Extending enterprise architecture modelling with business goals and requirements

W. Engelsman, Dick Quartel, Henk Jonkers, Marten J. van Sinderen

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    The methods for enterprise architecture (EA), such as The Open Group Architecture Framework, acknowledge the importance of requirements modelling in the development of EAs. Modelling support is needed to specify, document, communicate and reason about goals and requirements. The current modelling techniques for EA focus on the products, services, processes and applications of an enterprise. In addition, techniques may be provided to describe structured requirements lists and use cases. Little support is available however for modelling the underlying motivation of EAs in terms of stakeholder concerns and the high-level goals that address these concerns. This article describes a language that supports the modelling of this motivation. The definition of the language is based on existing work on high-level goal and requirements modelling and is aligned with an existing standard for enterprise modelling: the ArchiMate language. Furthermore, the article illustrates how EA can benefit from analysis techniques from the requirements engineering domain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9-36
    Number of pages28
    JournalEnterprise information systems
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


    • Business–IT alignment
    • Stakeholder concerns
    • SCS-services
    • Requirements engineering
    • Goal modelling
    • Enterprise architecture


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