Txture is a highly scalable tool suite that helps you manage, analyze and visualize your IT-landscapes. It covers both ends of the spectrum, from Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) to IT-Infrastructure Management and aims to effectively connect both worlds.
Txture comes with a multi-user web application and integrated textual as well as spreadsheet desktop tools. A flexible data import mechanism allows you to automatically integrate data from external repositories, such as a CMDB.
Txture scales well with 100.000+ documentation items.
The flexible datamodel of Txture allows you to model services, technologies and the dependent applications. This can be used to find redundant applications and reduce the complexity of the application landscape. ... more
Large application landscapes tend to have complex dependencies that are challenging to untangle. With Txture's dynamic, flexible and navigable visual documentation you can uncover dependencies and make them visible. ... more
Within Txture you can switch between a documentation mode and a planning mode in which different future architectures can be assessed and compared. ... more
Through its visualizations you can use Txture to visualize the service levels of all elements in the stack, from the hardware up the applications and business processes. This helps you to identify weak spots in the architecture that need performance or security improvements. ... more
In Txture you can relate applications to the technologies they use. This way you can analyze the applied technologies and steer the introduction or their removal. ... more
Application portfolios help to identify redundant applications, applications with partially overlapping functionality and outdated applications which should be potentially phased out. APM also helps to overview application costs.
Txture enables you to manage your portfolio by providing flexible and navigable visualizations which are able to relate different types of applications to business functions and the underlying technologies.
Txture's visualizations help you to analyze the dependencies contained within the entire architectural stack. The image to the right illustrates how Txture can be used to automatically order elements to their architectural layers to allow an intuitive inspection. Each visualization can be adapted on-the-fly by adding "neighboring" elements or unfolding complete dependency paths to specific types of documentation elements. For example, you can choose an application and transitively unfold all relations to physical servers. This way the impact of changes or the risks regarding system and operation failures can be visually analyzed.
Analysis routines can also be defined and shown on your personal dashboard. This way Txture can help you to keep an overview on critical parts of your IT landscape.
With Txture’s planning mode you can both document current architectures and sketch future IT landscapes. In this view you can keep track of prospective changes, compare them with the current landscape or simulate what-if scenarios.
You can maintain multiple IT landscape change plans at the same time. These plans can cover different areas of your documentation.
All features that are available for the actual architecture documentation are also available for change plans. This includes visualizations, analysis activities and the generation of reports .
Quality of service contracts like SLAs or OLAs are commonly applied in today's organizations. However, it is often difficult to trace the contracts from the services and applications down the stack to the level of operation.
The figure to the right sketches the visualization of an architecture stack where each element is annotated with a color that represents its OLA. In this way you can identify cases in which an OLA cannot be met along a chain of dependencies. Furthermore, runtime information from the current architecture can be embedded in visualizations and contribute to quality of service management.
Additionally, applicable documentation attributes and colors or symbols indicating certain contracts or runtime information can be easily configured.
With its intuitive visualizations, Txture makes it possible to easily analyze technology usage in your organization. You can navigate to a certain technology to find out which applications are using it or conversely, to find out technology dependencies of applications.
Txture's technology management also allows for the grouping of documented entities by their underlying technologies to easily comprehend what your enterprise depends on. This form of technology management can be a good starting point for planning consolidations of your IT landscape.
Txture comes with three basic types of integrated documentation editors: a web-application, an Excel plugin and a textual DSL editor (hence the name Txture). With different types of editors, Txture intends to bring the right tool to different types of stakeholders with differing expertise and working areas. ... more
Txture allows you to freely configure the meta-model to reflect the information demand of your enterprise. It can also be modified at any time in order to adapt to organizational changes. ... more
Txture allows you to analyze your architecture with flexible visualizations and reports which can be shared and exported! ... more
Through the clever use of modern graph databases, Txture scales and performs well no matter whether your architecture contains 300 or 100.000+ elements. ... more
Txture has strong automation and integration capabilities based on several years of Enterprise Architecture documentation research. You can easily integrate Txture with various existing tools, such as CMDBs, databases or REST interfaces....more
Txture comes with three basic types of documentation editors.
Txture's web application integrates easy-to-use form based editing functionality that lets you adapt any documentation item on-the-fly. It caters to all users and give you flexible visualizations.
Txture also provides a textual description language for creating and editing documentation items. To improve textual editing, productivity enhancing features such as automatic text completion or highlighting of errors are available. Textual editing is intended to integrate well into existing working environments of users with a more technical or programming background.
Finally, Txture can be easily integrated with a MS Excel plugin that lets you synchronize your documentation with the spreadsheet editor.
Today's organizations have complex and constantly changing IT-architectures. The IT-infrastructure and the information demand of the stakeholders differ from organization to organization. Therefore, Txture provides an easy mechanism to customize its underlying meta-model and adapt it to changing documentation requirements. However, if desired, you can still model according to EA standards like Archimate or TOGAF.
Txture allows you to analyze your documented architecture with the help of visualizations and reports. Txture's visualizations allow you to navigate and filter documentation items so you can answer your specific architecture questions.
Once you have created a new visualization, you can store it for your personal use, share it with colleagues or modify it at any time. Your visualizations are automatically adapted in the case that the data model or the actual architecture documentation change.
The visualizations can do even more! Extend your visualizations by using typical drawing tools such as separators, boxes for grouping items, custom labels, colored areas etc. This way you don't need to switch to a drawing tool to express your ideas for a presentation.
You can also export reports and images from any visualization.
The performance of many modeling tools becomes sluggish once a realistic number of assets is modeled. Txture was built with extreme scalability in mind by using modern graph database technologies. The user interface and all queries perform extremely fast even with hundreds of thousands of assets. Likewise, visualizations often become cluttered and confusing with too many model elements. Txture's visualization interface allows you to reduce such complexity and abstract away from too much detail.
The workload of manual documentation is one of the biggest challenges in the documentation of IT-landscapes. This is why we have spent considerable time in the past years on researching how documentation can be better automated. Txture can integrate with various external data sources, such as your existing CMDB. Mappings can be easily configured via drag-and-drop in the web-application and you can choose from a large amount of communication protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SSH,..) as well as import data formats (SQL, EXCEL/CSV, XML, JSON, ... ).
QE LaB Business Services GmbH is a spin-off of the University of Innsbruck. We base ourselves on the research work of the Quality Engineering research group and the Quality Engineering Laura Bassi Lab (QE LaB). The latter is an application-oriented research center funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science Research and Economy and industry partners.
Txture was developed as the result of a consulting project with the ARZ (Allgemeines Rechnenzentrum), an Austrian banking data center, in order to manage and document their IT-landscape.
The initial version of the tool was created as part of a successful effort for the Austrian banking data ARZ to create a textual documentation tool for their complex IT-landscape. Currently, the tool is further developed as a research project in collaboration with a large semi-conductor manufacturer to help visualize and manage their globally distributed IT-landscape.