Enterprise Architecture Principles are high level statements of the fundamental values that guide Business Information Management, Information Technology (IT) decision-making and activities, and are the foundation for both business and IT architectures, standards, and policy development.
Cradle's default schemas allow you to create Enterprise Architecture projects easily which utilise the power and flexibility of Cradle to enable strong end-to-end traceablity and control at all points in your project.
Enterprise architecture (EA) is "a well-defined practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a comprehensive approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of strategy. Enterprise architecture applies architecture principles and practices to guide organisations through the business, information, process, and technology changes necessary to execute their strategies. These practices utilise the various aspects of an enterprise to identify, motivate, and achieve these changes.
The benefits of EA are achieved through its direct and indirect contributions to organisational goals. It has been found that the most notable benefits of EA can be observed in the following areas
Organisational Design | Organisational Processes and process standards | Project Portfolio Management | Project Management | Requirements Engineering | System Development | IT management and decision making | IT value | IT complexity | IT openness | IT risk management
Cradle provides the infrastructure to analyse, design and implement solutions which integrate all four elements of EA within your business strategy, aligning the needs of the Business, Information, Application and Technology architectures all in one database in one product.
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How your business works, including your overall strategy to achieve objectives, vision and future states which elaborates upon the structure, its functional business units and processes and how these relate to each other.
What your organisation needs to know to run your business processes and operations, including valid data models, data management policies/standards, databases which serve all stakeholders and models of information creation and consumption within the organisation.
The business' application portfolio and links that information and business architectures to selected applications which best serve its users with their skills and job functions, always supporting the required activities and processes of the business. This architecture provides for information storage and retrieval.
The hardware and software which supports the business, providing the technology platforms which link the application, business and data architectures to provide user-friendly solutions to all stakeholders across the organisation at all levels.
Cradle not only has unrivalled requirements gathering and management capabilities, but it also is a full lifecycle systems engineering tool, which enables you to do everything from requirements management, through systems analysis, architecture design, modelling, testing and implementation. Requirements management is FULLY integrated into every level of the tool. All in one tool in one database.
A small selection from our hundreds of satisfied and impressed customers.
"I have been a Cradle user and administrator for 7 years of my over 25 year career as a Software Analyst and Programmer. Cradle is by far a superior systems engineering software tool. Over the years as a Cradle administrator I have utilised many of Cradle's features. I have managed large amounts of engineering data for both NASA and contractors. I can say that Cradle is a very powerful and feature rich engineering tool. The user interface, administrative and development tools, document capture/publishing and modeling capability in addition to the Web interface all make Cradle superior in engineering tools."
"As a database administrator on a large scale NASA project, I have found 3SL to be extremely responsive to their customer needs and always willing to go the extra mile to help ensure their success. Their support has been second to none."
"Cradle is great to work with. Having multiple people editing a set of requirement at the same time was one of the reason we procured Cradle. Cradle can show all links to/from an object(item) and relationships between many object modules. Hence, Cradle can show a full end to end traceability.
Cradle supports the full system lifecycle. Cradle has integrated modelling (for full MBSE), supporting any number of fully integrated and cross referenced process, analysis, architecture and design models, all linked to all other project data. Cradle supports a variety of modelling notations, including SASD, IDEF, UML, FFBD, PFD, ADARTS and others. "
"Ease of configuration management for large groups of design data. Ease of training new users. The degree that an administrator can enact global database schema changes with no error. The ease with which the schema for item types can be defined. The ability to feed simulation using design data and schedules as well as DRM (design reference mission) Idef architecture. The tool suite presents a single integrated environment to link design architecture, requirements, and specifications in a conguration controlled database. "
"In-Depth Engineering uses Cradle as its requirements management tool on the development of mission critical systems for the Navy. This includes systems that preset and deploy weapons, and systems that provide critical sensor and targeting information. Cradle's extensive feature‐set allows us to manage, collect, organise, and derive requirements in a manner consistent with the unique needs of every project. Cradle's flexibility allows us to create new requirement relationships to solve unique System Engineering problems. When we need assistance, we do not hesitate to contact 3SL for Cradle support. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and have always been available to help us with our problems."
"3SL were very active in their support to me and highlighted that we had local support available through Simon Fearnley and Agile Controls in Adelaide Australia. A webinar was arranged with Mark Walker in the United Kingdom that Simon attended. I had included a number of systems engineers including the Chief Engineer and we were all thoroughly impressed with Mark's knowledge and the capabilities of the tool, not only for design but for the complete Systems Engineering lifecycle and various subtleties linking requirements, design, and test but parametric modelling, configuration management, document generation and engineering and project management support. We bought the tool, recognising the potential for a substantial productivity gain and improvement in quality. At a training session I continued to be impressed as I discovered yet more features of the tool. Consultancy has further helped to configure the tool for our specific needs. I have been nothing but thoroughly impressed with not only the breadth and depth of capabilities of the Cradle tool, its flexibility, integration, and price (value for money), but in with outstanding pre-sales and post-sales support we have received from 3SL. I would thoroughly recommend Cradle and 3SL for complex systems engineering projects."
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