MEGA HOPEX Review

​It provides a central repository of all architecture artifacts. Managing the new licenses and roles was difficult on the initial setup.


Valuable Features

ITPM – It provides a central location to manage our technology portfolio and standards/governance.

Improvements to My Organization

It provides a central repository of all architecture artifacts as well as application inventory. It has made it easier to do impact analysis. It’s slowly becoming the authoritative source of current state application architecture.

Room for Improvement

We would like the reporting and analytics, road mapping, import/export functionality, and data modelling capabilities to be improved.

Deployment Issues

It was a bit challenging to convert our old Mega licensing model to the new Hopex licensing model which is at a more granular level. Managing the new licenses and roles was difficult on the initial setup.

Stability Issues

There were no issues with the stability.

Scalability Issues

We have had no issues scaling it for our needs.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Overall, they have good support.

Previous Solutions

We evaluated other EA tools but we already had Mega in-house and continued to use it.

Initial Setup

Fairly straightforward. There were some steps in the documentation that were not clear but with tech support’s help we overcame the issues.

Implementation Team

We implemented it in-house with an enterprise architect and system administrator working together. We developed an implementation plan before starting the initial deployment and/or upgrade.

ROI

Mega needs to simplify their licensing model more like other leading EA tools in the market.

Other Advice

Collect accurate and up-to-date data about your environment before implementing an EA tool. Have an approach in terms of what objects to create in the tool in what order. Set up a sandbox environment to familiarize the architects and other users with the tool. Avoid creating extraneous objects in the production environment; start with small set of objects and artifacts that add value and will be used.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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