EAM Keeps Costs And Complexity Under Control

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First results of the SOA-lab workshops construction management the task flexibly to design complex application environments to be able to react quickly to changing requirements of the business, can be accomplished only with a modern IT architecture management. So has the SOA innovation lab in January 2010 a working group called, which should shed light on the different facets of the IT development management and present the findings to the members. After five workshop sessions, the Working Group communicated now first results. Today’s application landscapes are grown generally over several decades. Long term needs of the Organization were not sufficiently taken into account in early and often in later growth phases. Only with exceeding a certain threshold of complexity the topic for everyone involved is visible”, explains Workstreamleiter Falk Neubauer, IT architect, Suva. We want to achieve with EAM, that we make the application landscapes sufficiently flexible, the Organization needs of our company to be able to permanently meet.” The workstream is focused mainly on the following topics: representation of construction management, measurement and evaluation and planning process and roadmap. The visualization is one of the central means of communication, to illustrate the different target groups such as management, Department and IT complexity.

The applications range from white or hotspot analysis about the appearance of the technology portfolio to the classical development matrix. Certain forms of representation have already established itself and gradually be expanded in companies. So a domain map describes the technical architecture of the reference in its basic form, but can be used also for the assessment of the project portfolio by adding information. The use of a simple visual language established promotes understanding. Thus complicated issues can be communicated target”, recommends Neubauer. Was examined in the subject measuring and evaluating where measurement can help effectively the tasks of the IT development management. Possible fields of application include: identification of weaknesses in the existing IT landscape, measurable criteria for variant decisions or measures to ensure the sustainability of measures.