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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: 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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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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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, Mark Harrison will explore the key steps which Enstar, a leading global insurance group, used to harvest their data into an effective EA repository helping to create value and master their data.

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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: Aurizon

Use Case: Aurizon is Australia’s largest rail freight operator and a top 50 ASX company. Discover how a small EA team set up a comprehensive repository and demonstrated the value of EA to stakeholders across the organisation.

Solution: Introducing Collaborative Data Management incl. interactive visualisations, Tackling Application Portfolio Management and reduction of Technical Debt, Embracing Fact Driven Decision Making supported by Rapid ingestion of Data, Managing the technology for pathing and infrastructure of 22,00 kilometers of rail network, and moving from delivering static reports to over 120 stakeholders helping to provide self-service live dashboards to keep the business up to date.

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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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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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