Are you wondering where to start on your API strategy? Does your API strategy need a health check to see if you’re heading in the right direction? What Business Model should I apply to my API?
The new wave of innovation is revolutionising enterprises as the digital age evolves. Mobile internet users are exceeding desktop users, creating a web of possibilities with API’s being at the heart of all engagements. For many organisations, an application programming interface (API) has become the primary channel for reaching users, tapping into new revenue streams and increased brand awareness.
Even with bullet-proof technology from a leading provider, your results could be disastrous if you start with the wrong deployment model. Factors that need to be considered include developer scale, innovation, incurring costs, complexity of API platform management, etc. On the other hand, forcing internal developers to the cloud to get API metadata when your internal API program is just starting is an exercise leading to inefficiency and inconsistencies.
ANATAS will work with you to understand your API management requirements, your target audience and your overall corporate IT strategy in order to create enterprise mobility, rationalising existing systems as APIs, create API Strategy, API Health check, API Management deployment models or assist in finding new revenue models that can leverage this capability.
What Deployment Model is best for me?
Scaling in the API Economy to align with Corporate Strategy is a key area to consider when designing your API Management Layer. There are many ways to implement this capability such as on-premise only, Virtual Private Cloud, Hybrid or Pure PaaS with each direction having an impact on ROI and TOC.
Within our consultation ANATAS will work with you to drive an appropriate deployment approach suitable to your organisational needs.
Transitioning to a Hybrid cloud-enabled enterprise
You’re ready to take advantage of cloud computing. Where do you begin? How does your business best use it? What applications are best served by the cloud? How does it impact your enterprise architecture? What projects do you begin with, and why?
Free 3 day high-level health check
Different needs require different cloud deployment models so one solution does not fit all. ANATAS recommends that companies adopt a hybrid cloud architecture which facilitates easy integration of distinct cloud infrastructures, platforms and services. The hybrid cloud model enabled organisations the flexibility to deploy workloads and information where it makes most sense – leveraging the right combination of public and private cloud services, whilst aligning to governance, compliance, security and budgetary constraints.
Using a business lens, the cloud offers a sweeping choice of feature-rich services that are easily deployable on a self-service model. However, if purchasing is done within uncontrolled environments and on an ad-hoc basis across the business by different domains this could lead to security and interoperability issues, poor user experience and, over time, poor total cost of ownership. ANATAS can help define how cloud computing best fits into your business and IT strategies.
ANATAS’ Cloud Strategy & Roadmap offering is a varying engagement from a full cloud strategy, typically a 3-4 month engagement or a specific domain strategy such as integration which is generally shorter. We collaborate with your business and IT leaders to define an actionable cloud strategy and a multi-year execution roadmap based on proven hands-on experience.
What does a typical engagement look like?
Understand your business and IT vision, strategy and challenges, including the portfolio of planned initiatives
Capture your current-state architecture, governance, development and operating models with a high-level map of the business services, IT capabilities, applications, interfaces and related technologies in use today
Define the Cloud Center of Excellence to guide definition, adoption and execution of the cloud strategy
Define the strategy for how cloud technologies will be leveraged to realize your strategic business objectives, including how it will plug into and alter your IT governance, development and operating models
Create a reference architecture reflecting the desired future-state
Establish justification for the cloud strategy based on a high-level cost-benefit and ROI analysis
Assist in the execution of architectural state to achieve end state objectives.
Create An Enterprise Hybrid Integration Strategy To Lower Your Costs
As business challenges become more complex and involve more intricate interactions across the value chain, integration functionality has become more than just a part of the solution; in many cases it has become the "essence" of the application itself.
To deal with the growing importance and complexity of integration challenges, enterprises need an enterprise integration strategy (EIS) that provides guidelines on how to use a comprehensive integration solution to support a wide array of business integration needs.
Integration Strategy Offerings
Integration Strategy Kick Starter
Three days of on-site, guided discovery meetings with Client business and IT resources followed by a few days of remote preparation of the deliverable and final presentation of the deliverable. Includes current and future state architecture recommendations, benefits of centralized integration at your organization, enablement of mobile and Cloud initiatives, identification of potential pilot projects, staff skills assessment, timeline, and next steps
Integration Strategy Intermediate
A more in-depth version of the Integration Strategy – Starter offering that covers similar topics but includes more in-depth discovery and planning sessions with Client resources.
Integration Strategy Advance
This variation of the strategy offering is the most comprehensive and will include the creation of a Strategy and Roadmap document as well as an Integration Playbook that combine to provide an initial Reference Architecture for your organization. It is typically best that an integration software selection has already been made so that software capabilities can be aligned with the deliverables.
Integration Strategy And Mobilisation
This offering combines Integration Strategy with an execution of many of the recommended first steps to get your organization going with enterprise integration. This workshop assumes an integration software selection has already been made and Client resources have gone through basic product training. In this service offering, the software will be configured, initial governance documents will be created, and a small pilot project will be designed and built following the design patterns and governance approach put in place.
Integration Strategy Check
Depending on the size of your integration environment, this service offering may take more or less time to complete, and that would be established during the initial discussions so expectations are in line. This offering will review your current architecture, policies and procedures, security and governance, and design patterns to identify areas for improvement or stabilization. If there are known key pain points, those can be focused on during this engagement. A set of recommendations will be delivered to help maximize the value of your integration investment.
Unsure how the Enterprise will look in the new emerging integration space? How do you define your Enterprise with the number of endpoints skyrocketing? What is the best approach for Cloud Based Integration (CBI)?
Hybrid Integration – the new Reference Architecture
We are seeing exponential SaaS growth in the market, from 8B in 2009 to 16B in 2013 (Gartner, 2013) and API development accelerating every week, due to increased internal systems integration and on-premise to off-premise integration. Therefore, Enterprises need a way to provide an agile and flexible Hybrid Integration Architecture which meets growing business requirements in the digital age.
ANATAS can provide enterprises a starting point or can evolve existing architecture to leverage hybrid integration architecture, taking advantage of and supporting cloud-based and on-premises integration architectures. We work closely with your team and develop and deliver a flexible and secure Enterprise Integration Architecture. Gartner Says Cloud Computing Will Become the Bulk of New IT Spend by 2016 (October 24, 2013)
Integration is Key to Successful Hybrid Cloud Strategy
How much Enterprise Integration Architecture is enough? Do you feel your Enterprise Integration Architecture is not mobilised or needs a refresh?
We are strong believers in “just-enough-architecture” especially since Enterprise is more complex and far reaching due to cloud appose to boil-the-ocean however for just-enough-architecture to be effective higher level principals and elastic boundaries need to exist. In an age where time-to-delivery is ever more important and the Internet of Things is every growing ANATAS apply industry best practice frameworks such as Scaled Agile Enterprise or TOGAF to quickly mobilise and meet moving business requirements with flexibility for rapid response and nimble direction.
On-premise Integration – A Traditional Approach
ANATAS has an extensive history of enabling our customers to realise technical and business value through traditional on-premise enterprise integration architecture. Our proven IP in disciplines and domains including; EAI, SOA, BPM, configuration management and change management has helped many Australian enterprises through complex business service delivery projects. Our clients succeed by leveraging our architecture driven approach and engineering methodologies to drive more efficient and effective business service delivery. ANATAS also deliver end-to-end projects for clients, including infrastructure build, creation of integration platforms and environments, and application delivery.
A set of ANATAS methodologies, methods and frameworks for the effective management of IT as-a-enterprise function, enabling IT organisations to effectively embrace and compete with Next Generation technologies as an ongoing approach.
ANATAS takes a modern approach to Enterprise Architecture, driven by experience with the use of typical approaches to Enterprise Architecture. Experience has shown that, particularly in the Australian market, Enterprise Architecture initiatives have a shockingly high failure rate, characterised by low Return-On-Investment. Of course, this is not the direct fault of the frameworks or methods applied themselves, but typically the application of them in anger.
ANATAS’s approach eschews the typical "top-down", analysis driven approach to take a market-driven, "divide-and-conquer" strategy. This approach embraces modern technologies and approaches, providing IT organisations with the tools and understanding to compete with emerging alternatives such as "as-a-Service" models. The methods and frameworks are somewhat independent, but cohere to form an effective way to manage and optimise an Enterprise’s IT function to deliver to business goals.
The Platform-Oriented Methodology for Enterprise Architecture enables the rapid mobilisation and management of Enterprise Platforms, which provides the governing direction for the enterprise. Unlike typical Enterprise Architecture functions, this platform is more concerned with "Air Traffic Control" than detailed definition of domain architecture – rather, that responsibility is deferred to each Managed Platform within the organisation. The Enterprise Architecture Platform focuses on the Enterprise alone, ensuring that decisions within a more specific context (or platform) are balanced against enterprise needs.
The Platform Management Framework provides a structured way to understand, plan, manage and operate a platform . Its focus is on “competition” – understanding how that platform can deliver better to the business and enterprise goals at a lower or similar cost to its direct competitors (other IT organisations, “as-a-Service” offerings, specialised software). This provides security to the IT organisation that it can not only compete effectively but also justify its value to the business clearly and directly.
The Platform Engineering Methodology uses Agile delivery techniques, specifically Scrum, to manage rapid, effective delivery – but it is important to note that the delivery method is "pluggable", allowing customers to utilise PRINCE2, PMBOK, their own or another delivery/management methodology as they see fit.
The Platform-Oriented Methodology for Enterprise Architecture mobilises and operates the Enterprise Architecture Platform. It then mobilises one or more Managed Platforms.
The Platform Management Framework, which provides the tools and techniques for operating a competitive Managed Platform. As part of this, a Platform Architecture is designed, based on a Platform Roadmap that is published to the business, which is then designed and delivered by
The Platform Engineering Methodology, which provides the necessary tools to ensure robust, reliable design and delivery of an engineered platform outcome.
Looking for a vendor agnostic full-service integration specialist company to run a successful RFI, RFQ and/or RFP?
With an abundance of technology in the marketplace and integration a fundamental function of any organisation, the right technology selection can be “make or break”. ANATAS have facilitated many successful RFI, RFQ and RFP’s for a diverse set of companies and industries using our Accelerator Methodology. The methodology is primary used for organisations that are looking for a lean yet rigorous process driven from specialists in the field.
Our drop-in accelerators such as templates, scorecards and process are provided in three options such as Full-RFP, Accelerated RFP and Wavier of Competition (WoC). These accelerators quickly provide a light-weight way to manage vendors, track interactions, translate requirements and functions into ROI and TCO with delivery timelines that boosts successful outcomes.