A Compliance Assessment is conducted to ensure that an implementation project is proceeding in compliance with the defined architecture. This is an important governance mechanism that is used to ensure that the architectural vision is being realized and that the principles and designs are complied with or, if not, dispensations are issued where necessary. A series of checklists can be applied to ensure there is rigor in the assessment and to indicate if the implementation is compliant.
Enterprise Architect has a series of tools that can be used for the assessment, including the powerful Team Library facility that can be used to record the results of the assessment. This is a document-based facility that can be tailored to suit each organization or project. One or more checklists can be conveniently applied to give a visual representation to the assessment.
This section lists the main tools available in Enterprise Architect that can be used to perform a Compliance Assessment. There is also a wide range of additional tools that a modeler might find suitable when applying the technique in a particular context. The complete list of tools is available from the topics: Meet the Enterprise Architecture Tools and Additional Enterprise Architecture Tools.