Strategic IT Architecture & Roadmap

Strategic IT Architecture & Roadmap

Sandpiper provides innovative, vendor-neutral IT Strategies that focus on your unique business requirements

Architecture Frameworks

Several frameworks are available to enable the business-IT alignment that the platform infrastructure requires, such as ITIL, SOA, TOGAF and the Zachman frameworks.

Furthermore, there is a need for a framework that hides the details of disparate ‘vendor best practices’ while maintaining true linkage between the business and IT. To leverage these frameworks to enable architecture solutions, project management practices at our clients are changing from the traditional large-step waterfall, to one of many small steps. Sandpiper follows the DSDM (AGILE) project methodology.

What we provide

Our strategy provides CTOs, CIOs and CAOs (Chief Architecture Officer – a new & common term recently being adopted), with a practical and comprehensive method & set of tools to create and maintain control over the development & evolution of their information architecture, as a true support to the business goals & drivers.

The Architecture Design

Sandpiper provides different views of the architecture from the perspectives of the different stakeholders; depicting its compliance with the TOGAF, SOA, SNIA, ITIL and ISO standards, architectures, models and frameworks. An outline of the platform architecture building blocks, the relationships between these blocks and all interrelationships with other domains in the architecture should also be discussed at a high-level.

As you can see from the diagram to the right, many different components are required for each portion of the TOGAF framework. Each customer may wish to drill down into more detail within each portion, in the example below it may be the Technology Architecture component.

Service Oriented Infrastructure (SOI)

SOA and it’s specific framework component of SOI are important as guidelines to enable the architectural design to fully address the architecture and business principles required.

The diagram to the left demonstrates the specific infrastructure components of the SOI framework.

Matching the IT Tier

Sandpiper’s architectural focused approach helps achieve the support & delivery of our customer’s IT-related services in a way that is in line with their unique business requirements. This means your IT organization becomes a competitive edge & strategic partner to your business with direct IT-Business linkage, business planning & real-time infrastructure. The architecture & migration plan must completely support your IT principles & the service levels required by the applications & other workloads that run the business processing in support of your customers.

IT Governance

The overall IT infrastructure is very important to ensuring that your required availability services & business needs are met. However, the management of this infrastructure is also key to the overall project’s success. It is important to ensure that the architecture is compliant with the IT Governance and Maturity Models that you embrace.

The recommended solutions architecture Sandpiper will provide will embrace the overall administration, maintenance, and support processes that are defined for your environments. This includes identifying lines of ownership for both the business & technical teams & defining the responsibilities for all of the Customer’s systems. Your governance model will need to establish rules for appropriate usage of IT infrastructure environments.

An effective governance plan will ensure that the system is managed & utilized as per its originally designed intent to prevent it from becoming unmanageable & costly to maintain overtime. The management of an enterprise-wide system involves both a strategic, business-minded approach to develop the rules & procedures for the use of the system & also a tactical, technically-competent team to manage any operational tasks that are required to keep the system running.

Taxonomy

Taxonomy is the core component of information architecture. As illustrated in the diagram, taxonomy interrelates with all of the other components of information architecture. Derived from analysis of usage patterns and information flow, taxonomy guides the visual design of information navigation and administration in compliance with standards and guidelines. There are two aspects of taxonomy: view and structure.