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Enterprise Architecture Management Tool Survey 2008 (EAMTS 2008)

Last modified Jan 21, 2016


This survery evaluates the products of major players in the market of enterprise architecture management tools. The survey report is meant to provide an overview of enterprise architecture management tools and decision support to potential buyers of such tools.

An overview of all EAM Tools that is regularly maintained can be found under the following link

Main Sponsors

  • Allianz Group IT
  • sd&m - software design & management
  • Siemens IT Solutions and Services


  • act! consulting
  • Detecon
  • Münchener Rück
  • o2 Germany
  • SYRACOM | The Business and IT Architects


BMW Group, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte, Deutsche Bahn IT-Strategie, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, EWE, FIDUCIA IT, Fraport, HSH Nordbank, HVB Information Services, Kuehne + Nagel, LVM Versicherungen, Nokia Siemens Networks, Postbank, Procter & Gamble, Schufa, SEB Bank, TeamBank, TUI, Wacker Chemie, ZF Friedrichshafen, Zollner Elektronik


The analyzed tools are: adaptive EAM (adaptive, Inc.), planningIT (alfabet AG), ADOit (BOC GmbH), EA/Studio (Embarcadero), ARIS IT Architect (IDS Scheer AG), MEGA Modeling Suite 2007 (MEGA International SA), Metastorm ProVision (Metastorm), System Architect (Telelogic AB), Troux 7 (Troux Technologies, Inc.)


The number of information systems supporting various business processes and the geographical and organizational distribution of these systems together with their interdependencies have lead to complex structures in today's companies. Enterprise architecture management is coping with these complex structures and is concerned with the alignment of business and IT. Enterprise architecture management therefore not only deals with the information technology, but also with business processes, organizational structures, strategies, projects, etc.

To manage, plan, and control the enterprise architecture companies started to document the artifacts mentioned above, especially their interaction and dependencies. The high amount of information to be gathered for managing the enterprise architecture increases the need for a tool based approach, enabling a collaborative management process involving users performing different roles. An appropriate tool must not only capture relevant information, it must also process these information, using e.g. reports or visualizations supporting the users when performing different enterprise architecture management tasks.

This survey not only analyzes major players in the emerging market of enterprise architecture management tools, it also gives a brief introduction to typical tasks in enterprise architecture management using a scenario based approach. The scenarios and the list of criteria were built in cooperation with major players acting in different markets.

Key Points

  • Comprehensive description of 18 scenarios developed in cooperation with sponsors and partners for analyzing the tools: Targeting both specific functionality and support for EA management tasks
  • Detailed analysis of each tool based on simulations of scenarios, including screenshots, reports, etc. generated by each tool.
  • Ranking of the tools based on eigth criteria for specific tool functionality and nine criteria for support of EA management tasks.
  • 384 full color A4-pages with over 350 graphics, screenshots, and tables.

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[BMS08] Buckl, S; Matthes, F.; Schweda, C.: EAM-Werkzeuge mit Stärken und Schwächen. In: InformationWeek 12/2008, CMP-WEKA-Verlag, 2008.
[Bu08h]  Buckl, S.; Ernst, A.; Matthes, F.; Schweda, C. M.: An Information Model for Landscape Management - Discussion Temporality Aspects. In: The 3rd Workshop on Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR 2008), Sydney, Australia, 2008.
[Bu08d] Buckl, S.; Dierl, T.; Matthes, F.; Ramacher, R.; Schweda, C. M.: Current and Future Tool Support for EA Management. In: Steffens, U.; Addicks, J.S.; Streekmann, N. (editors): MDD, SOA und IT-Management (MSI 2008), Workshop, Oldenburg, September 2008, GITO-Verlag, Berlin, 2008.
[Bu08e] Buckl, S.; Matthes, F.; Schweda, C. M.: Werkzeuge für das Alignment von Business und IT. In: is report 10/2008, OXYGON Verlag, 2008