Having an Enterprise Architecture (EA) is critical to any organization as it provides the necessary linkage from business strategies through execution – with many steps in between. This traceability provides critical details about cause and affect – if I change something in my IT layer, what processes, people and strategies does it affect? Questions like these (and many more) help a business understand the impact of change before it happens.
The primary stumbling block for EA is the relative lack of objective metrics. This lack of fact-based information makes the architecture easy to argue with or ignore, as different people have different opinions. In the IT Portfolio layer for example, facts about the quality, risk and complexity of an application are not collected at all – or worse – the answers become a “best guess”. This misses an ideal opportunity to assess an additional level of detail when trying to analyze the impact of change.
CAST Highlight provides a smart integration with your current EA practice.
CAST Highlight adds objective metrics to existing enterprise architectures, supplying fact-based data on application risks, complexity and costs. It was built to complement existing EA programs, easily exporting this objective information for consumption by a variety of EA tools. Objective metrics around production risk and application complexity can now be viewed directly in your EA tool, providing answers to a new level of impact analysis questions. Add to that metric-driven costs on software maintenance and technical debt, and you now have unparalleled visibility across the architecture.