EATON (Enterprise Architect's Tool for Organising eNvironments) is a modelling tool that offers a systematic approach to describing a business information systems environment. Eaton's primary design objective is to assist those responsible for managing, supporting or analyzing a business IT services operation to understand the collection of IT assets in that environment and the role those assets play in the delivery of IT services to business customers.

Eaton offers a flexible model for describing -

• the structure of an organisation, key operational roles in each business unit and occupants of those roles

• the IT services provided to the organisation and the business processes those IT services are used in

• the IT software applications which underpin delivery of the services

• sources of data available on internal and external networks, interfaces that move data between data stores and applications that access them

• key data entities, the data stores in which they can be found and their sources of truth

Eaton offers a structured model for capturing facts and data about an IT environment and requires low level effort to install and utilise. Eaton's refined user interface simplifies the task of entering and updating data about an IT environment and planning a target IT systems state.

Summary of Functions

• Describe an organisation as a hierarchical structure of business units representing divisions, departments, teams etc… of a company, enterprise or institution.

• Define operational roles and attach them to a business unit

• Identify persons and assign them to one or more roles

• Describe a collection of software systems and applications, where a system (e.g. an ERP) comprises a hierarchy of applications each performing certain functions

• Describe a collection of data stores and map the interfaces between applications and data stores and show the larger flows of data within the environment

• Describe a collection of IT services and nominate which organisational unit is the contractual provider, owner and user of each service.

• Record a hierarchy of business processes and link processes to the business unit roles that perform them and the services that are involved in each case.

• List business data entities, the data stores where they can be found, the applications which access them and which instance of a data item is the source of truth.


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