EA Terms & Definitions

TOGAF
ISO 42010
EA Cube

EA Cube:

Enterprise Architecture
Component
Capital Planning
Business Case
Artifact
Architecture Segment


Architecture SegmentA part of the overall EA that documents one or more lines of business, including all levels and threads.... More. A part of the overall EA that documents one or more lines of business, including all levels and threads.

ArtifactAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More.  An EA artifactAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip.  EA artifactsAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More document EA componentsEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.....

Business CaseA collection of descriptive and analytic information about an investment in resource(s) and/or capabilities..... A collection of descriptive and analytic information about an investment in resource(s) and/or capabilities.

Capital PlanningThe management and decision-making process associated with the planning, selection, control, and evaluation of investments in resources, including EA components such as systems, networks, knowledge warehouses, and support services for the enterprise..... The management and decision-making process associated with the planning, selection, control, and evaluation of investments in resources, including EA componentsEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... such as systems, networks, knowledge warehouses, and support services for the enterprise.

ComponentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants..... EA componentsEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated
cable plants.

Composite. An EA artifactAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More that uses several documentation modeling techniques and/or represents several types of EA componentsEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.....

Configuration Management. The process of managing updates to EA componentsEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... and artifactsAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More, ensuring that standards are being followed.

Crosscutting ComponentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants..... An EA componentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... that serves several lines of business.  Examples include email systems that serve the whole enterprise, and financial systems that serve several lines of business.

Culture. The beliefs, customs, values, structure, normative rules, and material traits of a social organization.  Culture is evident in many aspects of how an organization functions.

Current View. An EA artifactAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More that represents an EA componentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... or process that currently exists in the enterprise.

Data. Data items refer to an elementary description of things, events, activities, and transactions that are recorded, classified, and stored, but not organized to convey any specific meaning. Data items can be numeric, alphabetic, figures, sounds, or images.  A database consists of stored data items organized for retrieval.

Enterprise. An area of common activity and goals within an organization or between several organizations, where information and other resources are exchanged.

Enterprise ArchitectureThe analysis and documentation of an enterprise in its current and future states from an integrated strategy, business, and technology perspective..... The analysis and documentation of an enterprise in its current and future states from an integrated strategy, business, and technology perspective.

Framework. A structure for organizing information that defines the scope of the architecture (what the EA program will document) and how the areas of the architecture relate to each other.

Future View. An EA artifactAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More that represents an EA componentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... or process that does not yet exist in the enterprise.

Governance. A group of policies, decision-making procedures, and management processes that work together to enable the effective planning and oversight of activities and resources.

Horizontal ComponentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants..... A horizontal (or crosscutting) componentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... is a changeable goal, process, program, or resource that serves several lines of business.  Examples include email and administrative support systems that serve the whole enterprise.

Information. Information is data that have been organized so that they have meaning and value to the recipient.  The recipient interprets the meaning and draws conclusions and implications.

Line of Business. A distinct area of activity within the enterprise.  It may involve the manufacture of certain products, the provision of services, or internal administrative functions.

Methodology. The EA methodology defines how EA documentation will be developed, archived, and used; including the selection of a framework, modeling tools, and on-line repository.

Program. A group of related projects managed in a coordinated way. Programs usually involve an element of ongoing activity.

Project. A temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.

Primitive. An EA artifactAn EA artifact is a documentation product, such as a text document, diagram, spreadsheet, briefing slides, or video clip. EA artifacts document EA components.... More that uses one modeling technique to describe an EA componentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.....

System. A type of EA componentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... that is comprised of hardware, and software, and activities that has inputs and outputs.

Vertical ComponentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants..... An EA componentEA components are those plug-and-play resources that provide capabilities at each level of the framework. Examples include strategic goals and measures; business services; information flows and data objects; information systems, web services, and software applications; voice/data/video networks,and associated cable plants.... that is contained within one line of business.  Examples include a system, application, database, network, or website that serves one line of business.