Insights Dashboards#

An Insights dashboard displays essential information about a specific object in your organisation, and has a quick access area for key features.

Insights Dashboard vs. Notebook

An Insights dashboard summarizes the most important information about an object, such as aggregated data, information about referenced objects with charts etc. This information is presented in an easily understandable and visually appealing way. The Notebook, on the other hand, is a dedicated tool for editing and reading master data and contains no graphics. The Notebook is for data management, while an Insights dashboard is for reading and analysis.

Types of Insights Dashboards

The availability of Insights dashboards depends on the application library. In the ArchiMate Application Library, the following Insights dashboards are available:

In the ADOIT Standard Application Library, the following Insights dashboards are available:

Open Insights Dashboard#

To open an Insights dashboard:

  • Right-click the object, point to Open, and then click Insights .

You can open an Insights dashboard this way using e.g. the Explorer or the graphical editor as a starting point. Additionally, it is possible to open an Insights dashboard directly from the Notebook by clicking the Insights button .

Show/Hide Empty Sections#

By default, all areas of an Insights dashboard for which no data is available are hidden. To show or hide empty sections:

  • Click the Show empty sections button at the top of the Insights dashboard.

Available Functions#

Across all widgets (= small program windows) of the various Insights dashboards the following functions are available:

  • Show a tooltip with information about the widget (icon )

  • Export the content of a widget as a PDF file or Excel file (XLSX format) (icon )

  • Refresh a widget to get the latest data (icon )

  • Filter data in columns to show the elements you want and hide the rest:

    • Show or hide filters (icon )

    • Clear all filters (icon )

  • Show or hide columns (icon )

Users of the ArchiMate Application Library click the More button to access these functions. Users of the ADOIT Standard Application Library find the same or similar functions in the menu bar or click the column headers.

Insights Dashboard for Application Components [ArchiMate Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for Application Components

Header#

The header is the area along the top of the dashboard. The name of the Application Component you are interested in is shown here.

Beneath the name, ADOIT shows you tags for all Grouping elements that aggregate this Application Component. The tag colour can be set via the Tag colour attribute of the Groupings.

Application Insights#

Surrounding Application Components (Tree Diagram)

This widget shows surrounding Application Components that use or provide Application Interfaces to the Application Component currently being viewed.

The following paths are evaluated:

  • Application Component > Composed of > Application Interface > Serves > Application Component

  • Application Component < Served by < Application Interface < Part of < Application Component

Each node represents an Application Component. The centre node is the Application Component you are interested in. The Application Interfaces connecting the Application Components are shown as branches, with the provided interfaces (Composition) to the left and the used interfaces (Serving) to the right.

The following options are available:

  • Click a node title to open the Notebook of the object.

Surrounding Application Components (Table)

This table lists the provided and used Application Interfaces of the Application Component and the surrounding Application Components that use or provide these Application Interfaces.

Application Component Score

This gauge chart shows the current value of the following attributes of the Application Component (one gauge for each attribute):

  • Strategic importance

  • Business fit

  • IT fit

  • Cost fit

  • Business continuity fit

  • Security fit

Redundancy Analysis

This table helps you detect redundant Application Components. It lists all other Application Components that realise the same Application Services or Capabilities. In addition, you can see whether there is need for action with regard to the listed Application Components.

Lifecycle Insights#

Lifecycle Information

This timeline shows the lifecycle of the Application Component. You can see at a glance:

  • When the implementation of the Application Component starts

  • When the Application Component becomes productive

  • When the Application Component is decommissioned

Below the timeline, the current value of the attributes Lifecycle State and Investment strategy is displayed.

Data Insights#

Information Flow (Network Diagram)

This network diagram shows the information flow between Application Components. The following paths are evaluated:

  • Application Component > Composed of > Application Interface > Accesses > Business Object or Data Object

  • Application Component < Served by < Application Interface > Accesses > Business Object or Data Object

Business Objects, Data Objects and Application Components are represented as nodes. The arrow direction indicates whether the Application Component is referenced from a used (incoming arrow) or provided (outgoing arrow) Application Interface.

Example

The "Revenue Accounting System (RAC)" application uses an interface of the "Bank Equity System (BEQ)" application through which the data "Share" flows. That means: The "Share" data flows from the "Bank Equity System (BEQ)" application to the "Revenue Accounting System (RAC)" application.

The following options are available:

  • Drag a node to where you want it.

  • Click a node to only show directly connected objects.

  • Double-click a node to open the Notebook of the object.

Information Flow (Table)

For all Business Objects or Data Objects which are connected to the Application Component through Application Interfaces, this table shows the current value of the following attributes:

  •   Responsible business actors

  • Confidentiality

  • Integrity

  • Availability

Technology Insights#

Technology Roadmap Status

The pie chart in this widget shows you at a glance the current Roadmap status of the System Software elements used by this Application Component.

By clicking a segment of the pie, you can highlight the corresponding System Software elements in the Serving System Software Elements list.

Serving System Software Elements

The table comprises all System Software elements which are used by the Application Component, and lists their attribute Roadmap status.

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Insights Dashboard for Capabilities [ArchiMate Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for Capabilities

Header#

The header is the area along the top of the dashboard. The name of the Capability you are interested in is shown here.

Beneath the name, ADOIT shows you tags for all Grouping elements that aggregate this Capability. The tag colour can be set via the Tag colour attribute of the Groupings.

Business Insights#

Capability Score

This gauge chart shows the current value of the following attributes of the Capability (one gauge for each attribute):

  • Strategic importance

  • IT support

  • Business fit

  • Process fit

  • Information fit

  • Technological fit

  • Cost fit

  • Organisational fit

Process Assessment (Radar Chart)

For all Business Processes which realise the Capability, this radar chart shows the current value of the following attributes:

  • Strategic importance

  • Cost efficiency

  • Cycle time

  • Quality

  • Customer satisfaction

  • IT support

  • Compliance

Process Assessment (Table)

For all Business Processes which realise the Capability, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Strategic importance

  • Cost efficiency

  • Cycle time

  • Quality

  • Customer satisfaction

  • IT support

  • Compliance

Application Insights#

Application Lifecycle State (Pie Chart)

The pie chart in this widget shows you at a glance the current Lifecycle state of the Application Components which realise the Capability.

By clicking a segment of the pie, you can highlight the corresponding Application Components in the Application Lifecycle State table.

Application Lifecycle State (Table)

The table comprises all Application Components which realise the Capability, and lists their attribute Lifecycle state.

Application Fitness

For all Application Components which realise the Capability, this radar chart shows the current value of the following attributes:

  • Business fit

  • IT fit

  • Cost fit

  • Business continuity fit

  • Security fit

Transformation Insights#

Work Packages

This table lists all projects which realise the Capability. The following path is evaluated:

  • Capability < Realized by < Work Package (attribute Specialisation = Project)

All in all, the following attributes are listed for each Work Package:

  • Specialisation

  • Risk

  • Priority

  • Budget

Data Insights#

Required Business Objects

For all Business Objects which realise the Capability, this table shows the current value of the following attributes:

  •   Responsible business actors

  • Confidentiality

  • Integrity

  • Availability

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Insights Dashboard for Business Objects [ArchiMate Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for Business Objects

Header#

The header is the area along the top of the dashboard. The name of the Business Object you are interested in is shown here.

Beneath the name, ADOIT shows you tags for all Grouping elements that aggregate this Business Object. The tag colour can be set via the Tag colour attribute of the Groupings.

Application Insights#

Score of Application Components (Radar Chart)

For all Application Components which access the Business Object, this radar chart shows the current value of the following attributes:

  • Business fit

  • IT fit

  • Cost fit

  • Business continuity fit

  • Security fit

Score of Application Components (Table)

For all Application Components which access the Business Object, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Responsible business actors

  • Business fit

  • IT fit

  • Cost fit

  • Business continuity fit

  • Security fit

Data Manipulation and Mastership

For all Application Components which access the Business Object, this table shows whether they read, write or read & write the Business Object. The attribute Access type of the relation Access is evaluated for this purpose.

In addition, you can see whether an Application Component is considered as Master of the Business Object. If the Application Component can write data without being the Master of the Business Object, an exclamation mark is displayed in the Violation column.

Data Flows via Application Interfaces (Network Diagram)

This network diagram shows the information flow between Application Components. The following paths are evaluated:

  • Business Object < Accessed by < Application Interface < Part of < Application Component

  • Business Object < Accessed by < Application Interface > Serves > Application Component

Business Objects and Application Components are represented as nodes. The Application Interfaces connecting the nodes are shown as branches. The arrow direction indicates whether the Application Component is referenced from a used (incoming arrow) or provided (outgoing arrow) Application Interface.

Example

The "Revenue Accounting System (RAC)" application uses an interface of the "Bank Equity System (BEQ)" application through which the data "Share" flows. That means: The "Share" data flows from the "Bank Equity System (BEQ)" application to the "Revenue Accounting System (RAC)" application.

The following options are available:

  • Drag a node to where you want it.

  • Click a node to only show directly connected objects.

  • Double-click a node to open the Notebook of the object.

Business Insights#

Security Requirements

This gauge chart shows the current value of the following attributes of the Business Object (one gauge for each attribute):

  • Confidentiality

  • Integrity

  • Availability

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Insights Dashboard for System Software Elements [ArchiMate Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for System Software Elements

Header#

The header is the area along the top of the dashboard. The name of the System Software you are interested in is shown here.

Beneath the name, ADOIT shows you tags for all Grouping elements that aggregate this System Software. The tag colour can be set via the Tag colour attribute of the Groupings.

Lifecycle Insights#

Lifecycle Information

This timeline shows the lifecycle of the System Software. You can see at a glance:

  • When the implementation of the System Software starts

  • When the System Software becomes productive

  • When the System Software is decommissioned

Below the timeline, the current value of the attributes Roadmap status and Investment strategy is displayed.

Technology Insights#

Alternative Technologies

This table helps you detect alternative System Software elements. It lists all other System Software elements in the same Category. The following path is evaluated:

  • System Software (= starting point)> Specialized from >System Software (attribute Specialisation = Category) <Specialized by < System Software (= listed alternative technologies)
Example

"Oracle", "SQL Server" and "DB2" can be classified as tools in the "Databases" category.

 Alternative Technologies - Example

If you look at the Insights dashboard of the "Oracle" System Software, "SQL Server" and "DB2" appear as alternative technologies.

All in all, the following attributes are listed for each System Software:

  • Category

  • Action required

  • Investment strategy

  • Valid from

  • Valid until

  • Responsible business actors

In the last column, you can see the Assigned applications for each alternative System Software element. The following path is evaluated:

  • System Software (= listed alternative technologies)> Serves> Application Component (= assigned applications)

Replaced by

For all System Software elements which replace the current System Software, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Investment strategy

  • Valid from

  • Valid until

  • Responsible business actors

Usage Insights#

Technology Usage

This widget lists all other System Software elements that are used by the System Software currently being viewed. The following path is evaluated:

  • System Software > Realizes or Serves > System Software

All in all, the following attributes are listed for each System Software:

  • Lifecycle state

  • Investment strategy

  • Responsible business actors

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Insights Dashboard for Applications [Standard Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for Applications

Application Insights#

Surrounding Applications (Tree Diagram)

This widget shows surrounding Applications that use or provide Interfaces to the Application currently being viewed.

Each node represents an Application. The centre node is the Application you are interested in. The Interfaces connecting the Applications are shown as branches, with the Provided Interfaces to the left and the Used Interfaces to the right.

The following options are available:

  • Click a node title to open the Notebook of the object.

Surrounding Applications (Table)

This table lists the provided and used Interfaces of the Application and the Applications that are connected to these Interfaces.

Application Score

This gauge chart shows the current value of the following attributes of the Application (one gauge for each attribute):

  • Strategic Importance

  • Business Fit

  • IT Fit

  • Cost Fit

  • Business Continuity Fit

  • Security Fit

Redundancy Analysis

This table helps you detect redundant Applications. It lists all other Applications that provide the same Business Functions. In addition, you can see whether there is need for action with regard to the listed Applications.

Lifecycle Insights#

Lifecycle Information

This timeline shows the lifecycle of the Application. You can see at a glance:

  • When the implementation of the Application starts

  • When the Application becomes productive

  • When the Application is decommissioned

Below the timeline, the current value of the attributes Lifecycle State and Investment Strategy is displayed.

Data Insights#

Information Flow (Network Diagram)

This network diagram shows the information flow between Applications. The following paths are evaluated:

  • Application > Provided Interfaces > Interface > Transferred Business Objects > Business Object

  • Application > Used Interfaces > Interface > Transferred Business Objects > Business Object

Business Objects and Applications are represented as nodes. The arrow direction indicates whether the Application is referenced from a used (incoming arrow) or provided (outgoing arrow) Interface.

Example

The "STANDARD Banking" application uses an interface of the "Business Partner" application through which the data "Partner address" and "Partner" flows. That means: The "Partner Address" and "Partner" data flows from the "Business Partner" application to the "STANDARD Banking" application.

The following options are available:

  • Drag a node to where you want it.

  • Click a node to only show directly connected objects.

  • Double-click a node to open the Notebook of the object.

Information Flow (Table)

For all Business Objects which are connected to the Application through Interfaces, this table shows the current value of the following attributes:

  •   Responsible Person

  • Confidentiality

  • Integrity

  • Availability

Technology Insights#

Technology Roadmap Status of Used Technologies

The pie chart in this widget shows you at a glance the current Technology Roadmap Status of the Technologies used by this Application.

By clicking a segment of the pie, you can highlight the corresponding Technologies in the Used Technologies list.

Used Technologies

The table comprises all Technologies which are used by the Application, and lists their attribute Technology Roadmap Status.

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Insights Dashboard for Business Capabilities [Standard Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for Business Capabilities

Business Insights#

Business Capability Score

This gauge chart shows the current value of the following attributes of the Business Capability (one gauge for each attribute):

  • Strategic Importance

  • IT Support

  • Business Fit

  • Process Fit

  • Information Fit

  • Technological Fit

  • Cost Fit

  • Organisational Fit

Process Assessment (Radar Chart)

For all Business Processes which support the Business Capability, this radar chart shows the current value of the following attributes:

  • Strategic Importance

  • Cost Efficiency

  • Cycle Time

  • Quality

  • Customer Satisfaction

  • IT Support

  • Compliance

Process Assessment (Table)

For all Business Processes which support the Business Capability, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Strategic Importance

  • Cost Efficiency

  • Cycle Time

  • Quality

  • Customer Satisfaction

  • IT Support

  • Compliance

Application Insights#

Application Lifecycle State (Pie Chart)

The pie chart in this widget shows you at a glance the current Lifecycle State of the Applications which support the Business Capability.

By clicking a segment of the pie, you can highlight the corresponding Applications in the Application Lifecycle State table.

Application Lifecycle State (Table)

The table comprises all Applications which support the Business Capability, and lists their attribute Lifecycle State.

Application Fitness

For all Applications which support the Business Capability, this radar chart shows the current value of the following attributes:

  • Business Fit

  • IT Fit

  • Cost Fit

  • Business Continuity Fit

  • Security Fit

Transformation Insights#

Project Size

This bar chart displays the budgets of all Projects which introduce, change or retire the Business Capability.

Projects

For all Projects which introduce, change or retire the Business Capability, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Risk

  • Priority

  • Budget

Cost of Strategic Demands

This bar chart displays the costs of all Demands which affect the Business Capability.

Strategic Demands

For all Demands which affect the Business Capability, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Risk

  • Estimated Cost

  • Priority

  • Demand Status

  • Processed Demands (= Related Projects)

Data Insights#

Required Business Objects

For all Business Objects which support the Business Capability, this table shows the current value of the following attributes:

  •   Responsible Person

  • Confidentiality

  • Integrity

  • Availability

Organisational Insights#

Required Organisational Units

The table comprises all Organisational Units which support the Business Capability, and lists their attribute   Responsible Person.

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Insights Dashboard for Business Objects [Standard Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for Business Objects

Application Insights#

Application Score (Radar Chart)

For all Applications which are assigned to the Business Object, this radar chart shows the current value of the following attributes:

  • Business Fit

  • IT Fit

  • Cost Fit

  • Business Continuity Fit

  • Security Fit

Application Score (Table)

For all Applications which are assigned to the Business Object, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Responsible Person

  • Business Fit

  • IT Fit

  • Cost Fit

  • Business Continuity Fit

  • Security Fit

Data Manipulation and Mastership

For all Applications which are assigned to the Business Object, this table shows whether they create, read, update or delete (CRUD) the Business Object. The attributes of the relation Referenced Business Objects are evaluated for this purpose.

In addition, you can see whether an Application is considered as Master of the Business Object. If the Application can create, update or delete data without being the Master of the Business Object, an exclamation mark is displayed in the Violation column.

Data Flows (Network Diagram)

This network diagram shows the information flow between Applications. The following paths are evaluated:

  • Business Object > Transferred Business Object > Interface > Provided Interfaces > Application

  • Business Object > Transferred Business Object > Interface > Used Interfaces > Application

Business Objects and Applications are represented as nodes. The arrow direction indicates whether the Application is referenced from a used (incoming arrow) or provided (outgoing arrow) Interface.

Example

The "STANDARD Banking" application uses an interface of the "Business Partner" application through which the data "Partner address" and "Partner" flows. That means: The "Partner Address" and "Partner" data flows from the "Business Partner" application to the "STANDARD Banking" application.

The following options are available:

  • Drag a node to where you want it.

  • Click a node to only show directly connected objects.

  • Double-click a node to open the Notebook of the object.

Business Insights#

Security Requirements

This gauge chart shows the current value of the following attributes of the Business Object (one gauge for each attribute):

  • Confidentiality

  • Integrity

  • Availability

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Insights Dashboard for Technologies [Standard Library]#

This dashboard consists of the following areas:

 Insights Dashboard for Technologies

Lifecycle Insights#

Lifecycle Information

This timeline shows the lifecycle of the Technology. You can see at a glance:

  • When the validity period of a Technology starts

  • When the Technology reaches the end of its validity period

Below the timeline, the current value of the attributes Technology Roadmap Status and Investment Strategy is displayed.

Technology Insights#

Alternative Technologies

This table helps you detect alternative Technologies. It lists all other Technologies of the same Type. The following path is evaluated:

  • Technology (= starting point)> Type > Technology <Type   < Technology (= listed alternative technologies)

All in all, the following attributes are listed for each Technology:

  • Action Required

  • Investment Strategy

  • Valid From

  • Valid Until

  • Responsible Person

  • Assigned Applications

  • Type

Replaced by

For all Technologies which replace the current Technology, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Investment Strategy

  • Valid From

  • Valid Until

  • Responsible Person

Usage Insights#

Technology Usage

For all Applications, Interfaces and Infrastructure Elements which use the Technology, this table lists the following attributes:

  • Lifecycle State

  • Investment Strategy

  • Responsible Person

Quick Access#

The quick access area allows you to further explore details you are interested in.

Quick Access (All Insights Dashboards)#

You can perform the following actions on an Insights dashboard:

  • BIA [all except Capabilities & System Software elements]

    Analyse and visualise dependencies between objects across multiple layers.

  • Interface Report [Application Components & Applications only]

    Visualise the interfaces of an application.

  • References

    Show references of objects.

  • Usage in Models

    Show models in which the object is used.

  • Gantt [all except Business Objects, Capabilities & Business Capabilities]

    Visualise object information using various Gantt charts.

  • CRUD [ Business Objects only]

    Show which applications create, read, update, or delete a business object.

  • Analyse Dependencies

    Navigate through connected objects by following the relations.

  • Validation

    Verify that an object complies with various guidelines and best practices.

  • Open Insights Dashboard
  • Show/Hide Empty Sections
  • Available Functions
  • Insights Dashboard for Application Components [ArchiMate Library]
    • Header
    • Application Insights
    • Lifecycle Insights
    • Data Insights
    • Technology Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Insights Dashboard for Capabilities [ArchiMate Library]
    • Header
    • Business Insights
    • Application Insights
    • Transformation Insights
    • Data Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Insights Dashboard for Business Objects [ArchiMate Library]
    • Header
    • Application Insights
    • Business Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Insights Dashboard for System Software Elements [ArchiMate Library]
    • Header
    • Lifecycle Insights
    • Technology Insights
    • Usage Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Insights Dashboard for Applications [Standard Library]
    • Application Insights
    • Lifecycle Insights
    • Data Insights
    • Technology Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Insights Dashboard for Business Capabilities [Standard Library]
    • Business Insights
    • Application Insights
    • Transformation Insights
    • Data Insights
    • Organisational Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Insights Dashboard for Business Objects [Standard Library]
    • Application Insights
    • Business Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Insights Dashboard for Technologies [Standard Library]
    • Lifecycle Insights
    • Technology Insights
    • Usage Insights
    • Quick Access
  • Quick Access (All Insights Dashboards)