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ArchiMate® books

1 Title/current version of ArchiMate® books 
ArchiMate® 2.1, an Open Group Standard

2 The basics of ArchiMate® books
ArchiMate® is an open and independent modeling language
for Enterprise Architecture that is supported by different tool
vendors and consulting firms. ArchiMate provides instruments
to enable enterprise architects to describe, analyze, and visualize
the relationships between business domains in an unambiguous
way.  

3 Summary of ArchiMate® books
Developed by the members of The Open Group, ArchiMate® 2.1
was released in December 2013 and is aligned with TOGAF®, the
world’s most popular Enterprise Architecture framework. As a
result, enterprise architects using the language can improve the
way key business and IT stakeholders collaborate and adapt to
change.

The standard contains the formal definition of ArchiMate as
a visual design language, together with concepts for specifying
inter-related architectures, and specific viewpoints for typical
stakeholders. The standard also includes a chapter addressing
considerations regarding language extensions.

The contents of the standard include the following:
• The overall modeling framework that ArchiMate uses
• The structure of the modeling language
• A detailed breakdown of the constituent elements of the
modeling framework covering the three layers (Business/
Application/Technology), cross-layer dependencies and
alignment, and relationships within the framework
• Architectural viewpoints, including a set of standard
viewpoints
• Optional extensions to the framework
• Commentary around future direction of the specification
• Notation overviews and summaries

ArchiMate 2.1 improves collaboration through clearer
understanding across multiple functions, including business
executives, enterprise architects, systems analysts, software
engineers, business process consultants, and infrastructure
engineers. The standard enables the creation of fully integrated
models of an organization’s Enterprise Architecture, the
motivation behind it, and the programmes, projects, and
migration paths to implement it. ArchiMate already follows
terms defined in the TOGAF framework, and Version 2.1 of
the specification enables modeling throughout the TOGAF
Architecture Development Method (ADM) cycle.

4 ArchiMate® books Target audience
Enterprise architects, business architects, IT architects,
application architects, data architects, software architects,
systems architects, solutions architects, infrastructure architects,
process architects, domain architects, product managers,
operational managers, senior managers, project leaders, and
anyone committed to working within the reference framework
defined by an Enterprise Architecture.

5 Scope of ArchiMate® books
The role of the ArchiMate standard is to provide a graphical
language for the representation of Enterprise Architectures over
time (i.e., including transformation and migration planning),
as well as their motivation and rationale. The ArchiMate
modeling language provides a uniform representation for
diagrams that describe Enterprise Architectures, and offers
an integrated approach to describe and visualize the different
architecture domains together with their underlying relations and
dependencies.

The design of the ArchiMate language started from a set of
relatively generic concepts (objects and relations), which have
been specialized for application at the different architectural
layers for an Enterprise Architecture. The most important design
restriction on ArchiMate is that it has been explicitly designed
to be as compact as possible, yet still usable for most Enterprise
Architecture modeling tasks. In the interest of simplicity of
learning and use, ArchiMate has been limited to the concepts
that suffice for modeling the proverbial 80% of practical cases.

6 Relevant website of ArchiMate® books
www.opengroup.org/archimate

 

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