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ModelGlue - Federated Enterprise Architecture Model Management

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Our empirical results show a lack of tool support for Enterprise Architecture (EA) Model Maintenance. Conceptual foundations and use cases build the groundwork for the design of Federated EA Model
Management embracing a system and process design that facilitates the continuous integration of different (partial) models into one coherent EA model. Collaborative conflict resolution is facilitated by a metamodel,
model differencing and merge algorithms, conflict resolution strategies, and interactive visualizations. We report on insights of industry applications of a prototypical implementation.

Research Questions

  • What is the status quo of EA documentation processes in organizations? 

  • Which productive systems contain relevant EA information?

  • What data quality, w.r.t. actuality, completeness, correctness and correct granularity, can be expected from these systems?

  • What are typical integration problems for the information sources found?


  • Develop methods to (automatically) raise the level of abstraction of collected structured information to be useful in an EA model

  • Research of information demands based on the type of EA endeavor

  • Establish a cost-benefit analysis model for the implementation of automated EA information collection


Introduction to Federated EA Model Management and ModelGlue:

Model Differencing:

Model Merging:

Conflict Resolution:

Demonstration of the Abstraction Gap Resolver:



Aleatrati, P.; Roth, S.; Hauder, M.; Matthes, F.; Aier, S.; Winter, R.: Success Factors for Federated Enterprise Architecture Model Management. 10th Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research Workshop (TEAR), Stockholm, Sweden, 2015. 


Roth, S., Hauder, M., Zec, M., Utz, A., Matthes, F.: Empowering Business Users to Analyze Enterprise Architectures:
Structural Model Matching to Configure Visualizations, 7th Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR 2013), Vancouver, Canada, 2013 (to appear).


Farwick, M., Hauder, M., Roth, S., Matthes, F., Breu, R.: Enterprise Architecture Documentation: Empirical Analysis of Information Sources for Automation - In the46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 46), Maui, Hawaii, 2013.


Hauder, M., Matthes, F., Roth, S., Schulz, C.: Generating dynamic cross-organizational process visualizations through abstract view model pattern matching, Architecture Modeling for Future Internet enabled Enterprise (AMFInE 2012), Valencia, Spain, 2012.


Hauder, M., Matthes, F., Roth, S.: Challenges for Automated Enterprise Architecture Documentation - In the 7th Workshop on Trends in Enterprise  Architecture Research (TEAR 2012), Barcelona, Spain, 2012.


Hauder, M., Roth, S., Schulz, C., Matthes, F.: An Examination of Organizational Factors Influencing Enterprise Architecture Management Challenges, 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Utrecht, Netherland, 2013.


Roth, S; Hauder, M., Farwick, M., Matthes, F., Breu, R.: Enterprise Architecture Documentation: Current Practices and Future Directions, 11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI), Leipzig, Germany, 2013.


Roth, S., Hauder, M., Münch, D., Michel, F., Matthes, F.: Facilitating Conflict Resolution of Models for Automated Enterprise Architecture Documentation, 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2013), Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2013. 


Buckl, S.; Matthes, F.; Roth, S.; Schulz, C.; Schweda, C.M.: A Conceptual Framework for Enterprise Architecture Design. In: Proper, E. et al. (editors), Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research - 5th International Workshop, TEAR 2010, Delft, Springer, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), Vol. 70, p. 44-56, 2010.