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Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architects can use the tool to create a deep representation of an enterprise, including Business, Information, Application, and Technology architectures.

You can create Roadmaps as overlays on any diagram type, and capability models can ensure the architectures align with what the enterprise does. You can create Business, Information, Application, and Technology Architectures, and these and the teams that create them can be managed through the tool. Architects and other stakeholders can automatically generate business-friendly publications, including charts and graphs, to visualize critical parts of the architectures.

Enterprise Architect Tasks

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Create Strategic Roadmaps

Roadmaps guide an organization from its current state to a target state, thus transforming the enterprise and steering it on a strategic course through a series of transition states.

Enterprise Architect has productive and flexible roadmap facility, allowing you to create roadmaps from pre-built model patterns for a solution, segment, and enterprise architectures. You can develop roadmaps for any architecture artifacts, including capabilities, applications, and technology items.

Example Analysis Diagram

Define Business Capability Models

Business Capabilities are the cornerstone for the work carried out by the other architecture domains, including Information, Application, and Technology Architecture. They provide a way of viewing what the business does or needs to do. They are considerably easier and less time-consuming to create than business processes and directly correlate to what the enterprise does.

You can model capabilities using ArchiMate capability elements or UML Activities and diagrams of nested elements modeling the hierarchal structure of these all-important business elements. The capabilities can be automatically colored in two dimensions using dynamic diagram legends.

Capabilities

Catalog Application Portfolios

The Application Architecture provides an essential catalog of the applications in the enterprise describing the work that they do to transform, transmit and store information. The architecture also describes the interfaces required or provided by the applications and how the applications interact to carry out the activities described in the business models, such as the Business Process diagrams.

You can model application portfolios in Enterprise Architect and visualize the list in various ways, including diagrams, list views, specification manager, and charts and graphs.

Application Lists Diagrams and Matrices

Model Information Architectures

Information Architecture is key to the success of an Enterprise Architecture Program, as information is created, consumed, and destroyed by the components that make up the other architectures. The information architecture will typically include a description of the baseline and target architectures, with a series of transitions defined that can be executed and described on Roadmap diagrams.

Enterprise Architect is a profoundly useful tool for creating and maintaining information architectures. Its sophisticated and extensive support for standards and its wide range of tools to support information models, from high-level classifications and concepts right down to the level of schemas and the elements and columns that comprise them.

Information Architecture

Create Technical Reference Models

The Technical Reference Model (TRM) references generic platform services and technology elements and acts as a substrate upon which to build a technology architecture. The TRM provides a set of architectural and solution building blocks that will ultimately provide the platform for business and infrastructure applications to deliver the application and infrastructure services.

You can use Enterprise Architect to create any technology model, and you can use any modeling language to represent the devices, nodes, system software, and any other technology artifact.

Technical Reference Model

Manage Architecture Governance

The governance of the architectures is critical for the success of the program and the architectures it creates. Regardless of how perfect an architecture is, without the assurance that the technology staff has implemented it correctly, the vision expressed in the architecture may not be realized, the promise made to the stakeholders will be empty, and the business value will never eventuate.

You can use Enterprise Architect to govern and manage your architectural practice and the architectures it produces, including governance boards, the governance register, and more.

Architecture Governance

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