If you’re an Enterprise, Solutions, Business or Data and Information Architect, consider that NOUNZ is a much faster and affordable way to create and maintain highly interactive Enterprise and Domain Models.
Defining Domain-specific and Enterprise Models
A Topic or Domain-specific Model is an explorable data and information set that helps Architects and their stakeholders learn and answer questions about said Topic or Domain area. An Enterprise Model is a Domain Model where the topic is the Enterprise and it is used to help Architects and their stakeholders learn and answer questions about the Enterprise.
These models are normally created and maintained by Enterprise, Solutions, Business and/or Data and Information Architects and they represent Knowledge Management (KM) solutions that are made available to other Architects and Architecture Stakeholders (i.e. other people that the Architects provide services for).
NOUNZ as the Architecture Repository
The infrastructure for storing and presenting any Architecture Model is the Architecture Repository. The repository is a collection of data and information that allows Architects and their stakeholders to quickly explore and find data and information which relates to the work they’re doing or the topics they’re learning about.
NOUNZ automatically generates the entire repository, directly from and completely populated with your data. In other words, NOUNZ synthesizes the repository from your data. Every time your data changes, NOUNZ simply rebuilds a whole new stand-alone repository. This means every Model has a separate and distinct repository, making history tracking very easy and affordable.
Done correctly, the Architecture Repository is simple, fast, affordable and easy to use. NOUNZ addresses these four priorities better than any Architecture Modeling Tool on the market.
Managing Business and IT Inventories
An Enterprise or Domain Model is useless if you can’t easily load it with your Business Data (e.g. Capabilities, Organizations, People Markets, etc.) and IT Inventories (Applications, Computers, Software, Data Centers, etc.). NOUNZ makes it very easy to quickly load them and correlate them to each other via automatically harvested Semantic Relationships. You can even load use NOUNZ to load and correlate your vertical industry data (e.g. Health Care, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Financial, etc.). This makes it very easy to find and understand data and information about how your Industry, your Business and your IT Organization are all tied together. This facilitates important Architecture functions like impact analysis, change management, and strategy development.
Unlike other Architecture Modeling Tool (AMTs), NOUNZ makes it easy to combine and see all your data in one place. What takes many months and many people, using other AMTs, can take just a few days with NOUNZ.
Semantic Relationships and Semantic Data Graphs
Semantic Relationships are at the heart of any good Architecture Model and, if you’ve ever used any of the big brand Architecture Modeling Tools (AMTs) before, we’re sure you’re painfully aware of how difficult it is to create and manage relationships between data records in those tools. NOUNZ, on the other hand, makes creating and maintaining Semantic Relationships very easy.
Because NOUNZ is a Data Compiler it knows how to look through your data, based on simple rules, to automatically find and harvest Semantic Relationships, even if there are many millions of them. NOUNZ then uses these Semantic Relationships to link your data together, making it easy to get a 360 Degree View any data record for any data type. The end result is one massive Semantic Data Graph (SDG) that you can use for point-in-time Analytics and Knowledge Management.
Data Governance, Lineage, and Mastering with NOUNZ
A powerful feature of NOUNZ is that it makes it very easy to load and maintain data that facilitates Data Governance and Lineage. For example, it becomes very simple to load and share inventories of Applications, Databases, Reports, Repositories and Interfaces with traits about which ones have important data (e.g. PCI, PII, PHI, etc.).
NOUNZ can also be used to create and maintain an Enterprise Data Dictionary that you can easily correlate to your other inventories, in order to understand which assets use key enterprise data and information, how it’s structured and how it’s transported between systems.
Moving the CMDB upstream, into Architecture for greater business value
Since NOUNZ excels at the identification and harvesting of mass quantities of Semantic Relationships, it means you’ll have a premier Configuration Management Database (CMDB), right in your Architecture Organization.
The fact that you can easily combine industry, business and IT data makes your Architecture owned and operated CMDB many times more valuable than your IT-only CMDB, which is usually very expensive and pretty useless to the Business.
NOUNZ is Simple and Fast
NOUNZ is a Data Compiler that easily runs on a simple laptop and that requires no databases or web servers. This means you can be up, running, and see your first set of outputs in minutes. Try that with a traditional database-oriented Architecture Modeling Tool (AMT)!
NOUNZ is Agile and Iterative
Because NOUNZ uses a compiler paradigm, you can simply recompile to quickly handle any changes to your data or data structures. You can compile as often as you need to and quickly see and test changes, something you cannot easily do with traditional database-oriented AMTs.
NOUNZ is a Fraction of the Cost of Other Architecture Modeling Solutions
Because NOUNZ is a compiler, it requires a fraction of the investment in software, hardware and people that traditional database-oriented AMTs require. NOUNZ does in minutes what would take months to achieve in other AMTs.
Outputs are Interactive Portable Documentation
NOUNZ compilation generates interactive HTML and JSON documentation that act as stand-alone instances, which you can easily compress and ship to other machines and people. No databases, application servers, or reporting tools are required to view and traverse the documentation because NOUNZ embeds Business Intelligence and Reporting directly in all HTML output documentation. Sharing with larger communities of people is easy! You simply copy or move the tree to a web server folder.
Outputs are Versionable and act as Stand-Alone Instances
Because NOUNZ is a compiler and generates HTML and JSON documentation as its output, every compiled output acts as its own independent instance. This means you can create as many model instances as you and your enterprise require for any data you want to run through it. It also means that you can easily version each output.
NOUNZ requires a fraction of the investment to own and operate
Because there is no expensive infrastructure and because NOUNZ requires a fraction of the people to work with it, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for owning and operating NOUNZ is also a small fraction of most AMTs. This means you can redirect your important funds to more valuable areas of your business.