How does the API-economy differ from the SOA approach of the past? An ArchiMate answer.

These days, there is a lot of talk about the ‘API Economy’: a world filled with systems providing services to other systems using (above all RESTful) services. It would be easy to miss the fact that this isn’t new at…

Who's in Charge? (Layers? What Layers! — 2)

ArchiMate 3, at first glance, looks like a very orthodox IT-oriented enterprise architecture modeling langage. It can show how the business is supported ('service-oriented') by applications which are supported ('service-oriented') by infrastructure. This has been the Core of ArchiMate's view…

What is wrong with this picture?

Time for another — this time very short — educational quiz post. Look at the following diagram (in the Mastering ArchiMate colour scheme). Is this OK? [Completed post (from this point on) revealed on 21/Sep/2016] First, let's look at why this…

Process Modelling in ArchiMate in BiZZdesign Architect

A short while ago I wrote about using ArchiMate to model processes instead of the (agreed, vastly superiour) BPMN language. What I did was change the visuals on ArchiMate elements to support this and I also did a few things…

Modelling a rich business service (What was wrong with that picture?)

In the post What is wrong with this picture? I showed a pattern devised by an enterprise architect to model the standard services they want to provide to customers. The idea of such a service is that is is largely some sort of…