Tool Capability in Visual EAM Analytics

Dierk Jugel, Christian M. Schweda, Alfred Zimmermann, Sandra Läufer

Abstract


Enterprise Architectures (EA) consist of a multitude of architecture elements, which relate in manifold ways to each other. As the change of a single element hence impacts various other elements, mechanisms for architecture analysis are important to stakeholders. The high number of relationships aggravates architecture analysis and makes it a complex yet important task. In practice EAs are often analyzed using visualizations. This article contributes to the field of visual analytics in enterprise architecture management (EAM) by reviewing how state-of-the-art software platforms in EAM support stakeholders with respect to providing and visualizing the “right” information for decision-making tasks. We investigate the collaborative decision-making process in an experiment with master students using professional EAM tools by developing a research study. We evaluate the students’ findings by comparing them with the experience of an enterprise architect.

Keywords:

Enterprise architecture management, visual analytics, decision-making process, collaboration

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DOI: 10.7250/csimq.2015-2.04

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