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WIKIPEDIA: Enterprise architecture is a well-defined practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a holistic approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of strategy.

GARTNER: Enterprise architecture is the process of translating business vision and strategy into effective enterprise change by creating, communicating, and improving the key principles and models that describe the enterprise's future state and enable its evolution.

FORRESTER: Enterprise architecture consists of the vision, principles and standards that guide the purchase and deployment of technology within an enterprise.

THE OPEN GROUP: Enterprise architecture is a discipline that helps the enterprise define, develop and exploit the capabilities in order to achieve the enterprise’s strategic Intent. An ‘enterprise’ is any collection of organizations that has a common set of goals and/or a single bottom line.

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traditional enterprise architecture tools

Traditional Software Tools for Enterprise Architecture

EA Tools are essential for development, presentation and improvement of enterprise architecture strategies, we decided to present the traditional EA tools in this article, together with their biggest benefits and flaws. According to Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools report from 2015, these are the most well-established EA Software tools:

Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management
Enterprise architecture management is a great tool for describing complex IT system and development of standards in the enterprise. With Alfabet tool enterprise architects can easily analyze, direct and align the IT sector with the business and achieve successful transformation. The effects of business strategy on the budget, IT productivity and business architecture can be easily understood and managed with Enterprise Architecture Management. This tool also allows easy collaboration of the teams with their platform.

Avolution Abacus
Abacus is one of the most powerful tools for modeling and analyzing complex enterprises through people, processes, and technology. Abacus analyzes the costs, performance and reliability between various architectures in order to help enterprises to find the optimal roadmap before the investment. Built on modern Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) Abacus software allows completely distributed collaboration between any numbers of users with revolutionary approach implemented to enterprise architecture.

MEGA
MEGA offers products for increasing company's performance through the use of monitoring tools and business modeling. With advanced enterprise modeling techniques, visibility and proper understanding of business operations, IT infrastructure and risks associated with them are easier than ever. All tools distributed by MEGA use the same database, allowing them to be used separately or together, depending on the project requirements.

Troux
Troux provides a set of applications built on a highly scalable platform together with innovative modeling tools. This EA software tool delivers powerful modeling, collaboration and analytic management through a straightforward role-based interface. It has been designed to fit the existing enterprise processes and infrastructures, allowing it to be plugged in directly into any ERP, PPM, CMDB or other systems. Troux also offers TOGAF solution which allows enterprise architects to quickly develop and review models for scenario analysis by using The Open Group TOGAF 9.


NEW: EAComposer – the new kid on the block
Naturally, the existing landscape has its weaknesses. At the moment, well-established EA tools are:
- expensive and require significant upfront financial investments
- often difficult to use and require lengthy training
- in need of constant maintenance and upgrade efforts
- just adding more work for architects and doesn't really makes EA easier.

That's why the new kid on the block has been added to this article. EAComposer is a lightweight EA tool with full support for TOGAF ADM, advanced visual modeler, and automatic updates. Installation isn't required, enterprise architects can use it anywhere where they have Internet access. And the best part is - it doesn't require an upfront investment of any kind!

Conclusion
As the competition in the market for EA tools becomes stronger, we can expect more tools with innovative features which will take part in the Enterprise architecture evolution just like EAComposer.

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