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Archimate Overview


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Presentation given by Wilbert Kraan at the second JISC Emerging Practices workshop (2012/07/03). Provides a basic overview of ArchiMate.

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Archimate Overview

  1. 1. Archimate introductionWilbert Kraan
  2. 2. Overview ArchiMate background ArchiMate motivation- what its meant to do ArchiMate application- what its used for How ArchiMate works Tools Experiences
  3. 3. Background Designed by a Dutch IT research group called Novay (formerly the Telematica Instituut) Currently used by a wide range of organisations, including Dutch tax office, insurance companies, construction multinationals, most of Dutch HE Used by all JISC Enterprise Architecture group members in some way An Open Group standard; i.e. vendor independent Version 2.0 released a few months ago; aligned with the TOGAF
  4. 4. Quick recap on Enterprise Architecture Definition:  “a coherent whole of  principles,  methods, and  models  that are used in the design and realisation of an enterprises  organisational structure,  business processes,  information systems and  infrastructure” (Lankhorst, Novay)
  5. 5. Motivation behind ArchiMate Enterprise Architecture modelling language  i.e. It models:  The organisations structure  Motivations, principles and goals  Business processes  Information systems  Infrastructure Resembles Unified Modelling Language (UML) Complements Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) and UML, doesnt replace them Very good at modelling high level business entities and processes, doesnt aim to model process itself in detail
  6. 6. Application ArchiMate aims to ease communication between as many different groups of people as possible (does not necessarily capture everything) Unified way of modelling EA Offers a good drill down approach – describing, analysing and visualising relations
  7. 7. How does Archimate work? Structure Behaviour Information (dynamic) (static)Business LayerApplication LayerInfrastructure Layer 7
  8. 8. How does Archimate work? BehaviourBusiness Layer 8
  9. 9. How does Archimate work? Behaviour Information (static) Business Layer 9
  10. 10. How does Archimate work? Structure Behaviour Information (dynamic) (static)Business Layer 10
  11. 11. Insurance example: business layer 11
  12. 12. Insurance example: business &application layer 12
  13. 13. Insurance example: application &infrastructure layer 13
  14. 14. Insurance example:complete 14
  15. 15. Summing up: Divided into sub layers based on requirements All three layers are interdependent and support each other Views: you only ever show a particular audience the part that they are interested in, in the way that makes sense to them 15
  16. 16. Tools that support Archimate BiZZdesign Architect IDS Sheer ARIS Troux metis Avolution Abacus Sparxsystems Enterprise Architect Templates for Microsoft Visio and Omnigroup Omnigraffle Some people have used generic UML tools Archi! 16
  17. 17. Some experiences from JISCEnterprise Architecture projects Made 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 stakeholders Articulates 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 17
  18. 18. Further information• Archimate page at Open Group:• Archi tool:• Wilbert Kraan • 18
  19. 19. Modelling exercise Archi modelling tool: Tutorial sheet: 19