Informing management with a clearer picture of their digital nervous system

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Software is business

A digital nervous system sits at the heart of every business and is critical to every function. The ability to comprehend this nervous system is a key part of decision making at every level.

Software mapping is about bringing thousands of years of geographic mapping research to simplifying complex software. Shine a light on your digital nervous system to improve decision making and reduce risk.

REA Group

The Challenge

REA Group was one of the earliest adopters of agile methodology and microservices architecture. Over the past decade this has lead to a highly complex architecture, managed by a highly distributed and autonomous workforce, a compounding challenge that makes delivery of end-to-end solutions difficult.

The Result

Introduced in 2018, Aplas is the central repository for software asset metadata within REA Group - across all Australian and Asian businesses. It is used as a key productivity tool to inform the executive and developers alike. It has allowed REA Group to stay agile while continuing to scale.

"Aplas is REA's key product to make sense of our microservices web. As the number of systems, integrations, teams and products increased our ability to understand our ecosystem decreased.
With Aplas we now can visualize our digital eco-system allowing us to make better decisions and effectively manage technology evolution.
Aplas has a flexibility that perfectly accommodates our metadata, allowing systems plotted on the map to carry valuable information. This information is used by delivery, business and product people alike."

Dan Aragio
Head of Architecture

Software literacy

Software literacy is extremely poor in today's business. While a few software architects do understand the nervous system of business, everyone else is left in the dark.

Aplas is designed to radically broaden the understanding of complex systems of software. Increasing both the software literacy of your employees and your businesses ability to compete in a digital world.

Aplas lives at the intersection of people and software - it is the foundation for making better decisions with software, empowering your business to thrive in a digital world

Software stories

Software architecture cuts into many other concerns in business - risk, cost, lifecycle and program management must all be considered.

Aplas provides powerful data-driven styling to present anything on your organizations software map. The possibilities are endless, with each style supporting your ability to tell a compelling story.

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Style Project

Don't let cross project impacts cause cost and schedule blowouts. Ensure all stakeholders are on the same page through project views.
Demonstrate project plans and phases
Show how projects will impact different systems, user groups and integrations across multiple phases.
Ensure visibility of cross-system impacts
Highlight and track system impacts as they occur, visually using the same project plan.
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Our style designer allows you to visualize any data in any way. This is just an example of what is possible.
Always up-to-date
Changes to your index auto-updates your map, changes to your maps auto-updates your styles.

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Style Financial

Remove the fog across your software assets to gain visibility into costs and make informed budget decisions.
Increase software cost visibility
Understand what your complete digital footprint is and the associated costs.
Quickly generate management & financial reports
Create and distribute visual financials across all stakeholders.
Just an example
Our style designer allows you to visualize any data in any way. This is just an example of what is possible.
Always up-to-date
Changes to your index auto-updates your map, changes to your maps auto-updates your styles.
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Aplas for all

Many exisiting software asset repositories are so specialized to one particular audience that they become useless for everyone else. All the effort taken to populate their complex data models end up being their death nail. They just don't have enough users to sustain the investment in keeping them up-to-date.

Aplas is a simple, workflow-agnostic, outward facing platform that gives everyone a place to learn about software. Whether its our "metamap" interface to quickly acquire information, our "metamap"...

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