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Sophos

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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Ameritas

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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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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KLP

Financial Services (Insurance and Pension Fund Management)

Use Case: KLP is Norway’s largest pensions and life insurance company. They needed to ensure compliance with GDPR and financial services standards. They modeled the company’s portfolios, using Excel to roundtrip their data with ABACUS and used this same data to inform and guide strategic planning and portfolio rationalization.

Solution: KLP Developed an interconnected understanding of the company’s systems, applications and business capabilities. They generate regular compliance reports for GDPR and other data governance requirements and industry standards. They mapped their infrastructure and business capabilities and used that to document existing systems. This allows the EA team to provide detailed analysis for rationalization and strategic planning.

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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

Conglomerate

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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CSC

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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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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ARUP

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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Nordstrom

Enterprise Architecture for Retail, Consumer Goods

Use Case: Create a robust business and IT infrastructure for a fast-moving business.

Solution: Nordstrom used ABACUS to draw together existing models and data to manage risk and put together enterprise roadmaps. Their extensive business and IT infrastructure included systems for Finance, Administration, CRM, Manufacturing, Merchandise Inventory, Sales and Supply Chain. They were able to document links between applications, servers, departments, capabilities and initiatives to carry out impact- and trade-off analysis.

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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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London Underground

Public Rapid Transit System

Objective: Guide the (re)integration of former Metronet Rail and London Underground.

Solution: Use Business Process Management (BPM), Application Portfolio Management (APM), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and roadmapping techniques to guide integration of two organizations. The team centralized data and set out a roadmap to achieve cost-control, performance, reliability and strategic alignment.

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