Category Archives: Discussing ArchiMate

Posts discussing ArchiMate’s model/grammar.

What is wrong with this #ArchiMate picture?

A short one today. I have a view taken from a certain book. The view contains an error, can you spot it? And when you have spotted it, go to the ArchiMate 2.1 Specification and can you tell me what … Continue reading

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Reusable Infrastructure Modelling Patterns

A while back, I wrote the post Modelling Homogenous Landscapes in #ArchiMate (Classes and Instances), which was a first post on modelling detailed infrastructure landscapes. Assuming you’re with me that a modelling language is very useful for large complex situations, but doesn’t … Continue reading

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Used-By Redux

The direction of arrow of the Used-By relation is a constant source of entertainment and/or frustration, see for instance this (started by Sol Kahn, 37 comments) and this LinkedIn discussion (started by Michiel Perdeck, 40 comments). As the latter discussion shows, … Continue reading

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The #ArchiMate Wish List: Group

Did you ever wonder what a strange beast the Grouping Relation in the ArchiMate zoo of elements and relations is? According to the standard it is a ‘relation’. It is, however, one of the weirdest elements of ArchiMate. Officially it … Continue reading

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ArchiMate doesn’t make communication to management easier

Architects generally wrestle with the problem of communicating their complex world of dependencies to stakeholders. Those that created the ArchiMate language hoped that making a better language would enable clearer communication. While ArchiMate does enable more precise communication than your average … Continue reading

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Modelling Self-Service in #ArchiMate

I wrote a post on Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture about ways to look at self-service from an architectural perspective: “I, Robot” – there is no such thing as ‘Customer Self-Service’.  In it, I argue that saying that … Continue reading

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Database Triggers in #ArchiMate — And a Wish

Recently, in a discussion in the ArchiMate LinkedIn Group, Tarun Godhwani started a discussion on modelling the triggers and tables of a database. Of course, one can wonder if it is useful to model these, but in case they are, the … Continue reading

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