"The business case for CIEL and the new visualization language is based on the need to develop a better way to visualize the architect systems and interactions seen by cloud computing and the plethora of different connections and technologies.
While there are individual vertical industry standards for data and metadata exchange often many systems and interconnections are cross-cutting many business and social borders and devices.
Today’s modeling notations are more specific to Information technology systems design but do not have the more literal visualization of social networks, clouds of data and multiple interactive media experience that are typical of today’s cloud enable ubiquity.
CIEL is an Ecosystem Ubiquitous notation designed to help express and visualize this interactive experience across multiple systems, web sites, devices and associations in a holistic way. This is achieved by:
• Is a language describing a range of systems both living and non-living such that the scale and scope is an ecosystem wide perspective of participants, systems, resources, connections, relations, connections and rules involved in that ecosystem.
• In a language and use of symbols that are no- technical and expressive for business and general users.
• Is an ecosystem level approach that means it can cut across multiple distributed systems to systems modeling these interactions to better express how.
• Has a semantic ID system to enable the symbols and relationships to have a real meaning in context of the use of the model.
• Has levels of model visualization that can express the technical as well as non-technical business view of the ecosystem.
• CIEL can connect to existing systems and business process modeling notations. The aim is that IEL complements and supports these providing a semantic ecosystem wide visualization approach."