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  • ArchiMate introduction

    Wilbert Kraan

  • OverviewArchiMate backgroundA little aside about Enterprise ArchitectureArchiMate motivation- what it's meant to doArchiMate application- what it's used forHow ArchiMate worksToolsExperiences

  • BackgroundDesigned by a Dutch IT research group called Novay (formerly the Telematica Instituut)Currently used by many different organisations, including practically all of Dutch HE, and 30 + institutions in UK HENow an Open Group standard; i.e. vendor independent

  • A little aside on Enterprise ArchitectureArchitecture the thing:The fundamental organization of a system embodied in its components, their relationships to each other and to the environment, and the principles guiding its design and evolution. (IEEE 1471)Enterprise architecture the approach:Continuous alignment of an enterprises assets and capabilities with its mission and strategy. (Fehskens, Open Group)a coherent whole of principles, methods, and models that are used in the design and realisation of an enterprise's organisational structure, business processes, information systems and infrastructure (Lankhorst, Novay)

  • Motivation behind ArchiMateEnterprise Architecture modelling languagei.e. It models:The organisation's structureBusiness processesInformation systemsInfrastructureResembles UML, but simpler and with a lot of added enterprise architecture specific meaningComplements BPMN and UML, doesn't replace themVery good at modelling high level business entities and processes, doesn't aim to model process itself in detail

  • ApplicationArchiMate aims to ease communication between as many different groups of people as possible (does not necessarily capture everything)Unified way of modelling EAOffers a good drill down approach describing, analysing and visualising relationsA lot of experience with ArchiMate has resulted in accepted, organisation-wide baseline models

  • How does Archimate work?Business LayerApplication LayerInfrastructure LayerInformation(static)BehaviourStructure(dynamic)

  • Business LayerHow does Archimate work?Behaviour

  • How does Archimate work?Business LayerBehaviourInformation(static)

  • How does Archimate work?Business LayerInformation(static)BehaviourStructure(dynamic)

  • Insurance example: business layer

  • Insurance example: business & application layer

  • Insurance example: application & infrastructure layer

  • Insurance example:complete

  • Summing up:Divided into sub layers based on requirements All three layers are interdependent and support each otherViews: you only ever show a particular audience the part that they are interested in, in the way that makes sense to them

  • Tools that support ArchimateBiZZdesign ArchitectIDS Sheer ARISTroux metisAvolution AbacusSparxsystems Enterprise ArchitectTemplates for Microsoft Visio and Omnigroup OmnigraffleSome people have used generic UML tools Archi!

  • Some experiences from the JISC Enterprise Architecture projectsMade users think in terms of business side rather than the application/technical side. Articulates the link between people, process, information and systems. Enhances the communication between different stakeholdersArticulates the dataflow between systems and services that can be depicted in a presentable and understandable manner Makes analysts consider the audience before drawing activity diagrams

  • Further information

    Archimate page of the Open Group:


  • First modelling exerciseTutorial sheet:

  • Community Principles