SimpCha (sim-p-ka) Architecture is the blending of many different models and frameworks. But the guiding principle of SimpCha is ease of use and continuous benefit to all portions of the organization. Each layer in the model provides  comprehensive insight into the organization without being overly complex. The artifacts that associated with each layer are straight forward and are designed to be the "ground truth" in daily operations.

Hear is how the layers break down:

  • 11 Mission & Reason for Being - What do you do and why do you do it. If you started your business because all the competition was slow and had poor customer service, then write it down here.
  • 10 Strategy, Goals & Scenarios - What are your goals in business and how do you plan on achieving them. Also consider future scenarios so you can continue moving forward. Your business and IT R&D should be pointed straight at these scenarios.
  • 9 Organizational Units - How are your people grouped? Where do they sit? Does your manning reflect the business priorities and the investment in technology?
  • 8 Business Services - This is the organized list of all managed business services. These are what your customers order or consume. These can also be services that are consumed within the company. 
  • 7 Structured Apps & Content - The first layer of IT. This is the highest abstraction of the  technical capabilities in your company. This is what your developers produce and objects in this layer are very specialized to the business services they support. Although this layer does produce a technical services repository, it is not an external customer facing product. It is only to support the business.
  • 6 Data & Content Structures - This is the frame, not the walls. This is where you describe the data requirements for a database. This can also be the layer for your development frameworks and IDE's.
  • 5 OS & Applications - Oracle as the application goes hear. As well as your OS and application counts and license information. 
  • 4 Computing & Storage Hardware - Servers, workstations, SAN's, projectors & etc go right here.
  • 3 Logical Networks - Networks can be virtualize. VLANs, domains, routes and custom routing rules are defined and tracked at this layer. Your DNS tables, routing table and firewall rules are also here.
  • 2 Physical Networks - Cabling, ports and network hardware.
  • 1 Facilities & Location - Where is all your stuff? Does it have enough power or cooling? Where is it in the rack, in the room?