A SharpCloud Enterprise solution is collection of stories that work together due to being connected by a common template(s).
Through ‘inheritance’ the properties (categories, attributes etc), views, and content (items and relationships) from the template story are passed on to other connected stories.
By being connected, stories can then re-use items from other stories so reducing duplication and generating unique insights into the interdependencies and impact of an item across the whole collection of stories (e.g. a connected set of roadmaps or programmes).
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Benefits of Enterprise Solutions
As opposed to working with un-connected individual stories, working with connected enterprise solutions gives a number of practical benefits:
Connected Enterprise Solution
Metadata & data
Each story defines its own structure (categories, attributes etc) and data, so even though two stories may appear the same, and use the same item or attribute names, the underlying data is distinct on a per story basis.
Stories connected through an Enterprise template work together so that data, metadata and story structure can be shared across stories.
Sharing & updating
Whilst data can be shared between stories, this is achieved through additional tools based on the SharpCloud SDK (such as SharpCloud Item Synchroniser). The synchronisation happens outside of the core product and therefore is not performed in real-time.
Easily configurable ‘update once, apply everywhere’ Templates allow you to create, control and update your stories with ease. Because of the common template structure, data can be shared between stories in several ways providing both efficiency and integrity of data and generating unique insights.
Single stories by their very nature can become very large over time which can have some effect on performance and the user experience.
By connecting stories, you can scale your solution to fit complex processes and solve notoriously difficult business challenges.
For example, Enterprise Views are a powerful way to extend the content of a story for just the duration that the view is open. This allows stories to scale to include thousands of items without significantly impacting performance.
Working with Enterprise Solutions
Users working with an enterprise solution have all the familiar features and capabilities that they are used to from a stand-alone story but have some great additional capabilities, including the ability to re-use items across stories.
Creating your enterprise solution
SharpCloud’s flexibility allows you to build an enterprise solution that supports individuals and groups of stakeholders. Enterprise Solutions can underpin any business process E.g.
- IT and product roadmapping – Embed your best-practice roadmapping process in a template, then as each new team starts their roadmapping activity they’ll benefit from a standard framework and shared data.
- Project portfolio & enterprise risk reporting – Dynamically view all risks or controls, from across all the individual project stories, in a consolidated portfolio level story.
- Customer engagement – Share copies of your proposition story privately with each customer, and as you add new products to your template story, all customers are instantly aware of these latest offers.
The way you design your solution is key to ensuring that these stakeholders can operate efficiently and can gain valuable business insights from the connected set of stories.
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An example enterprise solution design
This section describes a typical Roadmapping enterprise solution. It relates to a company that has several different business teams.
The company wants each team to use the same core structure for their roadmaps and to share common data items between stories to reduce duplication and offer new insights.
The teams are still encouraged to extend their roadmap to include information that is useful to just their specific market / context.
The leadership of the company, whilst not involved in building the actual roadmaps, want to have oversight across the process. At any time, they want to be able to pull information from across all roadmaps to gain insights into how their product portfolio is progressing and how it aligns to their overall strategy.
The company’s roadmaps include three main levels of information:
- Trends and drivers that allow them to keep track of opportunities and threats from both internal and external sources.
- Products that they can build to respond to these trends and
- Technologies that they need to harness in order to deliver their products.
The Solution Architect represents this information as 3 core Categories in a Template in SharpCloud. They create working stories for the business teams and leadership that inherit these and other properties from the template.
The following slides show how the key concepts of enterprise solutions apply in this example.
The example demonstrates that in its simplest form, an enterprise solution may be based around a single template that defines all important properties. Working stories can inherit from the template and any items created in these stories can be shared between them. However, an effective solution for your specific use-case may require a different combination of Templates and working stories. Contact us to talk to us about designing the right solution for you https://www.sharpcloud.com/contact-us