ABACUS 4.5 released with major updates
December 21, 2015
Major updates in enterprise architecture tool ABACUS 4.5 include sync, diagram and connectivity enhancements
Avolution has launched a wave of enhancements and upgrades to its flagship enterprise architecture and digital transformation tool ABACUS. Available from today, ABACUS 4.5 introduces sync and diagram enhancements, 64-bit compatibility, and server-side simulations amongst ten major new capabilities and over one hundred minor updates.
Avolution's Dr Tim O'Neill said:
"ABACUS is already one of the most user-friendly tools available for enterprise architecture and digital transformation. The major updates in ABACUS 4.5 improve usability for teams who need to collaborate on a central model, allowing them to easily manage merges from different locations and time-zones.
"We've continued to invest in our popular SharePoint Sync plugin, which offers the ability to build and maintain enterprise architecture models from SharePoint repositories."
For enterprise architecture teams collaborating on a central model, ABACUS 4.5 has the ability to synchronise or merge architectures via catalogues and diagrams using the Diff feature, with the added benefit of guidance on whether to sync / merge according to the specific 'diff'.
Diagrams have new options which enable greater visibility and traceability: enterprise models can now display connections including orthogonal connectors, pin-point anchoring and line jumps. When adding new components from the stencil or via dynamic connector, the Repository Search function automatically prompts users to select from existing names which are matching or partially matching their entry. This saves time and improves diagram consistency.
Compatibility improvements in ABACUS 4.5 include the ability to run in 64-bit mode on 64-bit systems, allowing for greater utilisation of memory and significant operational improvements. Power users will be able to take advantage of the latest operating hardware and systems on the market while 32-bit system users will still have the option to run ABACUS in 32-bit mode.
SharePoint Sync compatibility has been upgraded with support for lookup fields, source/sink EEID columns for connection mappings, and the ability to quickly and easily sync new items which have been added in SharePoint. It allows editing existing mappings to add new fields without having to manually add the fields in SharePoint first. In addition, ABACUS simulations can now be run from scripting, allowing command-line execution of them on the server-side; and ABACUS can also export data to Microsoft SQL Server.
Users of ABACUS 4.5 will have greater visibility into architecture changes as ABACUS now directly records creation details for architectures and elements, and modified details for elements and element properties which can be easily accessed through the various properties windows within ABACUS.
Coinciding with the launch, Avolution has upgraded its support systems by introducing a self-service licence signing option to ensure users do not have any difficulty connecting to licence servers due to firewalls.
Avolution has updated the meta-model support for the platform including enhancements to the ABACUS 4.5 meta-model; ArchiMate 2.1 and TOGAF 9.1 from The Open Group; and OMG's Business Process Management Notation BPMN.
ABACUS 4.5 is available today. For more information and a free 30-day trial of ABACUS click the TRY ABACUS button below or contact Avolution to upgrade your current ABACUS licence.
ABACUS is used by companies worldwide to manage enterprise architecture, IT and business strategy and digital transformation. ABACUS users deliver insights and value quickly:
• Import data in minutes from SharePoint, Excel, Visio and other sources
• Choose an off-the-shelf framework or metamodel or configure an enterprise specific meta-model
• Analyze using KPIs and metrics and create future state architectures and roadmaps
• Report with rich visuals including heat maps, treemaps, diagrams, charts and dashboards
ABACUS supports Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM), Business Process Management (BPM), Customer Experience (CX), Solution Architecture (SA), IT Service Management (ITSM), Business Intelligence (BI), and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC). It is available either on premise or as a Windows-free SaaS tool.