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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Enterprise Architecture Free Tools

Good news

Discussing with from Forrester analyst Henry Peyret about EA tool evolution, I discovered three "free" EA tools.
  1. Essential: Interesting tool since based on an ontology open source product (protege) and a web server. Very easy to customize;
  2. Iteraplan: Again, a tool mainly based on data and links with some capability to generate export in form of graphical export;
  3. Promis is not yet available but should in the coming months.
The open source products are mainly around managing the right metadata and ensuring the data quality. Clearly they do not invest heavily on the GUI. Data are not entered by drawing. There are more based on IT planning and portfolio Mgt than in offering a free drawing tool.

You should anyway test them.

3 comments:

  1. Which one do you recommend? Do they get any close to the comercial alternatives?

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  2. Well it depends on your current needs and knowledge.

    Anyway, those tools are good for a V1 or a Proof of concept to make company adhere to the concept. It can also help you build your metamodel easily.

    I like the ontology based tool, since backed-up by standard tools on the market, and not very difficult to use and customize.

    I need to build a solid example ... Mais be for doing PCI compliance tool.

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  3. Since your evaluation iteraplan has progressed with a new interface and many improvements in the graphical reporting, offering now SVG, Visio, PDF and JPG.
    We are currently finalizing 2.6 with a preview to gather more input/feedback. Please check it out at http://www.iteraplan.de/iteraplan26_preview/

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