Abstraction versus Precision in ArchiMate

We architects love abstraction. Abstraction makes the nitty gritty and complex details disappear. Abstraction makes the unmanageable manageable. Our business colleagues also love it when we produce abstractions. It makes our end products easier to digest. In ArchiMate, you can…

Missing from ArchiMate: (Business) Capability?

One of the most often heard complaints about ArchiMate is that the concept Capability is missing. People often use ArchiMate's Business Function for Capability as it comes closest. Are they right? And: What is 'Capability' and how should we model…

Announcing Mastering ArchiMate Edition 1

I'm happy to announce the public availability (and downloadable PDF) of Mastering ArchiMate – Edition I, a book about the ArchiMate Enterprise Architecture language. My apologies for the inconvenience, but the book has its own full page now where information…

Application Deployment Patterns

ArchiMate covers the standard three layers of enterprise architecture: business (products, business processes, business functions, business objects, roles, actors, etc.), application (application components, application functions, application services, data objects, etc.) and infrastructure (devices, nodes, networks, infrastructure services, artifacts), the infrastructure…