Free ArchiMate Modeling Tool – Archi

If you follow my blog you will see that I am very hopeful of the future of ArchiMate. There is a great deal of potential here. I wrote a post entitled ArchiMate – The Emerging Architecture Modeling Standard that provides some insights into the standard and it’s origins.

If you are not familiar with ArchiMate it is an open and independent Enterprise Architecture modeling language that supports the description, analysis and visualization of architecture within and across business domains. ArchiMate is one of the open standards hosted by The Open Group and is based on the IEEE 1471 standard.

There is exciting news that there is a free open sourced ArchiMate tool out that is seeing quite a bit of adoption. Now at 1.5.1 and soon approaching 1.6 later this month it provides a low cost and low barrier to entry for organizations to accelerate architecture modeling efforts.

Archi is targeted toward all levels of Enterprise Architects and Enterprise Modelers. It is intended to provide a low cost to entry (i.e. free) solution to users who may be making their first steps in the ArchiMate language or who are looking for a fully-featured, professional cross-platform ArchiMate modeling tool for their company or institution. Archi more than adequately fulfills the needs of Enterprise Architects and associated stakeholders

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Resources

Documentation: http://archi.cetis.ac.uk/doc.html

Downloads: http://archi.cetis.ac.uk/download.html

 

Forrester: Tablet Sales Will Eclipse Laptop Sales by 2015

This post is a little off topic, but when I saw this article I had to post it. Some colleagues of mine gave me a hard time when I predicted that the iPad (and others like it afterwards) was a clear game changer. While I didn’t see this much uplift I did however go on record saying that the laptop world will be impacted in a big way. So for my friends and colleagues… what did I tell you… Smile

 

Forrester published a revised — and far more aggressive — U.S. tablet sales forecast Tuesday, estimating that tablet sales will total 195 million between 2010 and 2015. The firm also predicts the majority of these tablets will bear the Apple logo.

Forrester’s projections are still considerably more conservative than forecasts recently published by eMarketer, which predicts that 81.3 million tablets will be sold in 2012 alone, up from 15.7 million this year, and Gartner, which estimates that 19.5 million tablets have been purchased this year and that sales will multiply to 54.8 million in 2011 and more than 208 million by 2014.

You can find the full article on Mashable here: http://mashable.com/2011/01/05/forrester-tablet-sales/

 

To reel this in for the Enterprise Architects and IT Planners, what does this mean to IT organizations? I think it has a huge impact on enterprises. Not in the way we see it now with the early adopters and the special use cases but in a much more impactful way.

Here are the key factors in which tablets are going to impact the enterprise:

  • Ease of Use – Tablets like the iPad will replace laptops. I know this is a bold statement but for a good portion of the managers to the executives which already have laptops rarely perform highly computational work. Mostly email, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
  • Total Cost of Ownership – IT will look at the total cost of ownership of a laptop and compare to a tablet which will drive adoption. The average laptop fully loaded (hardware and software) will run you any where from 2 to 4k. This is a big delta from a tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard, docking station with a cover and the approved applications.
  • Mobility – Ultra mobile, great on planes, trains and even in the passenger seat of an automobile…
  • Intuitiveness– Gestures and touch is the next big wave for user experience (UX). This I believe will make users much more productive.
  • The Right Technology for the Right Problems – Ultimately I believe that the desktop and laptop will never fully go away. We will continue to use these for what they are best at. We may end up with a combination of these devices to get the best of both worlds.

 

As we see even now, computing devices will take on many different form factors that suit our lifestyles. We have gone through waves of evolution from Tethering to a desk (desktop computer) to Tethered to a 4lb hot plate to a thin low disk and horse powered mobile device. We will intuitively know what device to use for the right uses.

For the enterprise we will see the same effect. IT will need to prepare for this and make sure they are prepared for mobility. 

Latest IASA Perspectives Magazine Published

Looks like today is the day to release Enterprise Architecture Magazine editions. Paul Preiss, IASA founder and president announced the new IASA Perspectives Fall 2010 Edition. I haven’t read it yet but it looks interesting.

Request: One request I would have for both A&G and IASA is to provide an .ePub version of their publications. PDF’s are nice for my PC but I usually read these when I am mobile or lounging and it would be fantastic to use this on my iPad. Let’s say this, it would greatly increase your (publication authors) chances of me reading the content.

Content in this Edition

Foreword By Paul Preiss
Leveraging Architecture to Drive Optimization Within the enterprise it Landscape By Sanjay Agara
Using cArMA Analysis to communicate the value of enterprise technology Architecture Designs By Dr. George W. Anderson
Architecture exegesis 15    the value of Quality in Design When replacing Legacy systems
By Andrea Cifor
The value of enterprise Architecture By Adrian Grigoriu
Architecting for the cloud: A Practical example (including the Knurly Bits) By Rob Linton
Why Are We really Here Anyway? A simple Approach to the Most important Planning Activity By Tom Philbin
About iAsA: iAsA Board of education By Dr. Miriam Grace

 

You can find the new IASA Perspectives Magazine at:

http://bit.ly/hcAqKv

 

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Architecture and Governance Magazine Content Open

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Congratulations to both George Paras and the rest of the Architecture & Governance Magazine team and authors for putting out a great publication with 175 articles over the past five years.

There are three pieces of news here. The most exciting is that the Architecture & Governance Magazine announced that they decided to share access to their rich content. That is a total 175 articles published in the last five years that will be open so that you can access, search, and share that content on the web. Beginning in January, only the latest, most recent publication content will require that you be an A&G subscriber to access it.

The second is for a limited time, you can still get a complimentary download of Gartner’s 2010 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools report. Written by Julie Short and Chris Wilson, the latest Magic Quadrant provides an up-to-date and broad coverage of currently available EA software. To get your copy, please visit http://www.troux.com/gartner

Third, today the Architecture & Governance Magazine publication released the latest edition. Here is the latest Architecture & Governance Magazine issue: http://architectureandgovernance.com/content/ag-magazine-volume-6-issue-6.
 
Featured in the January 2011 publication:
 
Getting Started with Enterprise Business Architecture
by Tim Westbrock, a leading authority on IT leadership, enterprise architecture, enterprise portfolio management, governance, and organizational issues related to enterprise level planning.
Many enterprise architecture (EA) groups struggle with affecting change in the ongoing activities and existing project portfolio that demonstrably moves the enterprise toward the future state business strategy. One of the reasons is a lack of understanding of business strategy, process, information, and operations from the perspective of business executives. Some EA groups are beginning to overcome this challenge with the help of an enterprise business architecture effort, with active participation from business professionals.
 
The Evolving Definition of Risk- Is Risk Riskier Than Ever?
by Luis Ramos, the chief executive officer of The Network, a leading provider of governance, risk, and compliance solutions
Risk is an inherent part of an organization’s life cycle. It is found within all departments, at all stages of growth, and is a factor for all employees, regardless of position or generation. In the changing global environment, it can be difficult for companies to internally monitor risk and establish appropriate levels of governance. As compliance guidelines change and as the complexity of communicating and managing investments grows, it is increasingly challenging for organizations to stay ahead of the curve and effectively manage risks. These risks take form in many different situations and mediums, including social media and international compliance implications.
 
How to Initiate an Enterprise Architecture Effort in an Austere Environment
by Ruth Burgess, a program manager for IT strategic planning projects at Morgan Franklin and John Forte, a program manager for national command programs at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Imagine yourself driving but not knowing where you are going, why you are going there, or how much it is going to cost. Taking a vacation in this manner may not result in the desired outcome. To ensure that your vacation is successful, many factors need to be considered first, such as desired goals and budget limits. Like planning a personal vacation, the federal government and Department of Defense (DoD) must strategically plan their business services, operations, and information systems to achieve their end goals. 
 
 

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The 2010 Enterprise Architecture Awards

Information World published the Enterprise Architecture Awards for 2010 today. Kudos to InfoWorld and Forrester. It is great to see this kind of socialization of EA successes. We often talk about the programs that haven’t worked instead of showcasing all the great work happening out there. It would be great to see all of those Chief Architects and Enterprise Architects that won (or even didn’t win) blog more to talk about what works and doesn’t work for them to aid this struggling profession while still in it’s infancy. 

InfoWorld and Forrester Research share a similar view about the value of EA to organizations — and also believe this value is seldom given its due. To rectify that, they have worked together to develop the Enterprise Architecture Awards, with the intent of recognizing companies whose practice of EA has delivered substantial business benefit to their organizations.

They began the process of collecting nominations for the Enterprise Architecture Awards in the spring of 2010.

The winners are:

  1. Aetna
  2. Barclay’s Bank
  3. Discover Financial Services
  4. Skandia UK & International
  5. Wells Fargo

 

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