Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions


Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions
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  • 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.

 

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 248 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : August 2010
ISBN : 1849681201
ISBN 13 : 9781849681209
Author(s) : Richard J. Reese
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Architecture & Analysis, Enterprise


Table of Contents

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

Richard J. Reese

Richard has 30 years experience working as an Enterprise Systems Architect for some of the largest companies in the world including, Discover Financial Services, IBM (Certified I/T Architect), United Airlines and W.W. Grainger, Inc. Richard led these organizations in major technology transformations resulting in long term improvements in business process flexibility. Richard developed a number of technology strategies and led conversion in the use of massively scalable transaction processing, distributed databases, web-based processing, Service Oriented Architecture, Mobile Banking and large volume decision support. Richard published a book about EA in 2008 (I/T Architecture in Action) and is an experienced speaker.
Richard has a Masters of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantitative Information Science from Western Illinois University.e-mail: rjreese@avreservices.com

 

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What you will learn from this book

  • Support The Open Group’s TOGAF methodology with an automated product
  • Measure the impact of IT solutions on the business.
  • Ensure strategic project alignment, application optimization, and IT governance using the Troux's EA Repository
  • Communicate complex architectural models that promote understanding, not confusion.
  • Utilize metadata to generate measurable value for business as well as IT.
  • Use business-capability maps to focus resources on high returning projects.
  • Explore the various applications of the Troux Transformation Platform and also learn how the Troux platform is designed.
  • Deliver measurable improvements in IT operations by interpreting how an EA Repository works with a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) and Project Portfolio Manager (PPM).
  • Understand how Troux’s EA Repository supports The Open Group’s TOGAF methodology.

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.

Approach

The book introduces topics in a broad context using a “best practices” model. Then the Troux Transformation Platform is used to provide concrete examples for the concepts. The book reads more like a novel than a manual, but provides insight and background to topics. In addition to clear language, many illustrations and graphics are included to enhance concepts. The book is not intended to be a user manual nor does it take the place of online content best managed by websites.

Who this book is for

This book is for the IT professional interested in using the rich content available in IT management systems to drive business value. Anyone involved in managing IT systems, defining IT architectures, managing IT standards, responsible for Enterprise Architecture, or the Enterprise Program Management Office, will enjoy reading this book. In addition, users of the Troux Transformation Platform or IT professionals implementing the TOGAFTM methodology will find this book a useful reference tool.

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