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ModelGlue - Federated Enterprise Architecture Model Management

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Motivation

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?

Goals

  • 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

Videos

Introduction to Federated EA Model Management and ModelGlue:

Model Differencing:

Model Merging:

Conflict Resolution:

Demonstration of the Abstraction Gap Resolver:

Publications

[Al15]

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. 

[Ro13d]

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).

[Fa13]      

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.

[Ha12a]

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.

[Ha12b]  

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.

[Ha13a]

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.

[Ro13a]

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.

[Ro13b]

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. 

[Bu10v]

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.