Mega Hopex update focuses on aligning IT to business goals

A major update to Mega International’s Hopex enterprise architecture tool aims to help customers better align IT resources with business objectives through a new enterprise management portal and strategic planning module.

Mega’s Hopex version 4 adds an IT Business Management module that can bring together functionality and data from the IT portfolio and business architecture components into one place through a streamlined UI to help users ensure their technology stays on track with their business goals. The more cohesive approach should smooth awkward transitions that customers sometimes faced between IT and business architecture profiles, said Daniel Hebda, Mega’s chief strategy officer.

A new Mega Hopex 360 enterprise portal will also give CIOs, business stakeholders and IT leaders access to a dashboard with charts and graphics to help them monitor their digital transformation projects. Hebda said prior Hopex portals focused on enterprise architects as the primary end user.

Access for C-level execs

But Than Nagashunmugam, an enterprise architect at a major financial institution and a member of Mega’s customer advisory board, said C-level executives also need to view a clear summary of the company’s applications, including the total number, their locations on or off premises and any that might

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NASA Urges Private Companies to Gather Moon Rocks for It

NASA on Thursday announced it was in the market for Moon rocks, and wants to pay companies to scoop out the dirt, take a photo, and then have it ready for collection by a future mission.

The contract doesn’t actually involve getting to the Moon itself, a feat only achieved by the national space agencies of three countries, but instead envisages companies designing a robot that NASA or major private sector players can then launch.

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Germany wins the ERC 2020 tournament

The winner of the sixth edition of the international ERC competition is the German team ERIG e.V. Hot on their heels were members of RoverOva from the Czech Republic, who ended up second. The third place was granted to both DJS Antariksh from India and Columbian Robocol. It is the first time in the history of ERC where two teams tied for a place on the podium.

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During #ERC2020 teams were using an innovative remote-robot management platform and mobile robots. Image credit: ERC

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