Newsletter EA Exclusive - April 2012 - Your Monthly MEGA Review on Enterprise Architecture


As spring begins, it is encouraging to see many customers launching new enterprise architecture projects. This is the perfect time to think about how EA can support new initiatives and foster company growth. 

In this issue, we’ll share with you the experiences of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), which transports 347 million passengers and 50 million tons of freight each year. The rail company knew its business success relied on making its IT systems more efficient and cost-effective. To reach its goals, the company focused on improving IT strategy through a company-wide EA program, using the MEGA Suite to document and analyze the actual SBB IT landscape.

Another article, by one of our EA experts, discusses how frameworks are very effective tools to help organize EA efforts. Frameworks provide structure to start and facilitate the deployment of EA programs. Have you selected an approach yet? We’d like to hear what you do in your own EA program.

All the best,
The MEGA Team




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Click here to read the Success StoryEnterprise Architecture and New IT Strategy Support Business Growth of Swiss Railways

Every year, as passenger and freight traffic grew, SBB’s biggest challenges were creating more capacity, maintaining the existing rail network sustainably, and decreasing expenses. The rail company knew its business success relied on making its IT systems more efficient and cost-effective. An improved IT system would help all operations, including on-time performance, railway maintenance, and communications.

Find out how SBB reversed the trend of higher IT budgets, eliminated redundant applications, improved rail service by providing necessary information to operating groups, and established a foundation for planned, controlled growth in IT and operations.

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Food for Thought

Benefits and Usability of Architecture Frameworks

An integrated approach to enterprise architecture

Click here to read the articleA field report by Andreas Pankratz
In a world becoming more globalized and more connected every day, enterprise architects face various challenges. These include complex IT systems, service management requests, interrelated processes, and radical transformation projects. Only a profound understanding of the organization and its IT systems and processes allows you to adequately meet complex operational needs. Architecture frameworks let you keep track of all these requirements while you follow the organization’s long-term vision. In addition, they form the basis for successful control structures, efficient use of resources, streamlined business processes, and effective risk management.
Andreas Pankratz, Solutions Manager at FREQUENTIS Nachrichtentechnik GmbH, offers an expert’s view of the benefits and limitations of architecture frameworks.

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Where we Will be

May is a great time to attend informative conferences in Europe and the US! We hope to see you at one of these conferences.


ForresterForrester EA Forum USA May 3-4

MEGA will demonstrate the newest EA solutions at
Forrester’s EA Forum, May 3-4 in Las Vegas.

At the annual event, attendees can learn how to accelerate business agility through EA. We will have EA experts at the MEGA booth, #402, to discuss the real business value of EA and how it can streamline operations to improve business performance. Follow what’s happening by using the hashtag #FEA12.
If you would like to join us at this event, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!


Gartner SummitsGartner EA Summit Europe May 14-15

MEGA will sponsor the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit in London on May 14 – 15. This year’s conference focuses on EA leading business transformation. Visit our booth to meet our representatives. For more information on how you can join us, please contact us or visit the event on the Gartner Web site.


Gartner EA Summit USA May 23-24

MEGA returns as an alumni sponsor to the Gartner EA Summit in National Harbor, MD.
This year, it’s all about operational governance and business performance for the attendees and speakers. MEGA representatives will be at Booth B in the Solutions Showcase to discuss industry trends and product enhancements, and demonstrate the benefits that an EA toolset could bring to your organization’s unique business process and EA initiatives.
If you have any questions or would like to join us at this event, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!



We’ll be glad to share more news about enterprise architecture in the next edition of our EA Exclusive!


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