It’s been a while (busy, busy) but I though this one would be a good candidate for another ArchiMate quiz. This time not “What is wrong with this picture’, but more, “This is grammatically correct, but why? And what does it mean?”Have a look at the following two snippets (in Mastering ArchiMate colours, where ‘deep’ is technology and ‘light’ is business, and blue is active, yellow is behaviour and green is passive, as it was originally used in ArchiMate).
There are two Assignments here. Between a Device and another Device. And between a Communication Network and a Business Actor. These are valid relations in ArchiMate 3.
The question is: why is this the case? They are not direct (core) relations, they are derived. But how? And what do they mean?
Any good answer (either technically or because of entertainment value) added below in the comments may win a free PDF bundle of Mastering ArchiMate and Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture. If you have images to add, mail them and I can add them to your answer.