BUSINESS-IT ALIGNMENT: ONE COMMON VISUAL LANGUAGE

Avoid long running projects and high costs

Business IT alignment is crucial for successful collaboration in application development. However, there is still a wide gap between business and IT because traditional approaches are still used. Even the well-known market research institute Gartner forgot to integrate business analysis when defining the iBPMS product features (see chart). Here, too, the wall between business and IT is obvious.

Traditionally, the business side creates concepts and requirements using various tools or simply Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It is typically the case that there are innumerable meetings, discussions and a permanent reworking of documents with numerous reviews. Finally, in most cases the large-scale requirements are given to the IT department where they are translated into the appropriate programming languages. As time passes, the application ordered by the business side gradually evolves.

Despite the complex conception and analysis phase, misunderstandings, technical gaps and incorrect implementations are often the cause of expensive change requests. In addition, tracing back from the implementation to the original business requirement is usually very difficult due to the unmanageable media breaks caused by a wide variety of tools. Such media breaks are also typical in agile software development due to the use of different analysis and implementation tools.

Break the language barrier between business and IT

Business Object Model
Visualize your business objects
Entity Relationship Model
Create or view an external database
Business Process Model
Use the BPMN Standard for business process modeling
Decision Requirements Model
Use the DMN Standard to define business rules
Documentation Model
For any kind of visual modeling
Client Service Model
Design any kind of dialog flow
Organization Model
Define your organization and roles
Process Map
Visualize your value chain
State Transition Model
Detail state transitions of business objects
System Architecture Model
Visualize your application environment
Service Integration Model
Specify REST API based services integration
User Interface Model
Design dialogs for a brilliant user experience

The Appollo Digital Innovation Platform eliminates those media breaks and penetrates the wall between business and IT. Our answer is One Common Visual Language for analysis and implementation.

Through collaboration between business and IT using a common visual language, digital transformation becomes successful. For every aspect of the application there is a graphical model. It starts with the visualization of the organizational structure, the value chain and the business processes. Of course, models for different data technologies such as databases, business objects or service models as well as for user interface development are included as well. In addition, the specification of the interfaces and the modeling of the system architecture are part of the Appollo One Common Visual Language. In addition, there are models for business rules and for the specification of data states and transitions. Finally, you can even use it similarly to “Power Point” and “White Board”. In combination with our Real Time Colloaboration Technology, all this can even be done simultaneously with other users and on the same model.

Appollo Digital Innovation Cycle – Just build your own prototype and give it to IT

The crucial aspect is that the typical delay until implementation, i.e. the translation effort from the textual description into executable processes or dialogs, is completely eliminated. This is accomplished using the Appollo One Common Visual Language directly, dynamically and in real-time.

For this reason, you can end the era of “hard to digest prose text” and instead hand over executable prototypes to the IT department. Followed by a highly agile development with Continuous Delivery & Deployment, which you can track collaboratively and in real-time.

Just try out how the Appollo Digital Innovation Platform can significantly shorten the duration of your projects and reduce development costs.

Appollo Digital Innovation Cycle – Modeling in 4 Phases

Also the particularly important aspects of conception, analysis, implementation and testing are taken into account.

Covered through our Appollo Digital Innovation Cycle, allowing the modeling of a project in four phases (levels). These levels are seamlessly linked to each other by a direct reference of models. In this way a continuous navigation between the models of different levels is also possible.

Media breaks are history because everything from analysis to the final product is located within one single tool context.

COLLABORATION: SHARED KNOWLEDGE LEADS TO SUCCESS

Involve all stakeholders, partners and customers into the design process

Projects that involve your customers and business partners at an early stage of the application design process probably provide the greatest benefit. As a rule, companies operate within a tight network of suppliers, service providers, service organizations and customers. If all of these partners collaborate, contribute their expertise and work together to improve the business application, the optimization potential is many times higher than with the efforts of a single player.

Especially in times of smart services, companies are becoming more and more part of larger eco-systems of partners from different industries that create new added value for their customers in collaborative business models. Examples include Smart Home, Smart City and Smart Health eco-systems. Today more than ever, optimized end-to-end processes require the intensive collaboration of all partners. Therefore, the Appollo Digital Innovation Platform offers a valuable Smart Collaboration feature for an optimal internal and external collaboration.

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”

Henry Ford

Improving and digitalizing processes is teamwork

The functional and technical knowledge is distributed across many employees of a company and across company boundaries. That’s why collaboration is the focus of the Appollo Digital Innovation Platform.

And this is quite simple.

Each model, as well as each individual model element, offers the possibility to start topic-specific discussions and to invite participants. All participants of a process, dialogue or service are involved and can thus deliver their ideas and contributions to the discussion. These contributions are always available, there is no need to search in files, protocols or mails.

Collaboration ensures a better understanding of the application from the beginning and avoids misunderstandings. The face-to-face discussion between experts from the business area, IT and end-users leads to an efficient and effective implementation of the application.

COLLABORATION IN REALTIME: ON THE MODEL ITSELF

Worldwide, simultaneous modifications on the same model

What would collaboration be without working with colleagues and clients on the same model to make simultaneous modifications at the same time?

We’re talking about Realtime Collaboration in this context. It means modifying models in real time, even if you do it virtually and in different places around the world on the same model. Every change to a model, no matter whether an element is added, moved, deleted or colored, is done simultaneously on all open models. Worldwide, without blocking, without delays.

Saving was yesterday.

Perfect? Not yet completely!

It gets even better, with simultaneous modifications across multiple models

Realtime Collaboration means not only simultaneous modifications to one and the same model, but also to multiple models.

We call this Multi Model Realtime Collaboration.

Because one model does not exist on its own, but has dependencies on many other models, e.g. processes, dialogs, data, interfaces. Imagine, for example, you are working in a dialog model for personal data and a colleague modifies the dialog label in the data model from “Name” to “First Name” and you see this modification simultaneously and directly in the dialog you are currently modifying. It works in realtime, across any number of associated models.

Convince yourself. Don’t wait any longer until one component after the other is finished. Avoid the time spent on a time-consuming merge of the source code. Work efficiently, collaboratively and simultaneously – using Multi Model Realtime Collaboration!

ISSUE MANAGEMENT: DIRECTLY IN THE MODEL EVEN IN REAL TIME

Without a separate tool and visualized directly at the element.

Efficient issue management significantly contributes to agile development and high quality. Therefore Appollo offers an integrated Issue Management. Issues of any kind (e.g. tasks, bugs, requirements, test, etc.) can be assigned directly to a model or model element and assigned to users.

Your advantage: Issue handling takes place through direct navigation to the corresponding model or element. Project management is supported by an efficient issue management and a realtime status of issues.

The tedious administration of confusing ToDo lists used to be.

Perfect? Not quite yet!

Realtime Issue Localization

There’s really room for improvement. After all, findings can even be recorded directly during operation and in realtime by end-users, application management or administrators at the touch of a button.

Of course, this is accomplished with all necessary data directly at the point of occurrence, such as screen shot or log file extraction. And of course, the findings are automatically assigned to exactly the appropriate model or specific element.

Ideas and suggestions can also be automatically entered into the corresponding model or specific element by the user in realtime. This is Realtime Issue Localization. The highlight: the Appollo Issue Management can of course be synchronized with tools such as JIRA, YouTrack, etc.

The fact that such issues are recorded during normal operations in a very simple way and with all the necessary information for an efficient processing offers crucial advantages. It does not only save time, but also avoids the often multi-level, error-prone reporting of findings via telephone, e-mail and support. Realtime Issue Localization offers a significant contribution to quality improvement and customer satisfaction through consistent, automatic issue recording.

APPOLLO DIGITAL INNOVATION PLATFORM