Keyword

Architecture

Business Capabilities

White Paper

Business Capabilities and Business Services Lessons Learned

Over the last 10 years a strong driver for the development of Enterprise Architecture has been to align organisations around a common set of capabilities and outcomes. This has often been driven through the use of Business Capability based planning techniques, a methodology Glue Reply has been heavily involved in since its’ inception.

microservices

White Paper

Integration patterns in Microservice architecture

Microservices are the evolution of best-practice application design principles that shape the delivery of solutions to the business in the form of services. This paper, developed by Glue Reply, details about the different challenges from an integration perspective in a microservice architecture and different options to address them.

iPaas

White Paper

Evaluation of IPAAS

iPaaS platforms are gaining momentum and are recognised as one of the key enablers of digital transformation for their ability to provide for ever-changing business requirements with lower cost, productivity (quick-to-market), scalable solutions. This whitepaper provides insights into vGlue Reply’s iPaaS evaluation methodology which has evolved and been successfully applied to perform assessments for customers of various sizes and maturity.

Cloud solution

Case Study

Executing digital transformation with cloud based integration

Cluster Reply were engaged at the start of the Connect programme working in partnership with Grainger to define the programme requirements, the technical scope and to implement the integration solution in alignment with the Grainger business transformation strategy.

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09.02.2021 / Online

Event

Data Reply at OOP 2021

Data Reply is present at the online conference OOP - Software meets business: The Conference for Software Architecture - from 8 to 12 February 2021. Join the experts' presentation "It's not just Kafka - what else does it take to be real-time?" on 09 February from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m..

INCHCAPE

Case Study

ENHANCING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE FOR INCHCAPE

Glue Reply helps Inchcape enhance customer experience and deliver to the diverse market demands through centralized data integration using the relevant digital technologies.

03.02.2020 - 07.02.2020 / Munich

Event

Data Reply at OOP 2020

Visit Data Reply as co-exhibitor at the Confluent booth in the Confluent Streaming Area from 3 to 7 February 2020 at OOP - Software meets business: the conference for software architecture.

Cornwall Council

Case Study

GLUE REPLY HELPS CORNWALL COUNCIL TO DELIVER ARCHITECTURE-DRIVEN OUTCOMES

Cornwall Council was looking to transform their IT capability after years of underutilisation. Glue Reply has helped drive this transformation, envisioning and architecting the creation of a modern, digitally-enabled organisation with technology at its heart.

Microservices

Best Practice

Developing Applications using Microservices and Microsoft Azure Service Fabric

Microservices based architectures allow for increased scalability and agility when developing and maintaining Customer focused services. Solidsoft Reply employs Microsoft Azure Service Fabric, a distributed systems platform to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable Microservices and containers while supporting native cloud development.

Integration

Best Practice

New integration capability

In order to deliver integration successfully and systematically, the discipline of integration needs to be managed as a capability. Glue Reply has been helping organisations establish and improve their integration capability.

Integration

Best Practice

Integration Modernisation

The integration industry is very mature having seen relatively little technological change in the last 20 years. Cloud has brought change in terms of where data is located, how we connect to it and how vendors offer up technology. This paper looks at many of the recurring themes and challenges that organisations encounter in the modernisation of their integration environment and why a change agenda is important.

Microservices

Best Practice

Microservices for Application Supplementation

Major organizations rely heavily on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or packaged applications, which come with pre-configured tested functionality as these are built on leading industry best practices. This paper describes the problem and illustrates an example reference architecture that allows for COTS to stay vanilla.

IT Transformation

Best Practice

Dealing with Mass Automation

Automation is intrinsically linked with IT technology, yet in terms of readiness for automation IT organisations find themselves often completely unprepared. The introduction of automation places some important requirements on the IT architecture of an organisation and those that have a clear response to this are the ones who can realise the vision of automation quickly and less painfully.

Integration

Best Practice

The Changing face of Integration: Cloud, digital and APIs

New technological paradigms such as Cloud, Digital and Big Data present businesses with new opportunities for improved customer centricity and an opportunity to engage in a more real-time manner with customers. Glue Reply supports companies in adapting integration strategies and IT architectures to the changing technological conditions and emerging paradigms such as APIs, Microservices and automation.

Agile Incubator

Best Practice

Be more Agile, be more innovative

To shorten their time-to-market, companies need to be faster. In order to compete, they also have to become more innovative. Agile methods hold the key to success in both cases. It is then necessary to translate the agile approach into one's own actions, and at the same time to make cultural change to „more agile“ as well.

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Fideuram Investimenti

Case Study

Software architecture for Fideuram investments: support for business intelligence

In addition to the excellent technological support provided within the scope of project and architecture development, the experience gained by Technology Reply in recent years has also allowed the company to offer a functional support service covering Fideuram Investimenti’s main areas of application, thereby minimising the delivery times associated with the development of new financial products.

Agile

Best Practice

Architecture software in Agile delivery: a tailored approach

The IT organizations have now the big opportunity of using the new technologies for providing the Business with innovative tools combining at the same time Design with User Experience and Creativity. The implementation of concepts such as Agile together with an appropriate design approach can be a valuable enabler for new opportunities if it extends not only to the pure software development.

Virtual Customer Premises Equipment

Best Practice

VIRTUAL CUSTOMER PREMISES EQUIPMENT: A TECHNOLOGY PARADIGM THAT PROMISES TO CHANGE THE NETWORKING INDUSTRY

SDN and NFV are set to change the networking industry and, as part of that change, virtual Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)​ is an upcoming technology paradigm that promises to be beneficial for both customers and service providers.

Dynamic Service Chaining

Best Practice

INTRODUCE DYNAMIC SERVICE CHAINING BY USING SDN & NFV TECHNOLOGIES

The difficulties faced when implementing network services continue to present a challenge to organisations, both from an organisational perspective, as well as from a technical perspective. This document provides direction on how organisations can deal with the challenge of introducing service chaining and deploying critical network services by using the emerging technologies of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV).​

Cloud for Telco

Best Practice

Remove limitations to the Mobile Telco architecture: Telco-over-Cloud

​Technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) are sparking numerous innovations in the networking landscape. One of them being Telco-over-Cloud, which can be directly applied to the Mobile Telco architecture to remove its current limitations, making it more cost-effective, flexible, powerful and easily scalable for the future.​​

Software Defined Security

Best Practice

Advanced security mechanisms to protect assets and networks: Software-Defined Security

Organisations can now leverage the emerging technologies of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) for implementing security, as opposed to using traditional methods, and outlines some of the benefits that can be realised.​

Data centre architecture

Best Practice

From a rigid ecosystem to a logical and flexible entity: the software-defined data centre

Adoption of Technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and Cloud Automation will help evolve the Data Centre into a Cloud based, dynamic, future-proof and self-sustained environment that can scale up and down to address all present and future needs.

Digital Transformation

Case Study

Helvetia Austria: more productivity through digitization

The Austrian Helvetia Versicherungen AG has extensively digitized their case processes. Whether by post, fax or e–mail - the upstream post scanning, electronic files and mailboxes enable identical processing regardless of media. The transformation was completed in a two-year project based on the Macros eWorkplace software. The special procedure followed by Helvetia for tendering and implementation is to be regarded as best practice.

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29.07.2015 / ScienceDirect

Article

Fixed Access Network Sharing

Fixed broadband network deployments are moving inexorably to the use of Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies and architectures. These NGA deployments involve building fiber infrastructure increasingly closer to the customer in order to increase the proportion of fiber on the customer’s access connection (Fibre-To-The-Home/Building/Door/Cabinet, ... i.e. FTTx).

IT service offering

Case Study

John Lewis Infrastructure Services achieves excellence with Reply

Retail Reply helps John Lewis Infrastructure Services understand the IT landscape and produce strategy and plans to improve the service performance of the organisation, ultimately supporting John Lewis and Waitrose’s innovation and business transformation projects.

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Architecture

Partnership

Professionalising IT Architecture

Glue Reply is committed to the development and professionalisation of the IT industry. To that end, Glue Reply is a corporate member of the British Computer Society (BCS), the recognised Chartered Body for IT Professionals and a Gold Member of the Open Group responsible for the continual development of the industry standard architecture framework, TOGAF.

CRM for Stock Exchange

Case Study

Best Customer Service

Syskoplan Reply developed a consistent Customer Relationship Management solution for Deutsche Börse. SAP CRM standard software was refined to create a solution specially tailored to the needs of Deutsche Börse that optimally supports the business processes for the specialised areas.

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Architecture

Best Practice

Enterprise Architecture Blueprint Management - Solutions for the IT sector

It’s clear that the world of technology is becoming critical to nearly all organisations, whilst it is changing at a pace never seen before. Should the CIO invest in sophisticated infrastructure when consumers are now carrying it around in their pockets, employees would prefer to use their own device and there is connectivity all around us?

Architecture Design

Best Practice

Enterprise Architecture & Solution Design

Reply enterprise architecture has been created and continually developed to create a best practice capability based planning. Reply offers a range of solution architecture, IT system design and delivery services which will help you to ensure that all new projects and programmes remain in alignment with your business, IT, and Enterprise Architecture (EA) strategy.

Cloud Computing for Integration

Best Practice

Enterprise Cloud Integration: why best practice integration is more important than ever

SaaS, PaaS, and Cloud. Well done! You have lowered the cost of your infrastructure and application landscape... BUT! Is your data secure..? And, can you get at it when you need it..? The adoption of Cloud defence is just beginning.

Enterprise Architecture

Best Practice

Capability Architecture: Connecting the Dots!

A capability based planning approach to driving IT delivery from business goals. It is not difficult to find instances of business and IT projects failing to achieve their goals. The reason (or is it excuse?) frequently cited is misalignment or disconnection to organisational strategy.

Architecture Enablement

Video Reference

Reply helps John Lewis' IT move forward at pace

John Lewis relied on Reply to support them in identifying and implementing the new capabilities needed to support its growth strategy, following the newly defined roadmap and providing solution architecture support on the many subsequent IT projects.

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John Lewis

Architecture

Case Study

Reply works with Sainsbury's to achieve the Holy Grail in Business Driven IT

Retail Reply has helped Sainsbury’s fully integrate its IT strategy with its business growth strategy. This is of huge significance, as it creates an ongoing process by which Sainsbury’s can make informed and accurate IT investment decisions that support and enable the company’s growth and future success.

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CRM for Finance

Case Study

"Enabling the order flow" at DEUTSCHE Börse

Implementation of marketing campaign management and stock exchange specific business partner structures; significant involvement in coordinating development and in realizing functional extensions and system integration have been realised by Reply.

Financial Services

Best Practice

Enterprise Architecture for Financial Institutions

The explosive impact of Mobile, Social, Big Data and the Cloud as they pervade our daily lives is prompting a rethink of enterprise architectures. In the finance world, too, concepts like Digital Banking and Mobile Payments have been around for some time. But what does rethinking enterprise architectures for financial institutions mean?

10.04.2014 / Businesscomputingworld

Press Article

Agility Is Capability Architecture

This article, by Daren Ward, partner at Glue Reply explores how IT teams can better provide solutions to business requirements, where there is often a gap between what the business wants and what the business actually gets. The approach, known as capability-led architecture is all about identifying where existing business and technology systems could be exploited.

08.04.2014 - 09.04.2014 / Shrivenham

Event

Defence Information 2014 (UKCeB)

Glue Reply joined Defence Information 2014 (UKCeB), an event jointly presented by the UKCeB and Cranfield University. The event was held in Shrivenham on the 9 - 10 April 2014. Glue Reply took part in the Interactive workshops and demonstrations organising a workshop titled "Business Driven Decision Making for Information Enablement".

Case Study

A procurement hub for Basf from Reply Consulting

Reply Consulting has been engaged to support Basf Italy in designing the organizational and operating model of the Procurement Hub Italy. The project, that was divided into 3 phases - As-Is Assessment, To-Be Model Design and Definition of the Roadmap - allowed Basf to design and implement the Procurement Hub Italy in accordance with the Company’s Group guidelines.

25.02.2014 - 26.02.2014

Event

Integrated EA Conference 2014

Glue Reply will participate in Integrated EA Conference 2014, which will take place on 25 - 26th February at One Great George Street, London.
Now in its 7th year, Integrated EA is a conference on enterprise architecture in government, defence and the industries that support them. It is aimed at enterprise architects, systems engineers, CTOs and CIOs who want discuss ideas and stay up to date with progress on EA issues.

17.04.2013 - 18.04.2013

Event

Defence Information 2013 (UKCeB)

Glue Reply joined Defence Information 2013 (UKCeB), an event jointly presented by the UKCeB and Cranfield University at the Defence Academy. The event was held in Shrivenham on the 17 - 18 April 2013.

Glue Reply took part in the conferences of day 1, joining a panel that discussed "The Value and Coherence of Information".

Best Practice

SMART SELLER: Reply’s solution for negotiated offers

Reply has developed SMART SELLER, a software solution based on Oracle and Java technologies designed to support sales campaigns for both gas and electricity suppliers, with a single or dualoffer approach. Energy suppliers can integrate this solution into their existing systems easily so providing their internal sales force or external sales agents with a powerful and secure tool that supports sales campaign planning and tracking.

Best Practice

Reply Smart Grid

Over the last hundred years, utility companies have had to send workers out to gather much of the data needed by them to provide electricity. These workers would read meters, look for broken equipment and measure voltage. Most of the devices used to deliver electricity have not yet been automated and computerised. Today, thanks to ‘smart grids’, utilities can use computer-based remote control and automation to carry out tasks from the power plants and wind farms right through to the electricity consumers in homes and businesses.

20.11.2012

Event

Public Cloud Solutions with Amazon Web Services

Storm Reply, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, organised the event Public Cloud Solutions with Amazon Web Services. The event was held on 20 November 2012 in Milan. Storm Reply together with Amazon Web Services shared the experience and expertise they have developed in the application of the Cloud Computing paradigm.

23.04.2012 - 25.04.2012

Event

Master Data Management Summit Europe 2012

Glue Reply took part in the Master Data Management Summit Europe 2012, Europe’s only co-located conference on MDM and Data Governance, from 23 to 25 April 2012 in London.

Glue Reply had its booth and held a speech titled "Bringing Master Data Management to life – A New Approach".

06.03.2012 - 07.03.2012

Event

Integrated EA Conference 2012

Glue Reply joined the Integrated EA Conference, on 1 and 2 March 2012 at One Great George Street in London.

The event was aimed at professional enterprise architects, systems engineers, CTOs and CIOs who seek to “discuss ideas, challenges and stay up to date with progress on EA issues”.

Best Practice

Project Management, People Management, Business Management

Companies need to be vigilant in choosing which project managers to share their plans and aspirations with.

Choosing project managers wisely allows companies to build their next generation of leaders.

Best Practice

Can you see?

Glue Reply is a business consultancy that strives to help its clients achieve their future potential by developing solutions that often for the first time align IT capability with business goals. Many companies have no blueprint for the future, make decisions using inaccurate data and are constrained by their IT capability. We provide our clients with a clearly defined roadmap, one accurate view of reality and an agile, self sufficient organisation. Glue Reply works with organisations as diverse as Marks and Spencer, UK MOD and AXA UK.

Best Practice

Data, Information and Business Intelligence

Glue Reply’s consulting practice covers all aspects of data, information and business intelligence architecture, organisation, governance and execution. The company’s consultants have completed numerous engagements in the retail, defence and telecoms sectors. Glue Reply understand how data issues impact on other domains within your organisation and will help you to identify these and resolve them, with practical help.