Gartner Release Enterprise Architecture MQ 2009 – Findings

Earlier in the year I posted about how EA and BPM are merging in both the practioner and tools space. This was also highlighted by evidence  from reports by Gartner and Forrester.

Gartner has released their latest analysis of the Enterprise Architecture vendor market.

Their overall assessment is favourable and in summary states the following:

  • EA tools adoption has increased despite economic challenges
  • Tools vendors have increased the richness of the features and functionality of their tools sets
  • Merger and aquisition activity (Software AG buying IDS Scheer) has provided momentum for 2009/2010.
  • Most tools seem to be more well rounded and now include, modelling, business intelligence and analysis capabilities that use a single data repository.
  • Open source and entry level tools have emerged and are seen to be gaining acceptance and interest but it is too early to tell what type of adoption there will be by a wider audience.
  • There is recognition in the market that entry level and no cost offerings can pose a longer term threat to vendors. This is as a result of vendors not listening to customers and not not aligning themselves with customer needs and their associated adoption of a fit for purpose EA tool.

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New IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF) – Assessment Tool Released

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at the National University of Ireland (NUI) has launched the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF)

industrial_frameworkIt is said to provide a concise management roadmap to optimize business value derived from IT investments. This framework is postioned as a tool that can be used to deliver greater business value from IT while reducing the complexity of IT choices for CIOs.


According to IVI, the IT-CMF provides a management roadmap to optimize business value derived from IT investments. IT-CMF provides an integrated roadmap that:

  • Leverages the power of existing best practices
  • Open Innovation: is being developed by a diverse consortium of academic and business leaders
  • Is being tested in the real world at every stage of development
  • An actionable approach that helps IT design, deliver and manage for business value

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Comparison of Zachman, TOGAF and PeaF – Survey Results

I am continually faced with Organisational and IT related complexity of customers I work with on a daily basis.

As most readers would know, the fundamental purpose of an EA Framework (and associated method(s)) is to manage complexity through visibility, abstraction and governanace and therefore it is important that the framework and method are not overly complex.  

Following up on from a previous post about the new Pragmatic Enterprise Aritecture Framework (PeaF), I thought that interested readers would find the survey results comparing Togaf v9, Zachman and PeaF enlightening.

The founders of PeaF have published the results of how TOGAF v9, Zachman and PeaF compare and the highlevel results are reflected in the graph below.  The data does not say how many contributors were surveyed or what their demographics were but according to the published results on the website, PeaF is smaller and less complex, whilst being easier to use and covering more of the scope of EA.



Underpinning these results is a data table (shown below).

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What is Enterprise Architecture? – An EA Quick Start Presentation

As a quick intro for people not familiar with Enterprise Architecture, have a look at this 60 second presentation that explains some of the highlevel concepts.

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The Open Group TOGAF 9 makes its debut

The Open Group released TOGAF 9 earlier this month. All the details are available on the Open Group website for those who are interested. This post briefly shares the highlights and differences but is not a complete indepth analysis.

Version 9  builds on Version 8.1.1 with quite a bit that is new and is a significant milestone for TOGAF. It now comprises seven parts:

  • Introduction
  • Architecture development method (ADM)
  • ADM guidelines and techniques   New!
  • Architecture content framework    New!
  • Architectural reference models  
  • Architectural capability framework    New!


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Metastorm release new Blog

Metatstorm have recently released their new blog .

It is  targeted at a rapidly growing online community of IT professionals, journalists, industry analysts, and other constituents interested in following Metastorm and related BPM and EA trends on a global basis.

Metastorm is, a leading provider of Business Process Management (BPM), Business Process Analysis (BPA), and Enterprise Architecture (EA) software for aligning strategy with execution, today announced the unveiling of a new blog site – “Because Process Matters.” Metastorm will use the blog site to post relevant company and solution news, provide viewpoints on industry trends, and host multimedia content highlighting customer successes, partner solutions, events, and product releases.

The blog adds to Metastorm’s existing social media and web communications channels including its iTunes and YouTube channels, onDemand webcasts, and e-magazine.

I look forward to seeing more free resources, thought leadership and some really interesting developments from them in future.

Are we there yet..EA and BPMS convergence? – Forrester Wave:BPA and EA Report Q1 2009 Released

For those of you are not always following the analysts and vendors so closely to stay up to date on new reports, I thought I would share with you the new Forrester WaveTM: Business Process Analysis, EA Tools, And IT Planning, Q1 2009 report.

In this second release of Forrester’s assessment of enterprise architecture and business process analysis (BPA) tools, Forrester assessed nine leading vendors in a 93-criteria evaluation. We found that IDS Scheer, Casewise, MEGA, Metastorm, and Troux Technologies lead the pack for general EA tool usage. For the more specific IT planning usage category, these Leaders are joined by the most powerful vendor in this specific category: alfabet. The Leaders are followed by IBM, a Strong Performer in all three categories; iGrafx, a Strong Performer in the business process analysis category and the general EA category; and Sybase, a Contender in all three categories. 

Source: Forrester Wave Report, Executive Summary 

One aspect of the report that struck me was that their seems to be a very mixed set of vendors with similar functionality (Enterprise asset modelling , BI, repositories, integration meta models etc.) but many very different/diverse areas of focus and associated value for adoption by the business and IT. There does not seem to be any major suprises/changes in the terms of the vendors postions listed in the report but this left me wondering:

  • I recognise that not all BPA/EA tools are created equal, but where are all the other EA vendors in this area and what type of adoption do they have e.g. Qualiware, Promis, Sparx Systems, Orbussoftware etc. not to mention any of the Open Source (OSS) tools e.g. iteraplan, ADONIS, Prote’ge’?

  • How long before BPA vendors such as IDS Scheer, Casewise etc. start extending their BPA capabilities into areas that have traditionally been the sole domain of EA modelling , repository and BPMS tools? Since the  Proforma acquisition, Metastom have an end to end BPA/EA/BPMS capability that should put them in a very good position in my opinion.

  • Will this toolset convergence (if any) be seen as the next evolution in the convergence of SOA, BPM, EA and by extension what value will be delivered to organisations?

  • Will this convergence (if any) be too big a leap for organisations to adopt, given that many are finding the individual adoption of EA, BPM and SOA initiatives challenging?

I would be interested to hear your thoughts…

A copy of the Forrester report can be downloaded here or from many of the vendors sites listed in the report.

A copy of the Gartner BPMS Magic Quadrant 2007 can be found here.

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