Mature digital companies already invested in Enterprise Architecture tooling, like LeanIX. EA tool is then used to describe the current landscape but also to study asset-based target transformation scenarios. The scenario track changes continuously and could be updated by all involved stakeholders (see this article I wrote for more information).

Enterprise Architecture tools are morphing into digital transformation cockpits, where : Business strategy, business architecture (bus. process, bus. capabilities), software and technical architecture, data architecture are described and more importantly, related each other’s. …

I discovered EA Composer in Gartner reports, and decided to give it a try.

EA Composer was created in 2006 by an independent software company, named WhiteCloud Software, and based in Vancouver. This company is a pure-player for EA tools and EA Composer is their only software product

This study is based on EA composer version 6.3.2 available through a one-month standard trial.

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Once logged on EA Composer you can easily understand what is this tool about.

You can see each element of the information model supported, which is represented by a yellow square, an icon and a name.


Ardoq was founded in 2013 in Oslo, Norway. The company was built by Magnulf Pilskog (Co-Founder and Board Member) and Erik Bakstad (CEO and Co-Founder).

Ardoq was created to :

  • Offer ready to use and fully customizable information model (named “Metamodel” in the rest of this article)
  • Offer a simple way to import data through excel, that was greatly improved over time (more here)
  • Facilitate data crowdsourcing, though a great user experience, but also through surveys, intended to make data collection via excel obsolete
  • Provides off-the-shelf “views”, that can be organized in stories
  • Enable easy and powerful impact and dependency…

The new Gartner Voice of the customer concerning Enterprise Architecture tool was released in May 12.

The “Voice of the Customer” is a document that synthesizes Gartner Peer Insights’ reviews into insights for IT decision makers. This aggregated peer perspective, along with the individual detailed reviews, is complementary to Gartner expert research and can play a key role in your buying process, as it focuses on direct peer experiences of implementing and operating a solution.

Only vendors with 20 or more eligible published reviews during the specified 18-month submission period are included. …

It was a long time since an enterprise architecture book really attract my attention and makes me come back to it often when doing my architect job.

I take advantage of the released of the 2nd edition of “The Practice of Enterprise Architecture: A Modern Approach to Business and IT Alignment”, by Svyatoslav Kotusev, to write this short post.

Kotusev is looking at enterprise architecture (EA) with a researcher view and provides an interesting outside-in vision of our current practices. Its core message is that in order to be able to describe the EA, you should think artifacts.

Enterprise architecture…

One of the key need for Enterprise Architect is to be able to describe the current Information System, to define scenario for the target with impacts analysis and to select and execute one scenario at the end to (create the target and modify automatically the landscape).

Until recently few tools were able to provide an effective and easy to use solution. LeanIX is one of them, and this blog post will explore what is offered.


LeanIX Enterprise Architecture Solution (EAS) supports many common Enterprise Architecture use cases with built-in functionality proposed in three modules:

  1. Application Portfolio Mgt.
  2. Technology Risk Mgt.

My previous article did generate some interest around Smarchy. So, this article will provide a short example of how to use their tool and the benefits it can provide.

  1. Data: Convert Excel file to CSV file

Some elements you have to know in Smarchy to work properly:

  • Make sure header of a column you want to use as a property can’t have whitespaces
  • Remove new lines within a cell (when converted to CSV, this messes up the CSV)

Then File > Save as > CSV-file

2. Create a new source in Smarchy for ‘myApp’

Go to New Source > Advanced…

The rebirth of the enterprise architecture function lead to the resurgence of a need for tooling. Looking at the latest Gartner MQ and Forrester Wave, we can see that it is still a very dynamic market.

Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools, December 14 2020

Not updated from a long time, my Enterprise Architecture digital codex web site is still popular.

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