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Rethinking Enterprise Architecture Frameworks for the Digital Age: The Digital Diamond Framework and EA Tool

  • Enterprise Architecture (EA) Frameworks (EAFs) have attempted to support comprehensive and cohesive modeling and documentation of the enterprise. However, these EAFs were not conceived for today’s rapidly digitalized enterprises and the associated IT complexity. A digitally-centric EAF is needed, freed from the past restrictive EAF paradigms and embracing the new potential in a data-centric world. This paper proposes an alternative EAF that is digital, holistic, and digitally sustainable - the Digital Diamond Framework. D2F is designed for responsive and agile enterprises, for aligning business plans and initiatives with the actual enterprise state, and addressing the needs of EA for digitized structure, order, modeling, and documentation. The feasibility of D2F is demonstrated with a prototype implementation of an EA tool that applies its principles, showing how the framework can be practically realized, while a case study based on ArchiSurance example and an initial performance and scalability characterization provide additional insights as to its viability.

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Author:Roy OberhauserORCiD
Institutional Author:Oberhauser, Roy
Source Title (English):International Journal on Advances in Software
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Release Date:2020/07/15
Issue:1 & 2
Number of Pages:27
First Page:125
Last Page:151
Faculty:Elektronik und Informatik
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft
Open Access:Open Access
Relevance:peer reviewed