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Practical ArchiMate is a place to discuss practical enterprise modelling with the ArchiMate visual modelling language. Your mom might not want to read it, but I hope you will!

I hope enterprise architects and anyone who has to model IT concepts such as business process, application, data or hardware will find ArchiMate and this blog useful.

I started Practical ArchiMate out of curiosity as much as anything else. How are other people doing it? I feel like there are a bunch of us in the IT world who struggle with how to portray abstract “computer” concepts in a way that non-technical people can grasp. Boxes, circles and lines can only go so far, and they are open to reinterpretation by everyone. ArchiMate imposes constraints on the meaning of the boxes and circles, but even that is not enough to make modelling a dumb, automatic process. It takes experience and some measure of confidence to propose a model of something that everyone uses but that few completely understand. I hope Practical ArchiMate will serve as a forum to help us modelers help each other.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gctwnl  |  July 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Nice to see another ArchiMate blog. We started our blogs approximately at the same moment. It will be interesting to compare our views and experiences, I think.

    Reply
  • 2. Jonny Johansen  |  August 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Hi, we just discover Archimate as a diagram in Enterprise Architecture. First we want to describe the relation between to applications (applications components), and use the The application Co-operation viewpoint as a guide)
    We want to express that application A transfer information to application B.
    Further we want a complete picture of all applications and the interfaces.

    Do you have any examples?

    Reply
  • 3. Aowss Ibrahim  |  October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I like your modesty and your honesty.

    I also like the idea behind your blog which is basically more about triggering discussions between architects than about exposing the right way to do things.

    Thanks

    Reply

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