Collaborative Enterprise Architecture Design and Development with a Semantic Collaboration Tool

Collaborative Enterprise Architecture Design and Development with a Semantic Collaboration Tool

Frank Fuchs-Kittowski (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering, Germany) and Daniel Faust (Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-466-0.ch018

Abstract

The design and evolution of an enterprise architecture (EA) is a challenging and complex task. A participative approach to collaborative EA management is needed to support the collaboration of all individuals involved in the process of EA design and evolution. This article presents our concept of a semantic collaboration tool for collaborative EA management. This includes the concept of a semantic, Wiki-like collaboration tool for collaborative EA management and an EA ontology as a formal representation of the EA. Additionally, the prototypical implementation of the semantic collaboration environment and its architecture are described and the benefits of the approach discussed.
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Ea Application Scenario

A large number of methods for EA management has been developed by academia and practitioners (e.g., Aziz, Obitz, Modi, & Sarkar, 2005, 2006; Bittler & Kreizmann, 2005; CIO Council, 2001; DoDAF, 2007; IFIP-IFAC, 1999; Open Group, 2003). These methods usually distinguish between the following EA management processes as a lifecycle model of the EA: (a) strategic architecture visioning and definition, (b) EA development, (c) EA use, and (d) EA maintenance (see Figure 1). Almost all of these methods pay little attention to specifying information-gathering procedures for EA model data in detail―especially during EA development and use (Jonkers et al., 2006).

Figure 1.

EA management processes (EA lifecycle)

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