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The ArchiMate® Specification, an Open Group Standard, is an open and independent modeling language for Enterprise Architecture that is supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. The ArchiMate Specification provides instruments to enable Enterprise Architects to describe, analyze, and visualize the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way. (Download a copy of the ArchiMate 3.0 Specification)
Just as an architectural drawing in classical building architecture describes the various aspects of the construction and use of a building, the ArchiMate Specification defines a common language for describing the construction and operation of business processes, organizational structures, information flows, IT systems, and technical infrastructure. This insight helps stakeholders to design, assess, and communicate the consequences of decisions and changes within and between these business domains.
Developed by The Open Group ArchiMate Forum, the ArchiMate® 3.0 Specification was released in June 2016, and is a major update to the ArchiMate 2.1 Specification. New features included in Version 3.0 include elements for modeling the enterprise at a strategic level, such as capability, resource, and outcome. It also includes support to model the physical world of materials and equipment. Furthermore, the consistency and structure of the language have been improved, definitions have been aligned with other standards, and its usability has been enhanced in various other ways.
The new version of the language has been created to respond to a number of requirements:
The Open Group ArchiMate Forum enables member organizations to contribute to the evolution of the ArchiMate language.
Joining the ArchiMate Forum enables you to actively support the use, dissemination, and further development of the ArchiMate Specification. The ArchiMate Forum is open to all Open Group member organizations that apply Enterprise Architecture in practice, or support its use and development. More about the ArchiMate Forum.
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The Open Group has released the ArchiMate Model Exchange File Format standard – a standard file format for the exchange of ArchiMate models between different tools.
The standard can be obtained from The Open Group online bookstore here. (You will be required to register for a free web ID if you do not already have one.)
The deliverables included with this standard are as follows:
A plugin has also been released for the open source Archi tool.
An FAQ with further information is available at: www.opengroup.org/subjectareas/enterprise/archimate/model-exchange-file-format.
The TOGAF® Framework and ArchiMate® Modeling Language Harmonization project has published four White Papers: