Open Platform 3.0™ Snapshot – Definitions


For the purposes of this standard, the following terms and definitions apply. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary should be referenced for terms not defined in this section. (Note that model elements are defined in Chapter 6.)


An ability that an organization, person, or system possesses. [TOGAF]


A re-interpretable representation of information in a formalized manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing. [ISO/IEC 2382]

Data can be processed by humans or by automatic means.

Data Analytics

The method of logical analysis applied to data.

Note:  Merriam-Webster defines analytics as “the method of logical analysis”.

Analytics facilitates realization of business objectives through reporting of data to analyze trends, creating predictive models for forecasting, and optimizing business processes for enhanced performance. [DURSUN DELEN]

Data Element

  1. A unit of data that is considered in context to be indivisible. [ISO/IEC 2382]
  2. A unit of data for which the definition, identification, representation, and permissible values are specified by means of a set of attributes. [ISO/IEC 11179]

Data Element Concept

A concept that can be represented in the form of a data element, described independently of any particular representation. [ISO/IEC 11179]


A network of participating entities, each of which plays one or more roles to achieve targeted objectives.

Ecosystem participants are not necessarily aware of all other entities in the ecosystem but will in general affect or be affected by them. An ecosystem is subject to the effects of both internal and external factors.


A collection of organizations that has a common set of goals. [TOGAF]

For example, an enterprise could be a government agency, a whole corporation, a division of a corporation, a single department, or a chain of geographically distant organizations linked together by common ownership.

Enterprise Ecosystem

An ecosystem maintained by an enterprise, whose participating entities are within or associated with the enterprise, that effectively manages product and service lifecycles, and supports a seamless integration between technical capabilities and business opportunities to meet business needs.


The assignment of a name by which an entity can be referenced. The entity may be high level (such as a user) or low level (such as a process or communication channel). [XDSF]


  1. The ability to share information and services.
  2. The ability of two or more systems or components to exchange and use information.
  3. The ability of systems to provide and receive services from other systems and to use the services so interchanged to enable them to operate effectively together. [TOGAF]


A combination of technology infrastructure products and components that provides the prerequisites to host application software. [TOGAF]

Platform Service

A technical capability required to provide enabling infrastructure that supports the delivery of applications. [TOGAF]


An entity whose identity can be authenticated (see ISO/IEC 10181-2:1996). [XDSF]

Real Time Response

A response to an event with very low latency; usually within seconds of the event occurrence.