ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

I am really excited about the new release of ArchiMate.  The reason I am so excited is that for the first time ArchiMate complements TOGAF with a compelling, versatile and unambiguous visual modeling language that covers the end to end enterprise architecture development method and not just solution architecture. Not only do we have the next evolution of the standard but it also comes backed with the training and certification aspects as well that makes this a very real and implementable standard.

This post is centered around some of the key highlights distilled from the my previous two posts (The Open Group Releases ArchiMate 2.0 , ArchiMate 2.0 Certification Released) and some additional analysis of the recent release of ArchiMate.

In general, the  ArchiMate 2.0 aids in the following ways:

  • Helps model the enterprise architecture
  • Works in a manner aligned with TOGAF
  • Supports the preparation and management of:
    • Business change
    • Application rationalization
    • Program and portfolio management
    • Outsourcing scenarios
  • Improves business and IT alignment
  • Performs cost analysis and business case calculations

 

Additionally, there are six key aspect you should know about the new Archimate 2.0 specification.

 

#1 Improved and Expanded

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

  • Based on many years of practical experience of modeling and analysis of Enterprise Architecture by a world-wide user base
  • ArchiMate 2.0 now enables the creation of fully integrated models of the organization’s enterprise architecture, the motivation for it, and the programs, projects and migration paths to implement it

 

#2 Now fully aligned with TOGAF

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

With ArchiMate 2.0, it’s the first fully integrated version with TOGAF. With the updates of TOGAF 9.1 (clean up of the spec) and ArchiMate 2.0 we finally have a real modeling notation for EA. It promises to provide a vendor-independent set of concepts, that helps to create a consistent, integrated model “below the waterline”, which can be depicted in the form of TOGAF views.

  • Integrated, consistent and coherent modeling in various phases
  • Specifically designed for enterprise architecture
  • Full support for viewpoints (predefined and user-defined) that supports generation of compelling views for various stakeholders from a central repository
  • Not just the ‘boxes’, but also their interrelationships
  • Explicit support for the service paradigm that defines business, application and infrastructure services with concrete, visible results for various stakeholders can be generated from a repository
  • Impact-of-change, gap analysis, etc.
  • Easy reuse of models, maintained in shared repository

 

#3 Improved TOGAF ADM alignment

  • The language structure of the ArchiMate Core corresponds with the three main architectures as addressed in phases B, C & D in the TOGAF ADM
  • The extensions to the Core closely correspond with the main aspects to be addressed in the Preliminary phase, Phase A and the Central Requirements management repository, as well as Phases E, F, G and H

The largest alignment area is the Architecture Metamodel as shown below:

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

However, there are great examples for each phase are shown below:

Preliminary Phase

Team Organization

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

Building Architecture Principles

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

A – Vision

Stakeholder Analysis

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

Business Goals

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Architecture Vision

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

B – Business Architecture

Business Architecture

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

Realization of Requirements

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

C – Information Systems Architecture

Baseline / Current State Architecture

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

Target / Future State Architecture

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Gap Analysis

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

Process Application Support

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Information Structure View

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Data Dissemination Diagram

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D – Technology Architecture

Baseline Technology Architecture Model

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Target Technology Architecture

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Technology Architecture Gap Analysis

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Platform Decomposition Diagram

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Application / Technology Support Map

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

E – Opportunities and Solutions

Transition Architectures

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

F – Migration Planning

Projects for the Transitions between Plateaus

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

H & RM – Architecture Change Management & Requirements Management

Traceability Model

Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

 

 

#4 ArchiMate 2.0 improves collaboration

By promoting a growth in shared understanding across multiple information roles including business executives, enterprise architects, systems analysts, software engineers, business process consultants and infrastructure engineers

 

#5 New Core extensions Mike Walker's Blog: ArchiMate 2.0 Highlights

  • The Motivation extension to model stakeholders, drivers for change, business goals, principles and requirements
  • The Implementation & Migration extension to support project portfolio management, gap analysis and transition and migration planning

 

#6 Inconsistencies have been removed

  • Examples have been improved
  • Additional text has been inserted
  • Certain aspects clarified

 

 

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