Highlighting Ardoq Use Cases

Our customers are awesome. They’re big shots in industries like banking, power, insurance, and telecommunications. Over the past few months, we’ve been interviewing some of them to find out how they use Ardoq and documenting their use cases to share with the world.

Because Ardoq is such a flexible tool, our goal with these use cases is to give you some ideas about how you could use it, maybe even point out some processes or methods that you can adopt for your own company.

Below is a summary of some of the existing use cases (we’ll be adding more soon). Let us know if you’d like to be highlighted!


In the works: AWS integration

Our co-founder Erik has been hacking away on a side project that will let you import your AWS stack into Ardoq as visual, explorable documentation.

In its current form, it’s very tailored to the Ardoq stack and isn’t ready to be released. We’re using this blog post as an opportunity to gauge interest in a fully-supported AWS plugin, and also to hear how you might use such a plugin.

This is your opportunity to influence the design of this plugin! Check out the video showing off its very early design and functionality, then fill out the form below to let us know how this might be useful for you.

Sorry for the somewhat rough cut of video – we wanted to get this out to you as quickly as possible.


Pivot faster with up-to-date systems documentation

Guest author Mario Ek Aparicio is a senior consultant at Miles, a Norwegian IT consulting firm. He is currently on loan to Silicon Valley while he completes his Executive Master of Management program.

How easily can you pivot?

If you sit down in almost any Philz Coffee or Coupa Café in downtown Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, you’ll find people talking about their new business idea; their new app or online service. You’ll probably also hear people talking about validating business models, experimenting and pivoting! These are three very important aspects of entrepreneurship so it’s of little surprise that startup people are concerned with them. (more…)

Introducing the new Reference Aggregation View

Based on the data you already have in Ardoq, our new view lets you aggregate references into composite components.

We needed to get an overview of both the data flow between systems, as well as the relation to Master Data entities. When everything was rendered as a simple graph where everything was nodes and arrows, it was not always easy to see the bigger picture. This new view allows you to aggregate components, and thus separates the two distinct concerns – data flows are rendered as arrows, and data ownership is rendered within the components.

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This is the first visualization that lets you group or aggregate components in Ardoq.

Aggregation will eventually become a top level function in Ardoq, and will have a huge impact on how you can visualize, navigate and present the data you have stored in Ardoq. As a start we have implemented aggregation on a single view to gain experience with it, and to get customer feedback.


Our First Fix-it Day

During the lifespan of Ardoq, we’ve accumulated a list of non-critical backlog items that sadly get de-prioritized as we focus on larger improvements. These de-prioritized items tend to be smaller things that don’t affect the functionality of Ardoq, but that improve its usability. To try and clear out this backlog a little, this month we replaced the Hackathon with something we’re calling a Fix-it Day. The theme of the day is simple: take on as many of these smaller backlog items as possible and ship them.


Big Changes to Ardoq Workspaces

Workspaces and models are the basis for all your data in Ardoq – workspaces contain the data, and models define the data’s structure. As such core parts of the platform, we realize that making changes to how workspaces and models work is a big deal to our users. That’s why we want to take some time to explain how the changes will make Ardoq more flexible, and how they’ll lay the foundation for much more powerful functionality in the future.

So what’s changing? Workspaces will now have a one-to-one relationship with models. Sounds simple enough, but this will unlock some powerful new possibilities in the way you use Ardoq.