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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
Essential Architecture Manager version 4.3 delivers a range of improvements and enhancements to the Essential toolset.Version 4.3 is available to download now from the Downloads page and the new installer also enables existing Essential Architecture Manager installations to upgrade their software. An Essential Update Pack for the repository is available to upgrade existing version 4.0 repositories to version 4.3.
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.