ArchiMate is an international, vendor-independent standard frameworks introduced by The Open Group. Its well-founded concepts and models provide precision. ArchiMate helps you get away from the 'fuzzy pictures' image of architecture. It is a lean and simple language. It contains just enough concepts for modeling enterprise architecture and is not bloated to include everything possible. Its uniform structure makes it easy to learn and apply. Here is the benefit for adopting ArchiMate for your enterprise architecture development projects:
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Actually not very long ago, modeling EA was symbolized by three things: a pencil, a sheet of paper and a notations. However time marches on and technology evolves. Everything seems to be moving towards going digital. But are you ready to make the jump?
Drawing tool offers speed and momentum to their software modeling work. Used efficiently, digital saves you a ton of time such as nice printing, easier for undo and redo, copy and paste, using shape palette or diagram templates, and etc.
Many people assume that drawing tools and modeling tools are two interchangeable concepts but this is far from true. Actually a modeling tool should offer a lot more capabilities additional to a drawing tool through they might seem not so obvious for most of the people.
A drawing tool can't be considered as a modeling tool, unless the tool can "understands" the notation of the diagram, i.e. the connection rules between shapes or model elements. The following points list these additional capabilities of a modeling tool over a drawing tool.
|Drawing Tool||Modeling Tool|
|Easy to learn||Easy||Need some time|
|Diagram complexity||Only simply diagram||Handle complex diagram|
|Shared elements in different diagram or projects||No||Yes+|
|Model consistency and traceability||No||Yes+|
|Glossary and terms linked with||No||Yes+|
|Linkage between models||No||Yes+|
|Versioning and Change Management||No||Yes+|
+ Not all modeling tools support this features (while Visual Paradigm supports all the above)
ArchiMate is a good visual language for modeling EA, but it is not a method which provides steps, techniques for guiding you through the entire EA development process. Although ArchiMate can integrate with TOGAF ADM seamlessly and intrinsically by design, to start an EA project only with pencil and papers would be just like we are doing things in the Stone Age without proper tools.
Even though businesses are aware of the advantages of an EA practice, it has never been an easy task to build an Enterprise Architecture. A problem many organizations face is inability to identify the place to start, and how to get started. The immaturity of Enterprise Architecture results in gaps and hurdles in the early stages that can stop businesses progressing further with the scheme. In 2007, Gartner found that 40% of Enterprise Architecture initiatives would be stopped and a later survey in 2015 indicates that 70% of businesses were looking to either start, or restart an Enterprise Architecture program.
If you Google around for Enterprise Architecture tooling you will probably uncovered two alternatives: Established EA tools with very high price tag, yet they only provide a tree-like structure of repository that contains a set of templates you to edit yourselves. The second alternative would be some drawing tools, such as Visio that requires excessive management and juggling of information between multiple applications.
TOGAF ADM is the process to developing an enterprise architecture, while Visual Paradigm features a process navigator that guides you through the execution and completion of TOGAF ADM and fully integrated with ArchiMate 3.1. The figure below shows a screenshot of the TOGAF ADM Guide-Through tool. It shows the steps to perform in the phase B of TOGAF ADM.
Broadly speaking, Visual Paradigm features/facilitates the following:
Gap Analysis with ArchiMate 3.1 - Look at the bottom right. It's a color legend that enables you to effective apply color code to elements in diagram.
Sample Screenshot on - Generate TOGAF ADM deliverable once you've completed the activities.
To conclude, let's take a look at the items below for what a good ArchiMate tool should support.
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