ArchiMate

Sparx Systems

ArchiMate is an open standard enterprise architecture language developed by the Open Group™. The MDG technology for ArchiMate implements this language within Enterprise Architect. ArchiMate is used to describe the construction and operation of business processes, organizational structures, information flows, IT systems and technical infrastructure.

ArchiMate and Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architect enables you to rapidly develop ArchiMate diagrams, helping to describe, analyze and visualize the relationships among business domains. This in turn allows stakeholders to asses and communicate the impact of any decisions or changes within and between each domain.

ArchiMate can be used in conjunction with other methods that guide the architecture process, such as TOGAF. Enterprise Architect allows you to examine multiple viewpoints in order to address stakeholder concerns, make comparisons and to establish relationships.

ArchiMate Diagrams in Enterprise Architect
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ArchiMate overview:

  • Create a consistent and integrated model
  • Well-founded concepts and models provide precision
  • Depict in the form of TOGAF views
  • Separate diagrams for Business, Application and Technology layers
  • Lean and simple language
  • Clear differentiation between elements in different layers
  • Extensions for modeling motivation, implementation and migration.

ArchiMate® is a registered trademark of The Open Group.