#ArchiMate #OmniGraffle Stencils GW-Style

As my drawing tool for free model-drawing is OmniGraffle on the Mac (which, I might add is an extremely good and intelligent free model-drawing program). There are ArchiMate 2.0 stencils (to be found on GraffleTopia) but they have the layered-color…

Mapping #BPMN and #ArchiMate, first thoughts

ArchiMate is an open standard for modeling Enterprise Architecture. It can be used in many ways. One of these is a good Current State Architecture description: your current landscape of business and IT, coherently modeled with enough detail to be…

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…

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…

Business Process versus Business Function

A rather tricky part of ArchiMate is the difference between Business Process and Business Function. Both stand for behaviour at the Business Level. Both generally encapsulate in the end the same activities. Choosing between a Business Function and a Business…