Multi-Level Visualization and Visual Analysis of Enterprise Architecture Models

Context

Enterprise architecture management (EAM) is an established discipline in the information science field. With the digitalization, established enterprises are challenged to face fierce competition, especially from new competitors joining the market in vast amounts of time. These challenges can only be addressed by establishing flexible enterprise architectures that also support efficient management of an enterprise. Albeit the wide adoption of the de-facto industry standard of ArchiMate, only very limited literature focusses on using ArchiMate models as a formalized knowledge base that serves visual analysis and evaluation of complex architectures.

 

Task

Part of this project is to use existing libraries and tools for visualizing and analysing multi-layer networks. The primary objective of this project is to define a concept and provide an implementation that introduces multi-level visualizations to an existing ArchiMate modeling tool. Several existing visualization libraries like Pymnet shall be analysed and evaluated against the requirements of ArchiMate multi-level visualization. Eventually, the best evaluated library shall be implemented as an extension of the ArchiMate modeling tool. Alternatively, 3D visualizations for ArchiMate models can be implemented.

 

Further Reading (Excerpt)

  • Bork, D., Gerber, A., Miron, E. T., van Deventer, P., Van der Merwe, A., Karagiannis, D., … & Sumereder, A. (2018). Requirements engineering for model-based enterprise architecture management with ArchiMate. In Workshop on Enterprise and Organizational Modeling and Simulation (pp. 16-30). Springer, Cham.
  • Kivel√§, Mikko. „Multilayer networks library for python (pymnet).“ (2017) http://www.mkivela.com/pymnet/
  • Razo-Zapata, I. S., Mihaylov, M., & Proper, E. (2016). Exploring the application of multilayer networks in enterprise architecture: A case study in the smart grid. In 2016 IEEE 18th Conference on Business Informatics (CBI) (Vol. 1, pp. 300-307). IEEE.
  • Oberhauser, R., & Pogolski, C. (2019). VR-EA: Virtual Reality Visualization of Enterprise Architecture Models with ArchiMate and BPMN. In International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design (pp. 170-187). Springer, Cham.