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The Essential Project is not only about the tools. It provides a useful, active forum for sharing ideas and experiences of applying Enterprise Architecture practices to real world business problems - working together to shape the development of relevant tools.
Apply Enterprise Architecture in the real world
The Essential Project is a set of open source, enterprise architecture support tools developed to be used with a variety of EA approaches and frameworks. 'Essential' because these tools are focused on providing capabilities that are essentialto maximising the value of enterprise architecture; helping organisations manage and analyse the knowledge needed to make decisions that impact or are impacted by the enterprise architecture.
The Essential Architecture Meta Model, is a detailed, extensible, yet easy-to-use meta model for describing an enterprise from top to bottom. Essential Architecture Meta Model is published as open source and is available for use in any modelling toolset. Read More
Essential Architecture Manager is the reference implementation of the Essential Architecture Meta Model and includes advanced tools for both capturing and applying complex analysis to your architecture. This open-source toolkit is entirely free to download and use under the GNU GPL v3 license. Read More
See how Essential Architecture Manager v1.x can help you manage your enterprise architecture in the Essential demonstration videos.
New demonstration videos for version 3.0 will follow shortly, in the meantime there are a series of screenshots of example views available to provide further detail.Read More
We are aware that we haven’t added any new demo videos for a while and that the existing ones are based on an early version of Essential. We have reviewed their usefulness and think a better approach might be to base the video’s around the views.
We have created three videos initially demonstrating how to populate the Application Catalogue, the Application Information Dependency Model and the Business Capability Model. They can be accessed via the demo video page.
We would love to get some feedback on what you think of the new videos; does the approach of concentrating on the views work, does the use of pop up text boxes rather than commentary work, what views would you like covered in the next video etc. If you have any comments, please post them here.
EAS, sponsors of The Essential Project, are pleased to announce the availability of a new range of Essential Support Packs. These packs offer dedicated, premier support for the Essential Toolset in great value bundles.
The support packs provide email, telephone and web support for the initial installation and configuration of the Essential platform, as well as technical platform support. Additionally, some packs offer product support (including modelling support, view development support and integration support) to help teams get the most from Essential.
These packs have been designed to help organisations get up and running with Essential quickly and cost-effectively. There are smaller support packs that are great for POCs and startup projects and larger product support packs for more established deployments.
A new upgrade pack is available now for any repository that has Essential Meta Model version 4.3Read more...
A new tutorial describing the Essential Internationalisation Framework is now available.Read more...
Essential Architecture Manager gets a "strong performer" rating in a recent evaluation of EA Management Suites. Read Alex's blog for more details.