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Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools

Published: 13 December 2022


Enterprise architecture tools support the delivery of business outcomes by providing a central repository for managing and analyzing data to highlight the impact of change. EA and technology innovation leaders need to assess the product capabilities of vendors in relation to key use cases.

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Key Findings
  • Enterprise architecture (EA) teams often limit the scope of their EA tools to cataloging the life cycles and constraints of existing IT systems, applications and technologies. They miss the opportunity for EA tools to capture the business architecture, which supports business strategy discussions and underpins the organization’s wider change plans.

  • EA tools often fail to gain traction beyond EA, which limits their benefits. Without a focus on a shared operating model for the enterprise — supporting transformation, optimization and ongoing innovation — it can be difficult to justify the effort necessary to maintain the EA tool, leading to disuse.

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  • Ardoq
  • Avolution
  • Bee360
  • BiZZdesign
  • BOC Group
  • Capsifi
  • Enterprise Architecture Solutions
  • LeanIX
  • MEGA International
  • Orbus Software
  • QualiWare
  • Software AG
  • UMT360
  • UNICOM Systems
  • ValueBlue
  • Repository
  • Modeling
  • Analysis
  • Presentation
  • Usability
  • Configuration and Management
  • Extensibility
  • Publication
  • Frameworks
  • Integration
  • Automation
  • Innovation Management
  • Capture, Structure, Analyze and Present Models
  • Support Change, Transformation and Optimization
  • Assess and Manage an Evolving IT Portfolio
  • Enterprise Architecture Management
  • Innovation

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

How does a Critical Capabilities report work?

As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

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