Adaptive: Integrating Data Flow within the Enterprise

Jeff Goins, President & CEO
Enterprise Architecture (EA) can be a complex term that invokes several meanings, often depending on the person you are talking to. To some, EA is about strategic objectives and processes critical to the business. To others, it’s about an application or data inventory, focusing on the IT assets that help run the business. No matter what your definition is, everyone can agree that EA must provide value to the organization. That means producing actionable information and analysis to stakeholders that allows them to make business decisions. Add governance and workflow, and you’ve got the makings of a value-driven, sustainable EA solution.

It’s All about Integration
Adaptive has been a provider of EA solutions for more than a decade, focusing on the integration between the four major layers of EA Strategy, Process, IT (including hardware and software) and Data. The difference for Adaptive is actual integration automatically extracting data from the technology ecosystem, stitching it together and providing an enterprise view of how these layers really interoperate. “With Adaptive, our clients are able to collect data from all layers of the business to understand true impact analysis,” says Jeff Goins, President and CEO at Adaptive.

Headquartered in Irvine, CA, Adaptive is the first and only solution to integrate EA and metadata, all in one place. Along with EA, Adaptive is a world-class metadata solution. This means organizations can document their EA and integrate it with the data they use every day. This integration of capabilities bridges the gap between strategy and business operations. Organizations can now trace the impact of change from a strategy down to the actual data that supports that strategy.

The Adaptive Solution
The Adaptive solution integrates these EA layers using the following accelerators:
a) EA Manager–This accelerator focuses on capturing the strategy, people and processes that an organization has/uses.
b) IT Portfolio Manager–This accelera¬tor focuses on the technology ecosystem of the business, to include hardware and software.
c) Metadata Manager–This accelerator focuses on the data and their structures, to include naming conventions, physical deployment (which databases are used) and how the business uses that data (lineage).

The integration of all semantic layers provides a true enterprise view of EA. “Integrating metadata into traditional EA concepts makes the insight and analysis real. Stakeholders can now understand how and why the business uses data and can trace report outputs back to its source,” says Goins.

Why are these Capabilities so Important?
Enterprise Architects have to wrestle with an ever-changing, more complex environment every day. The increased focus on Privacy, Governance, Transpar¬ency, and Risk Analytics have changed the deliverables that EA must provide, as these initiatives focus on how the busi¬ness uses and reports on data.

The birth of Big Data has completely changed the way organizations manage and report on information. Stakeholders are mak¬ing strategic decisions and taking action on information that has little context and linkage to the rest of the organization. An EA initiative that doesn’t tackle the semantic and data layer misses out on a huge opportunity to address these critical corporate risk areas.

Integrating metadata into traditional EA concepts makes the insight and analysis real

The Future for EA and Adaptive
Moving forward, the company will continue to innovate in the area of EA to provide additional value to their clients. Later this year, the company will release a new mobile application that brings real-time analysis to stakeholders through common mobile devices. Adaptive will also continue to focus on providing the real time analytics layer which connects the semantic layer to the data layer enabling organizations to implement enterprise wide governance and analytics.


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Jeff Goins, President & CEO

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