Enterprise architecture (EA) tools let organizations align business objectives with IT goals and infrastructure by helping manage information related to EA while helping companies plan roadmaps for digital transformation. They offer reports, collaboration, testing, simulations and much more to help organizations create and implement models for better business and IT processes, development and ultimately, architecture. According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report, the following EA tools are among the best currently available on the market, providing a mix of visualization, collaboration, and project management features in support of a wide range of enterprise architecture frameworks.
Planview offers a platform that helps business users understand how the various technology stacks in an organization impact application portfolios, business capabilities, projects, programs, and products. It’s also one of the few EA tools on this list that integrates PPM into the platform as per Gartner.
Designed to offer users visualizations into the complexities of business capabilities and technologies, Planview gives the users access to interactive analysis and comprehensive models that can help find flaws, manage risks and predict the outcome of planned products, strategies or processes.
A data modelling tool, Erwin allows users to create logical data models from conceptual data models. However, it doesn’t rely on a specific database technology. Configurable with multiple industry framework standards like TOGAF, Zachman International, DoDAF, ArchiMate etc. it’s reports are highly customizable, and users can reverse-engineer pre-existing databases built on different formats. Erwin encourages cross-departmental collaboration through discussion threads, surveys and social features by offering a collaborative web-based experience that. The company notes it has a focus on innovation and transformation while maintaining an eye on developing strategies with the best ROI.
Keep watching this space to know more about the enterprise architecture tools for 2019.