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    It's easy to search within the solution. The TOGAF ADM model is most valuable. It is also very cheap as compared to other options in the market.
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    Its view into resource capacity and availability helps us to manage work. In reporting, we use this facility to help with resource capacity and availability. It also helps to see how much we are using. We derive that information from the work and resource management screen. That is very helpful.
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  4. The logical model gives developers, as well as the data modelers, an understanding of exactly how each object interacts with the others, whether a one-to-many, many-to-many, many-to-one, etc.
  5. I like the connectivity or the lineage between the models and usability.It's a great tool for documentation.
  6. I really liked that it mapped out processes and was able to attach the data model to the appropriate process. You could map out the process, then when you got down to a specific couple of data elements, you could attach the table in the database that supported that process. You could connect it with erwin Data Modeler for that.
  7. The ease of modeling and the ease of showing interconnectivity and relationships is the most valuable. It is fairly simple and out of the box. It is customizable in many ways. It is a pretty good tool.
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  9. This is a complete package with all of the functionality that we need.Every module sets up the same information in a unique repository.
  10. Among the most valuable features are the easy-to-use interface and the ability to get quick results... Many tools that I have seen are great for technical people and for giving technical and business information as well, but they're not as friendly and easy as LeanIX... It works well for both technical and business users. It provides a good combination, enabling you to quickly put valuable information in for both technical and non-technical people and derive results.

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Mark McGregor
I have been doing some research on new free/low-cost EA Modelling Tooling. Examples would include Axellience, Value Blue, Archi etc. Has anyone had any experience or views on these newer/simpler/lower-cost cloud-based tools? What has your experience been?
author avatarPetr Klučka
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 + Lucidchart - Accomplish more by collaborating in real time. Accelerate understanding and drive innovation with powerful diagramming (archimate),  whiteboarding, and data visualization.



+ Visual Paradigm on-line - Create a variety of technical and business diagrams faster, better and affordable. 100+ diagram types. Profi tool !

author avatarMichaelSukachev
Real User

Recently we implemented LeanIX. It's an inventory and modelling EA tool with some predefined artifacts and ability to create your own diagrams. With the correct pricing option might be not that expensive, but not comparable with just digraming tool like lucid charts (btw, LeanIX can integrate with Lucidcharts) .


Another one might be Sparx EA Cloud offering.

author avatarMichaelSukachev
Real User

@Mark McGregor, you're right, Sparx offers cloud supplement to the desktop version only - for some reason I thought that they already have a native cloud solution. 
From price/features prospective Lucidcharts looks pretty attractive. Both Lucidchart and Visual Paradigm can create good visual content and pricing is comparable too - Lucidcharts looks to have more available integrations though.  

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What is Architecture Management?

The concept of architecture in IT can be subjective, despite its importance. Using the analogy of physical buildings, IT architecture sets out a blueprint, so to speak, that defines the structure of an organization’s data and IT assets. The architect’s goal is to help an organization achieve objectives, both current and future, using information technology.

Architecture management software is designed to enable architects visualize and analyze architectural solutions. They are also used for communicating architecture and business process analysis amongst diverse stakeholders. Architecture management solutions are more than just drawing tools, however. They usually make it possible to model, design, simulate, prototype, build, test, manage and trace an architectural solution from vision to completion. They map to applications, processes and data.

Architecture management software tools, according to IT Central Station members, should help keep the notoriously complicated and jargon-laden discipline as simple to manage as possible. Members warn potential buyers to make sure they understand how each vendor defines specific terms. Meanings and usage of the same term can vary across product lines and architectural communities. As part of this, the tools should supports a variety of meta-frameworks, such Zachman and Togaf 9 as well as application portfolio scoring models. Architecture management packages need to give an overview along with the ability to drill down from a bird’s eye view to the little details, and back. Traceability matters as well, because architects have to be on top of the evolving architectural plan.

Technical factors are as critical as conceptual ones. The performance of the process is an essential metric. With data modeling being important to architecture, the best architecture management products allow model objects stored to a database for analytical purposes. In this vein, native RDMBS support is also recommended.

Flexibility in technical implantation is also required. The tools have to support current and business models while allowing for future changes. Solutions have to be able to flex to support changes. That said, one major recommendation is to tie tooling to maturity – avoid buying a tool that the architecture team cannot handle at its current maturity state. 

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