Popkin's System Architect follows federal EA model

The latest version of Popkin Software Inc.'s System Architect focuses on the visualization and publishing aspects of enterprise architectures.

System Architect 9.2 has an option for automating business-case reporting to match the Federal Enterprise Architecture reference model, said Jan Popkin, chief executive officer of the New York company.

An analysis feature called Enterprise Explorer Diagram visually depicts relationships among applications, technologies and locations, Popkin said. Via open-standard Scalable Vector Graphics images, it highlights redundant and overlapping systems. The Depiction Manager lets users globally change the symbols that represent systems in the framework to speed editing.

Behind the scenes, the application uses Extensible Markup Language to display diagrams as HTML or in Adobe Portable Document Format.

Information Publisher lets users publish an enterprise architecture to the Web or an intranet for sharing and decision-making.

The optional FEA Reference Model Support interface organizes an agency's enterprise architecture to comply with Office of Management and Budget requirements, Popkin said. The company will update the software as OMB revises its FEA reference models.

Other options include role-based access control, a configuration management feature called SA Compare and a simulation tool for analyzing what-if scenarios.

System Architect 9.2, including Enterprise Explorer, Enterprise Diagram and Depiction Manager, lists for $5,250 per licensed user, including annual maintenance. The optional applications cost $10,000 for Information Publisher, $1,495 for Compare, $2,500 for Simulator II and $260 per node for Role-Based Access Control.

No pricing has been set for the FEA Reference Model Support option. General Services Administration IT Schedule prices are pending for all System Architect 9.2 products.

Contact Popkin Software at 800-732-5227.

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