ArchiMate Modeling Language

About the Modeling Language ArchiMate

When you want to communicate architecture across domains you can use the ArchiMate modeling language for this.

On this page, you can read how you can use the Dragon1 platform for the design, visualization, communication, management and realization of architecture diagrams with the ArchiMate modeling language.

ArchiMate, an Independent Open Architecture Modeling Language Developed by The Open Group

ArchiMate is an independent modeling language or standard in the field of enterprise architecture. There are different versions of ArchiMate: ArchiMate 1.0 and ArchiMate 2.0. But also ArchiMate 2.1. The definitions of terms between these versions vary, so be sure what version you are using in the organization.

On Dragon1, there are many ArchiMate examples you can use and Architecture Viewpoints you can edit to fit your situation. We have also have a Tutorial available on Dragon1. A step by step approach learning you how to create interactive effective ArchiMate Models.

You can do ArchiMate Certification. For that, we refer to the accredited training organization by The Open Group. Our Resource Center on Dragon1 is so extended, that you can almost view it as ArchiMate Wiki. If you are using TOGAF in the organization you can integrate ArchiMate in it. By doing this, you have a complete architectural approach. Here is an ArchiMate 2 Introduction [PDF]

The ArchiMate Meta Model

The base of ArchiMate is a meta-model with only core elements that are related.

archimate metamodel

In ArchiMate, they chose not to incorporate all possible elements, but only to include what they thought is most essential. This means ArchiMate is not a complete language that can be used to document your complete architecture. For that, you will always need to extend it with elements you find important.

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