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Technopedia and EA
« on: October 31, 2017, 07:08:56 am »
Hi There,  Has anyone on this forum ever used Technopedia  https://www.bdna.com/products/technopedia/ with EA?   I'm particularly interested if anyone has built an API to Technopedia so that EA can be updated with its metadata on various software and hardware components.  I'm thinking this might be pretty useful for doing IT baseline architectures in complex organisations.   
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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 08:48:35 am »
Hi There,  Has anyone on this forum ever used Technopedia  https://www.bdna.com/products/technopedia/ with EA?   I'm particularly interested if anyone has built an API to Technopedia so that EA can be updated with its metadata on various software and hardware components.  I'm thinking this might be pretty useful for doing IT baseline architectures in complex organisations.

Just having a quick look, even if there was an API I think you'd struggle without access to the "Rosetta Stone" (hopefully ontological) that they've used to create the "common language".  I suspect the relationship of Technopedia to architecture is like the relationship of Remedy to ITIL.  Once you have the platform in place you're no longer following a framework other than the software vendors.

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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 10:46:02 am »
Hi There,  Has anyone on this forum ever used Technopedia  https://www.bdna.com/products/technopedia/ with EA?   I'm particularly interested if anyone has built an API to Technopedia so that EA can be updated with its metadata on various software and hardware components.  I'm thinking this might be pretty useful for doing IT baseline architectures in complex organisations.

Just having a quick look, even if there was an API I think you'd struggle without access to the "Rosetta Stone" (hopefully ontological) that they've used to create the "common language".  I suspect the relationship of Technopedia to architecture is like the relationship of Remedy to ITIL.  Once you have the platform in place you're no longer following a framework other than the software vendors.
Not having seen Technopedia, the problem that Glassboy has identified is common enough.  For ALL its (manifold) faults, EA's saving grace is that it is sufficiently open enough to allow you to, effectively, create your own framework.

FWIW, I've often said that EA should move towards being a formal framework platform with the various standards as specific implementations on top of the platform.  To the end user, that's what it appears to be today, but internally, there is still too much bespoke stuff to be truly so.  My (vain) hope would be to be able to define my framework declaratively and have EA generate the "runtime" for me.

Just a thought (bubble) inspired by Gallsboy's comment.

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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 12:26:28 pm »
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Hu. Pun intended ;-) Or just on the bus?

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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 06:06:18 pm »
Gallsboy
Hu. Pun intended ;-) Or just on the bus?

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Bus (as usual), but since punning (paronomasia) is "the highest form of literature"(1), I'll "take the nod" also!

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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 04:43:20 am »
Hi Guys, Thanks for all the replies, but what I'm interested in is just being able to access their database from EA in order to automatically collect vendor-supplied information about packaged applications, system software, and hardware.   ABACUS already has an integration to Technopedia, https://www.avolutionsoftware.com/about-us/news/technopedia-data-boosts-enterprise-architecture-and-analytics-via-new-abacus-integrations/, for this purpose, so I'm trying to find out whether something similar has been done with EA.
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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 08:15:34 pm »
what I'm interested in is just being able to access their database from EA in order to automatically collect vendor-supplied information about packaged applications, system software, and hardware.
For some reason this reminds me of one of those medieval maps, with the annotation ....

---> Here be beasties!

 
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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2017, 12:25:05 am »
We've built a platform to import that type of information and Technopedia is on our roadmap for targets  - we have been using this platform for nearly 3 years to access content, via direct SQL queries/ODBC or CSV and even XMI.
Here is the link:
http://www.aprocessgroup.com/products/apg-modelflow/

Let me know if you are interested in getting a trial version!
Thanks - Sam

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Re: Technopedia and EA
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2017, 03:01:20 am »
Thanks, swc.  I'll be interested to see this when you have an API to Technopedia.   Please do let me know.   
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