EA Software Tool for the CIO

All you need to know as CIO about a software tool for Enterprise Architecture

This page explains high-level to CIOs what is an EA Tool or EA Software Tool in general and what its common benefits and basic features are.

Reducing the time spent on controlling IT complexity is one of the CIOs' objectives. Supporting how technology can be best aligned with the execution of strategic business plans is one of his challenges.

More and more Enterprise Architecture is becoming a strategic instrument in organizations for managing risks and controlling programs of change. With this also specialized software is more and more used to be able to practice Enterprise Architecture at a more mature level than just working with PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

EA Software Tool, the most significant software tool in the workplace

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Enterprise Architecture Tool or EA Software Tool is a fairly new type of tool in our workplace. The first generation appeared on the business market around 2000. EA Tools started as pimped UML modelling tools and some still are.

A lot of EA Software Tools then focused on supporting the creation of formal diagrams of process models, software application models, and IT network models that fitted the Zachman Framework.

Solution Design

One could argue that currently the third generation of EA Tools is around: entering the visual age, supporting the creation of user-defined models and visualizations. The best EA Tools nowadays are like a toolbox or toolkit: containing all different types of applications for administering, modeling, visualizing, and publishing architecture products.

Enterprise Transformation

With an EA Software Tool managers, architects, and chiefs can do things like enterprise and solution design, solution creation, enterprise architecture and enterprise governance.

With business models, process models, data models, application models, and IT models created with EA Tools, impacts of change or risky undertakings can be identified and dealt with very efficiently in projects and programs.

Enterprise Governance

With real EA Tools people can create blueprints, design sketches, artist impressions, and infographics of business and IT concepts and solutions. Everything that is needed for enterprise governance.

There are commercial EA Tools like our own Dragon1 but also open-source tools like Archi that can be downloaded for free. Free EA Tools often offer less service, support, benefits, and features than commercial tools.

Solution Design with an EA Tool

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In our opinion with an EA Tool one should be able to do solution design. But in a very visual way, for example, creating an application landscape or process landscape at A0-sized of the AS-IS situation and future state.

Our own Dragon1 EA Tool focuses on visualisation and reporting rather than just modeling. In a second you can draw the most beautiful and convincing visualization of a solution concept answering all the needs and requirements of stakeholders.

Next to Solution Design with EA Tools people must be able to do Enterprise Design of several generic structures such as the enterprise's governance, enterprise business, human capital, information facilities, IT Infrastructure, and information security.

For this every EA Tool needs a basic set of entities and shapes for market, client, product, process, service, contract, organizational- unit, capability, application, database, interface, network, computer, etc..

EA Tools as Instrument for Enterprise Transformation

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The enterprise architecture product one creates with an EA Tool is valuable for every project as a guiding framework.

With an EA Tool, people must be able to design scenarios and stable migration plateaus. This makes risk management and control easier to do when changing the enterprise fundamentally at a strategic level.

Enterprise Governance using an EA Tool

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With EA Tools people can do Enterprise Governance: strategic planning, supervision/control, accountability/justification, evaluation/feedback, and adjusting plans/change. All this can be done with true EA Tools.

Dragon1 supports the user in Business Intelligence Information, Management Information, Dashboards, and Management Report Views. Everything you need for Enterprise Governance.

Enterprise Architecture in the Boardroom using Dragon1

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Here is an article on the usage of Enterprise Architecture in the Boardroom: Enterprise Architecture in the Boardroom
Read how to use Dragon1 in the boardroom successfully.

More Information on EA Tool

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Here are some nice links on what is an EA Tool:

Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant here on this blog for a comparison of well-known tools Criteria for EA Tool Selection - a basic selection guide

Which EA Tools? - Blog of Tom Graves: https://weblog.tetradian.com

Do an EA Tool Selection

If you are planning to select an EA Tool, be sure to read the following pages:

Architecting Solutions

DEMO: Concept Mapping Software

How to generate diagrams using Excel on Dragon1 EA Tool

Learn to generate diagrams using repositories
DEMO: BPMN Onboarding Process Example

DEMO: BPMN Onboarding Process Diagram - Measure Rules Compliance

Manufacturing, Financial Solutions
DEMO: Enterprise Architecture Blueprint Template

DEMO: Generate an Enterprise Architecture Blueprint to discover and solve RISK

Banking, Logistics, Healthcare
DEMO: Process Application Map

DEMO: Generate Process Application Landscape for RPA

Government, Logistics, Banking
DEMO: Strategy Map Template

DEMO: Generate Strategy Map for CLOUD ADOPTION

Automotive, Financial Services, Health Care
DEMO: Data Mapping Software

DEMO: Generate Application Portfolio Diagram

Retail, Agriculture, Energy, Oil & Gas