related to the world of Enterprise Architecture.

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(April 09, 2019)

Starting Conversations with Collaborative Enterprise Architecture: Data Collection and IT Inventorying With LeanIX

A proven method

 

It’s sad to say, but we’ve forgotten how to work in teams. Despite the proliferation of Kanban boards, daily “Agile” stand-ups, Google Docs/Polls and Slack, we still fail to ask the right questions at the right times to get answers to the problems that matter most.

So just imagine how difficult it is for Enterprise Architects to collect data in environments where communication channels don’t actually produce much in the way of meaningful (read: fact-driven) communication.

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(April 05, 2019)

Curing IT Complexity with Modern EA Management: A Customer's Journey

A lesson in organization

 

RUAG, a Switzerland-based manufacturer of technologies for the aviation, space and defence industries, needed a clear look into its IT portfolio.

After 15 years of consistent M&A and investments in new technology, their risk management efforts had become increasingly hard to manage as a result of its imprecise inventory of IT assets. In particular, it had collected a total of 17 ERP-like systems and 17 instances of SAP—the combinations of which were significantly muddying attempts to obtain a functional overview of their present and potential IT capacities.

Transparency was needed to enable further activities—and fast.

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(October 17, 2018)

Post-Merger Blues: The Accidental Enterprise Architect (Part 1)

The unexpected beginnings of a dynamic career

 

Your days consist of fitting business needs with IT capacity.

Patterns in an organization appear before you like a cascade of green binary.

And, most importantly, co-workers don’t totally hate talking to you…

At some point in time, whether or not you even realized it, you became an Enterprise Architect—that rare breed of crazy that speaks IT but thinks in business.

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(August 02, 2018)

Combining the pillars of modern Enterprise Architecture: Inventory and Modeling

Let’s review two indispensable tools for any self-respecting Enterprise Architect (EA): Inventorying and Modeling.

Both mechanisms provide unique advantages for handling complex IT ecosystems—and both present limitations which only the other can improve. 

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(July 27, 2018)

How Pinellas County, FL is Transforming Its Application Portfolio with LeanIX

Pinellas County is the 6th largest county in the state of Florida, with its Business Technology Services (BTS) division supporting the hardware, software and networks of 148 agencies and departments county-wide.

During EA Connect Day US, Nancy Halverson, head of Enterprise Portfolio Management at BTS, shared her extraordinary modernization journey and how LeanIX is helping her maintain control and visibility as she overhauls Pinellas County BTS’ application landscape.

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(July 18, 2018)

The Definitive Guide to Application Portfolio Management

What is application portfolio management

Application portfolio management (APM) is a framework for managing enterprise IT software applications and software-based services. APM provides managers with an inventory of the company's software applications and metrics to illustrate the business benefits of each application.1

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(March 29, 2018)

Enterprise Architecture Application Portfolio Management Best Practices



Obscurity in the Application Portfolio Landscape

Imagine you’re browsing retail stores in the mall. You have a healthy collection of business attire in various colors, leisure attire, and pajamas at home, yet somehow, you are drawn to a clothing store. A cream-colored cardigan jumps out at you. “This will go well with my burgundy corduroy pants.” you think. You approach the register, eagerly pay the €130, and head home.

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(November 01, 2017)

Application Portfolio Management: Value-Driven Architecting

Many older corporations rely on legacy systems, often built 40 to 50 years ago. These organizations are also putting off a very much needed overhaul of their IT landscape. Digital transformation is rapidly changing all aspects of business, and a part of the change is incorporating beneficial design and development practices like microservices, agile, and DevOps. In order to shift from legacy systems, there should be an active portfolio management practice in place.

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