Create an IT Infrastructure Architecture Blueprint - Tutorial

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This page introduces how to create an IT Infrastructure Architecture Blueprint on the Dragon1 platform. If you want to read the why and how on Technical Architecture you need to read this page.

On Dragon1 you can create architecture blueprints. For instance, if you are an IT architect and you need to create one for your technical architecture.

The benefit of creating an Architecture Blueprint for your IT Infrastructure is that you provide managers and CTOs with opportunities to save costs and reduce complexity and increase availability of services and agility of the IT Infrastructure.

Three things maybe are holding you back from creating an IT Infrastructure blueprint like this (in PowerPoint or Visio):

  • You lack of having the right data available
  • You think you do not have the correct visualization skills needed
  • The time it takes to create the blueprint is much too long. The blueprint is needed YESTERDAY of course. Or once its created, the time to update the blueprint takes too long.

On Dragon1 we take away all these objections for creating a blueprint. First of all: You save a lot of time by using the templates in the Visual Designer web application. Secondly: you can start by using the Dragon1 reference model without having any data of your own. And thirdly: Dragon1 provides you with all kinds of features making it more easy to draw effective and nice looking visualizations.

If you print out the Dragon1 reference model at A0 size and put it on the wall of your manager or CxO, he or she will immediately want the real version and priority is put in providing you with the data needed.

How To Create The Blueprint

In order to create a blueprint like the one in the screenshot, you need to follow the plan. The plan holds six stages: Collect Data, Create a Model, Create a View, Create a Visualization, Publish the Visualization and Process Feedback. By doing these 6 steps iteratively, you will on short time notice have a blueprint everyone will like and is used by executives to take decisions.

To create an IT Infrastructure Blueprint:

  • Setup Dossier and Folder Structure
    • Go to the Setup Dossier Structure page and read how to create a dossier and folder structure.
    • Create four folders in a dossier, called Data: models, views, visual items and visualizations;
    • In these folders we will store the data, models, views and visualizations we will create.
  • Collect Data
    • Collect data from the official sources (databases and people) and put everything in an excel sheet.
    • Go to the Import Data page and read how to import data.
    • Go to the Enter Data page and read how to enter data.
    • Upload the excelsheet to get the data in the tool.
    • The data you need to collect is strategy data (stakeholders, goals and requirements for the IT Infrastructure), architecture data (the concepts, elements and components the IT Infrastructure consists of) and transformation data (roadmaps, programs, projects and deliverables) to implement to need changes of the IT Infrastructure.
  • Create a Model
    • Go to the Create Model page and read what is a model and how to create a model.
    • Now create one enterprise model with all the data connected in it.
    • Or create per type of data a different stakeholders model, networks model, servers model, etc...
  • Create a View
    • Go to the Create View page and read what is a view and how to create a view.
    • Now create a view that filters out all the data from your model(s) you do not want to have shown on the visualization.
    • You can of course choose to create various views to present via various interconnected visualizations.
    • Read the technical architecture page about the common views architects create for this type of architecture.
  • Create a Visualization
    • We have a view of a model of data in place. We can now create the graphical representation of the view that is aligned with how the stakeholder, to whom it may concern, would like to see it visualized.
    • Go to the Create Visualization page and read how to create a visualization
    • Create a visualization canvas in the Visual Designer
    • Insert a View Layout on the canvas
    • Insert Visual Items on the canvas
    • Connect the Visual Items with the view(s) you created
    • Save your visualization often enough
    • Switch to normal mode to see what the blueprint will look like once published.
  • Publish the Visualization
    • Go to the Publish Visualization page and read how to publish a visualization to the Content Viewer, so it can be viewed on an iPad (Tablet PC)
    • Select your visualization. Click on the Share button
    • Enter the correct information and press OK
    • Go to the Content Viewer and lookup your visualization
    • Mail the link to the stakeholder and ask him or her to view the blueprint and to comment it.
  • Process Feedback
    • Read the Process Comments and Feedback page
    • Stakeholders can leave comments behind on the visualizations you created and published to the Content Viewer.
    • Check regularly if comments are placed or enable and tune the notification (speed) you get when people add comments to your visualizations.
    • You can delete comments and change the visualization, view or model or data.
    • Automatically everyone who subscribed to the channel the visualization was placed in, is notified on the update.
    • In the Content Viewer they can see who has made the update and what the update actually was.

This concludes the plan to create an IT Infrastructure Architecture Blueprint on Dragon1. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments for us, please feel to mail it to servicedesk@dragon1.com.

Dragon1 PRO Edition

The Dragon1 PRO edition provides you with all the features needed to create the blueprint that is discussed here. Including support or training in using the Dragon1 software to create the blueprint. We even have the service of creating the blueprint for you. If you want more information, call us at +31 (0)317 411 341 or mail to sales@dragon1.com.

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