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Mural: Design Collaboration Across Geographical Boundaries
Enterprise architects want to collaborate with businesses in real-time to design and create models, but due to geographical constraints, this is not often possible. Many enterprise architecture (EA) tools simply don’t allow the parties/teams to view changes in real-time.
Collaboration has always been a challenge within enterprises – and this challenge becomes even more profound when an enterprise:
- Is large and complex.
- Is geographically dispersed.
- Has workforces in remote locations.
- Collaborates with partners that are geographically dispersed.
- Would like to run design workshops remotely.
Mural is one such tool that impresses with its capabilities, including:
- Excellent user interface (UI) and user experience (UX).
- Out-of-box templates.
- Integration with other industry-leading products, like Dropbox, Microsoft Teams, Jira, Microsoft Word and Excel, GitHub, and Slack.
- Impact – Forrester Consulting did the analysis based on use of Mural at IBM and found strong indicators for savings and ROI, including $23 million in benefits.
A sound culture along with a nice tool pays dividends – but culture comes first; without the right culture that allows and encourages collaboration, tools cannot yield the expected value. If you are looking for a good tool for your designers, architects, and business to share, discuss, and collaboratively engage – Mural is an excellent choice.
iServer: Enterprise Architecture and Strategic Portfolio Management Tightly Aligned to Your Microsoft Suite
Orbus’s iServer provides quick and easy architecture and strategic portfolio analysis features for those embedded in the Microsoft environment.
Over 1,000 IT leaders and professions gathered for a diverse slate of technology and professional practice sessions this week at BA World Toronto, May 27-30, 2019. There has been broad representation from key vendors in the Product, Requirements, and Design Management category. Tom O’Reilly, the COO of Sparx Systems ran a session to explore how requirements management tools are a key part of a modern business analysis practice.
Enterprise architecture (EA) has become a caustic word in business planning as it is often associated with extensive paperwork and policing attitudes. As organizations move to a more digital universe, there is a greater need for strategic thinking that can blend both business and technology. Such a need makes it imperative for enterprise architecture teams to adapt processes to changing operating models or otherwise run the risk of being irrelevant. This research note provides a high-level framework for the EA team to adapt to provide smart business technology advisory support within the organization.