Realizing Traceability between the Enterprise Architecture and Business Value

Wilco Engelsman

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation UT

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An enterprise architecture (EA) is a high-level representation of the enterprise. An EA is designed to realize the business value of an organization. In the first part of this thesis a traceability relation between the EA, modeled with ArchiMate, and the business goals is defined and empirically evaluated. Afterwards the language is validated with practitioners and academics in terms of understandability. The conclusion is that the concepts of this modeling language are difficult to understand because the concepts are too closely related. We end this part with a simplification of the goal-modeling language.
In the second part a traceability relation between two conceptual modeling languages, e3value and ArchiMate, is designed. This traceability relation is refined in an experiment with practitioners and evaluated in a case study. A key finding from this case study is that for the traceability to be useful, the quantifications of an e3value model have to be aligned with those in an ArchiMate model. The thesis ends with a quantitative alignment of an ArchiMate model with the quantifications of an e3value model.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • Wieringa, R.J., Supervisor
  • van Sinderen, Marten J., Co-Supervisor
Award date20 Jan 2022
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-5320-9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2022


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