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Bachelorthesis Florian Balke

Last modified Oct 22, 2014

Enterprises increasingly resort to enterprise architecture (EA) management to cope with today's challenging environmental conditions. Thereby, EA management is gaining importance as a central means of supporting enterprises both to adapt to changing market conditions and to take new business opportunities enabled by innovative technologies. The benefit of EA management is directly coupled with documenting and analyzing the EA, so as to be able to provide a holistic view on the enterprise, describing the current state as well as future states thereof. Hence, devising an information model to structure the information of such descriptions constitutes one of the major tasks of EA management. Although the plurality advocates the idea that EA information models are organizationspecific design artifacts, it is to assumed that an underlying meta-model exists, in which the different organization-specific information models are founded. Therefore, this thesis sets the goal of eliciting requirements for EA information modeling, while assessing whether state-of-the-art modeling concepts, such as those of the UML, are sufficient to satisfy the requirements. Subsequently, a set of tools is evaluated against these requirements to get a general idea of the capabilities of their generic repository services for EA information models.

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