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CLP Power: Utility of the Future

Award Winning Enterprise Architecture

Objective: The CLP enterprise architecture team needed to update their architecture to set their organization up for growth. They moved from a project-siloed, application-centric architecture to a future fit architecture built around re-usable business capabilities. At the same time they built an architecture roadmap for a successful smart meter rollout.

About CLP Power Hong Kong: CLP Power provides electricity to more than 80% of Hong Kong’s population and is transitioning rapidly to renewables. Its business strategy is centered around Decarbonization, Decentralization, and Digitalization.

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University of Edinburgh

Preparing to Succeed

Use Case: To bring together all metadata across the university into a single-source truth. Helping to enhance scenario analysis and build reliable roadmaps, keeping stakeholders informed of time critical decisions.

About University of Edinburgh: Considered one of the leading universities worldwide, The University of Edinburgh has a rich history and noted alumni including Olympic champions, novelists, and prime ministers. Founded in 1582, The University of Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the United Kingdom.

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Webinar: Lombard Odier

Managing Technical Debt Using Enterprise Architecture

The Swiss Private Bank Lombard Odier have recently started a massive platform renovation program, code named “GX”. The main purpose is to reduce technical debt and re-architect the main parts of the platform. To succeed in this project, it is key to identify obsolete technologies, affected components and their dependencies. This workshop walks through how the bank is using ABACUS in order to: Define which technologies are obsolete and prepare the next 5 years technology roadmap, Identify the components to migrate & ensure that dependencies and projects intersections are well managed

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Webinar: Network Rail

Using Enterprise Architecture for What If Analysis & Business Change

Network Rail manages 20 of the UK’s largest stations and owns, operates, and develops all of Britain’s railway infrastructure including 20,000 miles of track and 30,000 bridges, tunnels, and viaducts. During this session Brian Hughes, Enterprise Architect at Network Rail provides an insight into their ‘What If’ analysis as well as a walk-through of their strategy in action.

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Webinar: Modern Woodman

Enterprise Strategy & Project Execution with Balanced Scorecard

One of the nation’s largest fraternal financial services organizations, Modern Woodmen of America serves nearly 730,000 members throughout the United States and manages over $17 billion in assets. Modern Woodmen relies on its EA team to help outline business strategies and determine clear routes to outcomes. The team uses Balanced Scorecard and the Business Motivation Model to capture decision-making and roadmap changes. They also use ABACUS to provide senior management with overviews of strategies and projects.

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Webinar: Enstar

Mastering Data: Creating an Effective EA Repository

By transforming your repository into a single source of truth, you help avoid data silos and allow business leaders to make informed data-driven decisions. During this webinar, the enterprise architecture team at leading global insurance company Enstar explores the key steps used to harvest their data into an effective EA repository helping to create value and master their data.

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Webinar: Man Group

Understanding your Application Landscape and What’s Important to your Organisation

Use Case: To meet the ever-changing requirements of the business, and to fully understand the application landscape and where the associated risks lie

Solution: Man Group walk through their application modeling journey incl. their challenges, solutions, and future use-cases they aim to support. Focusing on 3 key areas: Defining what is important and to whom, Identifying and modeling criticality, and Using algorithms to remove timely data inputs and provide quick insight into high-risk activities.

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Financial Services (Insurance and Employee Benefits)

Use Case: US insurance and financial services giant Ameritas wanted to eliminate spreadsheet sprawl and establish an authoritative source that could be referred to company-wide to guide cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, technical debt reduction and strategy.

Solution: The team is using ABACUS to integrate data from operational systems, to run impact analysis and to provide self-service access to compliance information. They have built an  up-to-date inventory of data, applications, servers and operating systems. They generate architectural artifacts including infrastructure diagrams, application integration diagrams, application catalogues and roadmaps. Employees from the CIO to datacentre operators, are kept informed using enterprise architecture data.

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Webinar: Suncorp

Navigating Large-Scale Application Management with Portfolio Models & Timeline Roadmaps

Managing the application portfolio at Suncorp, one of Australia’s largest financial services institutions, provides a strong and efficient foundation for the business.

The insurance giant’s enterprise architecture team employs ServiceNow syncing with ABACUS’ centralized repository, to maintain an accurate representation of current state and future lifecycle events. Leveraging ABACUS has facilitated work towards automating the production of target state roadmaps.

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Webinar: Suncor Energy

Constructing the Enterprise Digital Twin

Suncor Energy, a leading Canadian energy company, provides sustainable, trusted energy to millions each day. The architecture team at Suncor recognized the potential business value in creating a digital twin, or a virtual counterpart to their real-world system. This presentation identifies best practices for incorporating a digital twin construction into existing business processes and how to find value across your organization.

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Webinar: Amsterdam City Council

Use Case: To support the ongoing digitalization of local government in an effective and timely manner, architects benefit from a shared knowledge base.

This presentation provides insight into the ongoing journey of the architecture team of the City of Amsterdam towards this goal including the use of ArchiMate, Integrations and the move from primarily projects to also landscape contribution.

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Webinar: NXP

Modeling and Self-Service Dashboards to Support Business and IT Stakeholders

NXP is a world leader in semiconductor, automotive, industrial IoT and communications technologies. See how their EA team use a combination of ABACUS Enterprise together with ABACUS Studio to support a wide group of users and stakeholders by creating tailored dashboards for specific stakeholders and business area and using process maps, treemaps, graph views and catalogues to communicate information and provide valuable insights

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Tackling Cybersecurity Risk with Enterprise Architecture

Use Case: Sophos needed to ensure cybersecurity best-practice and secure clients’ trust by identifying potential risks within the business.

Solution: Using ABACUS, Sophos identified six steps to efficiently identify and reduce cybersecurity risks: security catalog setup, risk/security scoring, roadmapping, risk mitigation, visualization application landscapes and business capability maps, continuous risk reduction.

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EBOS Healthcare

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Medical, Animal Care

Objective: Increase business agility and establish a sustainable support model for the group’s core business systems. Reduce the number of ERP systems from 10 to 2 over the medium term.

Solution: Develop a solid baseline of knowledge within ABACUS to manage the evolution of the organization and the introduction of new Systems as well as the consolidation and retirement of existing systems.

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Jackson Life Insurance

Financial Services (Insurance)

Use Case:Tackle technical debt across 200+ systems. Calculate costs and risks associated with complex application code, outages, security breaches and unsupported software.

Solution: Over a period of only 6 months the team centralized technology and application data in ABACUS and ran cost and risk algorithms on their enterprise architecture models. By managing the risks associated with technical debt and legacy systems strategically, they quickly identified hard dollar savings and ways to improve IT capacity and efficiency.

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Reliance Industries


Use Case: Manage and transform a massive IT landscape comprising 3000+ processes and 1500+ applications spread over 10,000+ servers.

Solution: Reliance Industries is India’s largest private sector business enterprise and amongst the Fortune 500 companies. It’s businesses span 4G Digital Services, organised retail, and energy and petrochemical products. RIL has adopted a tailored TOGAF metamodel, and is using ABACUS to co-ordinate its architecture and IT management.

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Multinational corporation providing IT and professional services

Use Case: Architecture and roadmapping tool for a global services business.

Solution: CSC is using ABACUS to document and plan cloud-based services. Architects across four continents can access data centralized in ABACUS to document workflows, store technical data, manage projects and run impact analysis. They can quickly build technical roadmaps, release management roadmaps, strategic roadmaps and innovation roadmaps.

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Coventry Building Society

Light Touch for Heavy Lifting

Objective: To enhance their IT strategy and migrate successfully from Sparx and PowerPoint into a single source of truth. Ensuring the team are well positioned to deal with the demands of 2020: the move to remote working, increasing service expectations, technology transformation and changing demand of customers.

About Coventry Building Society: The Coventry Building Society is the second largest building society in the United Kingdom with total assets of more than £49 billion. The society provides a range of Mortgage and Savings products and solutions to over 1.5m members, keeping their members at the heart and focus of their company.

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Nationwide Insurance

Financial Services (Insurance)

Use Case: Model, understand and optimize the current business and IT environments and how they serve the needs of Nationwide customers. Model target architectures and implementation roadmaps that will best serve the needs of Nationwide tomorrow.

Solution: Business units model systems and processes in ABACUS. This allows the team to provide solution recommendations and produce architectural artifacts to communicate with stakeholders and executives.

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Enterprise Architecture for Smart Cities (Multinational Engineering Firm)

Use Case: Establish a single source of truth which brings clarity to the multiple IT systems, design teams, contractors and procurement in modern construction projects, and supports IoT.

Solution: Arup are using ABACUS to deliver complex infrastructure projects – airports, major sporting venues and world-class smart cities projects. This includes managing interconnected systems on a multibillion dollar smart city project in Qatar and planning of a new baggage handling system for a major airport operator.

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Technology EA Successes eBook

Achievements & Successes From Technology Enterprise Architects

Explore how a leading UK security software firm compared risk scorings using ABACUS algorithms and discover how tailor made meta-models allowed world leading semiconductor and technology company, to encompass both project and program management, and architecture to add value.

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MITA for Medicaid Authorities

US Healthcare Services (State Medicaid Enterprise US)

Objective: Support State Medicaid Agencies with State Self Assessment (SS-A) and enterprise improvement, planning and execution.

Solution: By leveraging the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) framework available in ABACUS agencies are able to streamline State Self Assessment. They can also put together roadmaps and project plans. Then use this repository for day-to-day enterprise management and for automation of State Self-Assessment.

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