The Open Group launches the ArchiMate® 3.0 Specification to improve systems for modelling the enterprise at a strategic level and drive digital transformation

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Improvements to open and independent modelling language enable modellers to cover a wider range of models to suit more specific needs

London, UK – June 14, 2016: The Open Group, the vendor-neutral IT consortium, has today launched the ArchiMate 3.0 Specification, an Open Group standard. Developed by The Open Group ArchiMate Forum, this is the first major update to the ArchiMate language since the ArchiMate 2.1 Specification was published in 2013. New features include elements for modelling the enterprise at a strategic level, such as capability, resource, and outcome, and support to model the physical world of materials and equipment. Furthermore, the usability, consistency and structure of the language have been improved, and definitions have been aligned with other standards such as the TOGAF® framework, BPMN and UML®.

Used by Enterprise Architects to support and improve the architecture process, the ArchiMate modelling language has been designed to drive digital transformation, and set organisations up to succeed in the digital age.

“The ArchiMate® Specification is a visual language for communicating and managing change and complexity through architecture descriptions development,” said Sonia Gonzalez, ArchiMate Forum Director, at The Open Group. “It is well suited to represent strategy in a way that can be easily connected with tactical and operational areas providing an integrated organisational landscape and closing the gap between the strategy and its implementation.”

“The ArchiMate modelling language is the ultimate enabler for Enterprise Architects to deliver enterprise-wide understanding and collaboration on initiatives to modernise and streamline an organisation’s structural and process orientated architecture,” commented Andrew Josey, VP Standards and Certification, The Open Group. “With the ArchiMate 3.0 language, users have even better tools to provide stakeholders with a simplified view of enterprise architecture that represents an integrated organisational landscape.”

Iver Band, Vice Chair of the ArchiMate Forum commented: “With version 3.0 of the ArchiMate Specification, Enterprise Architects are now better equipped to guide complex changes, and tackle the challenges of digital transformation. It introduces explicit support for capability-based planning, and improves linkage between business strategy and all architecture layers. It also enables modelers to describe the Internet of Things and the systems of the physical world, such as manufacturing and logistics, as well as support more compact and intuitive visual models for expressing architectures and build consensus among diverse stakeholders.”

Marc Lankhorst, Managing Consultant & Business Design Evangelist at BiZZdesign said: “Since its inception in 2002, the ArchiMate language has become an indispensable instrument for Enterprise Architects. Its adoption and promotion as a standard by The Open Group has greatly stimulated its use, as witnessed by the thousands of certified architects, the many tools and courses available, and the active and lively online community. I am proud to have been involved in its development since the beginning and the new version of the standard shows how ArchiMate keeps evolving to stay in tune with the needs of its users.”

The ArchiMate 3.0 Specification includes the following features and benefits:

  • Improvements in the motivation layer, which is better suited to represent organisational strategy and context
  • A new strategy layer that considers new concepts such as capability, resource and course of action
  • Facilities to connect the strategic/capability planning with its implementation
  • New concept to support application/information system modelling
  • New concept to support technology platform modelling
  • Improvements in the notation and consistency of the modelling language
  • Better mechanisms to provide stakeholders with more integrated/simplified views representing an integrated organisational landscape

The ArchiMate 3.0 Specification will be available in hardcopy from June 14 from Van Haren Publishing. It will also be available for download and to read online at The Open Group website.

The ArchiMate 3.0 Pocket Guide will be available in hardcopy for the first time through Van Haren Publishing at The Open Group Austin Event, July 18-21, where the new features of ArchiMate 3.0 and practical use cases will be presented.

About ArchiMate®

ArchiMate, The Open Group Standard, is an open and independent modelling language for enterprise architecture that is supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. ArchiMate provides instruments to enable Enterprise Architects to describe, analyze and visualize the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way. Further information on ArchiMate can be found at www.theopengroup.org/archimate/.

About The Open Group

The Open Group is an international vendor–‐and technology–‐neutral consortium upon which organizations rely to lead the development of IT standards and certifications, and to provide them with access to key industry peers, suppliers and best practices.  The Open Group provides guidance and an open environment in order to ensure interoperability and vendor neutrality.  Further information on The Open Group can be found at www.opengroup.org.

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The Open Group Launches the IT4IT™ Certification Program

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London, UK – April 25, 2016: The Open Group, the vendor-neutral IT consortium, has announced the availability of its IT4IT™ Certification Program. From today, IT4IT Foundation Certification is available to individuals who demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the IT4IT Reference Architecture, Version 2.0 standard.

The Open Group IT4IT™ Reference Architecture standard comprises a reference architecture and a value chain-based operating model for managing the business of IT.

“We expect IT4IT Certification to become a valuable credential for all IT professionals working with the IT4IT Reference Architecture,” commented Andrew Josey, VP, Standards and Certification at The Open Group. “The IT4IT Forum was launched in London in October 2014, so it is fitting that the IT4IT Certification Program should be unveiled at The Open Group London 2016 event…”

The first level of certification being launched, known as IT4IT Foundation, provides validation that the Candidate has gained knowledge of the terminology, structure, basic concepts, and understands the core principles of the IT4IT Reference Architecture and the IT Value Chain. IT4IT Foundation certification can be achieved by passing the IT4IT Part 1 examination, following a course of self-study or attendance at an Accredited Training Course. The program configuration for the IT4IT Certification Program can be found here. The requirements for IT4IT Foundation certification and the syllabus for all accredited courses can be found here.

The launch of the certification program comes after the release of the IT4IT Management Guide earlier this year, which is available to buy through The Open Group website and Van Haren Publishing

The development of the IT4IT Certification Program has been supported by a number of key sponsors:

“Enterprise Architects has strongly advocated applying an architectural approach in the ‘design of business’ for many years. The release of the IT4IT framework will now provide IT organizations with a structured, flexible and standardized Reference Architecture for the design of the ‘business of IT’.

“With the IT4IT framework, Enterprise Architects can provide organizations with a design led approach that will help industrialize and make mainstream IT operations more efficient, thus enabling businesses to place a greater focus on innovation, providing service-centric solutions and adopting multi-sourcing strategies to their IT environment. We have seen this approach proven amongst our global clients in designing new Operating Models for IT to address the common challenges confronting organizations in their transition to blended internal, cloud and outsourced service models. 

“With the launch of the IT4IT Certification Program we look forward to engaging further with the market on how this approach can deliver significant value to organizations.”

Danny Graham, Learning Services Manager, Enterprise Architects

“As digital transformation accelerates, so the need increases for a unified IT operating model based upon a truly open and standard platform. APG is proud to support the IT4IT standard as the next-generation vision for digital value in the enterprise via our contributions to the IT4IT framework and other Open Group standards.”

Chris Armstrong, President, Armstrong Process Group, Inc.

“Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is fully committed to being the premier training provider for the IT4IT Standard as demonstrated by our continued commitment to the development and roll out of the IT4IT Reference Architecture Standard. As one of the lead organizations responsible for the development of the standard, HPE is also one of the first to provide accredited education and certification.”
Jenny McPhee, WW Education Services Portfolio Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

“Good e-Learning are excited to be sponsoring The Open Group IT4IT Certification Program and having recently become a Gold Member we are showing our intent to increase our participation within The Open Group Community. Our Learning Management System delivers accredited IT4IT training to organizations in a scalable and tailored fashion, allowing an organization to develop an IT4IT capability across any geographic region instantaneously.”

Mike Gadd, Sales Manager, Good e-Learning

 

About The Open Group

The Open Group is an international vendor–‐and technology–‐neutral consortium upon which organizations rely to lead the development of IT standards and certifications, and to provide them with access to key industry peers, suppliers and best practices.  The Open Group provides guidance and an open environment in order to ensure interoperability and vendor neutrality.  Further information on The Open Group can be found at www.opengroup.org.

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