Interest seems to be growing around a Dutch-developed enterprise architecture platform designed to foster communication between various enterprise domains that often rely on proprietary models and even languages.
The ArchiMate framework was developed by the Telematic Instituut, based in Enschede, The Netherlands, as a means to "describe and visualize" the interconnections between the unique sets of principles, methods and models that define, say, business processes or infrastructure. The goal is to provide a more stable environment in which changes and additions to the network can be made with a clearer idea of how they will affect the rest of the enterprise.
The group has developed an architectural language and visualization techniques allowing a greater transfer of information from one enterprise domain to another.
The institute claims more than 50 users, mostly in Europe, and is in the process of certifying third-party modeling, design and other tools.
One of the latest additions is the ARIS ArchiMate Modeler by IDS Scheer, which offers an environment for design and business analysis of various architecture configurations, and provides a tie-in to the company's ARIS Platform.
So far, the ArchiMate consortium looks to be rather small, and mostly concentrated around northern Europe. But any solution that offers improved communications between network elements deserves a look.