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Enterprise Architecture Blueprint / Conceptual Blueprint is the most popular diagram and helps to manage risks in complex business changes and programs.

What is an Enterprise Architecture Blueprint: How does it look like? What information is on an enterprise blueprint? Where is it used for? Let us define blueprints here on this page.

Enterprise Architecture Conceptual Blueprint

What is an Enterprise Architecture Blueprint Diagram?

An Enterprise Architecture Blueprint is: a diagram, schema or visualization of the architecture at conceptual, logical and physical level of an enterprise, showing concepts, their elements, the components that implement the elements and their interrelationships.

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This visualization was created with the Architecture Repository and Visual Designer

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Why Create Enterprise Blueprints? - The Added Value

Addressing Business Outcome Related Benefits

Creating an Enterprise Architecture Blueprint is only sensible if it has a number of direct benefits for the business. Four benefits of creating a blueprint have direct impact on certain business outcomes. These are:

Benefits*Business Outcomes*
Giving an overview of the enterprise layers, their building blocks and their interdependenciesIncrease the capability for the business to prioritize
Communicating the status of strategy & operations blocking or enabling building blocks in the organizationIncreasing Business Continuity, lowering the risk of interruption
Reporting where exactly the current situation is unknown (black holes) to management or where the situation is not compliant to standardsIncrease enterprise governance, compliancy and control
Reporting exactly data or information is not used optimally or even stored duplicateMaking more use of information as an asset
Aligning and connecting data of all your enterprise blueprints, landscapes, roadmaps, etc.Building and Managing your Digital Enterprise

*) Benefits - these are the direct positive results of creating and having a product like this.

*) Business Outcomes - these are the indirect positive results for the business of the organization because people make use of the created product.

Elaborating about the benefits

Below we elaborate about these benefits and business outcomes when creating dynamic Enterprise Blueprints:

  1. With an Enterprise Architecture Blueprint available you can communicate much easier where there is a certain issue or situation in the company. Changes, transformation and context can be communicated much more effectively. When you have an overview of things you can prioritize them better.
  2. Having a blueprint like this with the data in the database enables maintenance and consistency on this diagram.
  3. The Dragon1 Architecture View Layout template helps you structure and place strategy, architecture and business change information on an A0 size poster.
  4. The Dragon1 Enterprise metamodel (see reference models) helps you know what entity classes, entity types and entities are of interest to put on an enterprise architecture blueprint
  5. The Dragon1 Open Enterprise Architecture Framework, reference models, views and visualizations (diagrams) help you to look for certain entity classes and other information.
  6. On Dragon, you get tracking and traceability of connections, links and chains in your enterprise model.
  7. You can create an interactive / response map of your enterprise architecture blueprint with popups about the information on the items you click on or move over.
  8. In the Viewer people can compose their own viewpoints and filter views of a enterprise architecture blue print diagram you publish.

HOW TO Create a dynamic Enterprise Architecture Blueprint diagram?

Our starting point is we have a filled-in Dragon1 Enterprise Architecture Diagram Statement.

It then takes the following steps to create an Architecture Blueprint like the one above:

  1. Create a folder structure in the Architecture Repository.
  2. Enter or import entity classes, entity types and entities like the owner/client, stakeholders, architectures, enterprise structures, concepts, principles, processes, applications, requirements, etc...
  3. Define an enterprise meta-model (optionally based on a standard such as IEEE1471, TOGAF, etc..) and enterprise model.
  4. Relate entities, classes and types, thus creating the meta-model and model.
  5. Take care of a viewer definition, viewpoint definition and view definition.
  6. Take care of a visualization definition.
  7. Draw shapes on the visualization canvas in the Visual Designer. Draw 1 shape per type of entity and set up the draw pattern. This visualization canvas will be a template.
  8. Link the visualization to the view. If the view contains more than one occurrence per type of entity, the visualization uses the draw pattern to draw all the occurrences on the canvas.
  9. Link the view to the viewpoint. In the viewpoint define the entities, attributes and relationships that are of interest for certain types of viewers (stakeholders).
  10. Link the view to the model (the viewpoint is linked indirectly to the model).
  11. Link the model to the structure, object, subject, system or other entity it is a model of.
  12. In the Visual Designer you can view the dynamic diagram of the Blueprint.

Key Benefits of Creating Enterprise Architecture Blueprints

  1. Speed up Results You can have your version of the architecture blueprint after days by only updating the example.
  2. Dynamic Visualizations If you change model data, the visualization template is automatically updated.
  3. Repository Collaboration You can be productive as a team working together on an enterprise architecture blueprint.
  4. Increase Efficiency of people and groups by deduplication of work and reuse of information.
  5. Work Anytime, anyplace, anywhere on any device.

Also Read

  1. Terms > Architecture Diagram Definition
  2. Read all about how to use Enterprise Architecture as Strategy for creating blueprints for the organization
  3. Terms > Enterprise Architecture Definition
  4. Solutions > Digital Transformation
  5. Visualizations > Enterprise Architecture Blueprint Diagram
  6. Templates > Enterprise Architecture Blueprint Diagram
  7. Visualizations > Enterprise Transformation Roadmap
  8. Software > Dragon1 as EA Tool
  9. Interesting links about the enterprise architecture of the Government of Australia and about Blueprint on Wikipedia

Getting Started

Do you want to start immediately? You can purchase your Dragon1 PRO user license here online via the Store.

If you do not have the time and you need an Enterprise Architecture Blueprint on short notice, we have a Blueprinting service for you.