Avolution ABACUS Valuable Features

Andrew Wykurz
Enterprise Architect at Enterprise Architecture Perspectives
The most valuable feature is that it has a customizable meta-model, which is key. It has extensive uses of catalogs, which can also be called inventories or taxonomies, and that is important as an enterprise architect. A solution designer would need that. Rather than starting from scratch, leveraging a section of the predetermined solution and then plugging it into the solution that they're trying to develop provides interoperability or greater potential for it. One of the key things that Abacus does is that it has a 3D modeling capability that can identify multiple levels of connectivity of components through their 3D views. An example is looking at if A is connected to B and B is connected to C and C is connected to D and so on, you can have multiple levels of connectivity which wouldn't necessarily be obvious because you don't document it. The tool makes the connection for you. If you are going to change the tactical standard in your organization and you were going to make everything TCP/IPv6 and you are no longer going to use V4, everything has to be V6. You will want to know what the impact is going to be before you make the change. How many different solutions and how many different systems are out there that you have to change or modify. You can do an impact assessment through Abacus. You can then model it better and you can manage your standards, and also you can manage your solutions simultaneously. You can see which capabilities may impact where you wouldn't normally connect a standard to a business function or a business capability. You can also do it through this nth degree of connectivity. It's making it less complex, but more aware of your business environment. A good example would be if you were going to remodel your home and you want to know where every electrical plug-in is and what fuse it is connected to. That would be very helpful before just going in there and guessing. It's a lot more, as it will tell you if you have different levels of connectivity. For example, you want to go in and change one thing, but what is that change going to do? While you can change a fuse or a receptacle, if you don't know what it touches then you are going to shock yourself. Another great feature is that you can create reports on the fly. It's a role-based tool, where you can identify who can change what type of models. They have different permissions and you can manage those very easily within the tool. One of the things I like about this tool is that you can do an "as is" and "to be" set of models and you can compare them. View full review »
BPMexp67
BPM Expert at iMendos
This product is very strong in terms of the meta-model because you can customize a lot according to the business plan. You can customize the models to use, what kinds of objects, and what kinds of attributes, so you can customize almost everything before you start the project, as well as during the project. If you face new challenges or issues then you can dynamically customize according to the business needs. View full review »
reviewer1194981
Senior R&D Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is the traceability, you can trace any object to the other. View full review »
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Awie Pieter
Enterprise Architect at A1L Realizations
The most valuable features are the catalog and the diagram. View full review »
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