Enterprise Architecture at Work: Modelling, Communication and Analysis, Edition 2

Springer Science & Business Media
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An enterprise architecture tries to describe and control an organisation’s structure, processes, applications, systems and techniques in an integrated way. The unambiguous specification and description of components and their relationships in such an architecture requires a coherent architecture modelling language.

Lankhorst and his co-authors present such an enterprise modelling language that captures the complexity of architectural domains and their relations and allows the construction of integrated enterprise architecture models. They provide architects with concrete instruments that improve their architectural practice. As this is not enough, they additionally present techniques and heuristics for communicating with all relevant stakeholders about these architectures. Since an architecture model is useful not only for providing insight into the current or future situation but can also be used to evaluate the transition from ‘as-is’ to ‘to-be’, the authors also describe analysis methods for assessing both the qualitative impact of changes to an architecture and the quantitative aspects of architectures, such as performance and cost issues.

The modelling language presented has been proven in practice in many real-life case studies and has been adopted by The Open Group as an international standard. So this book is an ideal companion for enterprise IT or business architects in industry as well as for computer or management science students studying the field of enterprise architecture.

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About the author

Marc Lankhorst is a senior member of scientific staff at Novay (www.novay.nl) where he leads its Service Architectures expertise group. He has managed the ArchiMate project, a co-operation between several partners from industry and academia, concerned with modelling, visualisation and analysis of enterprise architectures, of which this book is a result. Furthermore, he teaches several courses on architecture at universities and other institutes.

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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Jul 15, 2009
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9783642013102
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Business Mathematics
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Information Management
Computers / Computer Science
Computers / Data Processing
Computers / Information Technology
Computers / Online Services
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / General
Computers / System Administration / Storage & Retrieval
Political Science / Public Affairs & Administration
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