Enterprise architecture’s the suite spot for Mega

David Rubinstein
April 6, 2009 —  Mega International defines process-inclusive enterprise architecture as the ability to define the strategy of an organization, and to put processes and technologies in place to support that strategy.

Today, the company is releasing the 2009 version of its Mega Modeling Suite, a modular tool set created for enterprise architecture (EA) management through business process modeling and IT planning. The suite is now compliant with the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) and MetaObject Framework 2 specifications overseen by the Object Management Group.

“The ability to define abstract metamodels can accelerate development,” said Dan Hebda, vice president of technology at Mega.

The suite’s IT Planning component now gives users the ability to “road-map from point A to point B,” Hebda said. Earlier versions of the suite only had lighter planning capabilities, he said. The software comes with a library of dashboards geared toward EA management, so business managers can get a clear picture of how their IT spending is lining up with business goals, he explained.
Business processes are handled in a new module to the suite, Mega Process BPMN, which enables business users and IT to communicate using a common description language. It also provides the ability to map processes and analyze concepts, Hebda said. In prior versions of the suite, analysis could only be done on what was known; now the Analysis Discovery tool can show users what can be done, he said.

Also, the suite can now be deployed on relational databases; previously it only worked with Mega’s metadata repository, but the object orientation within the data access component has been preserved, Hebda noted. Users can run queries as they always have; there’s no need to look for specific values, as the tool will interpret the logic, go to the database and get the result, he said.

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