The world's most popular open-source EA platform

The world's most popular open-source EA platform

Making complex organisations easier to manage.

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What is Essential?

Essential allows you to create real business value from your organisational information, using visualisations to allow you to analyse the output and offering insights to support your decision making.

Essential is available through either our open source or our cloud platform, both of which offer utilities to allow you to easily capture information about your organisation. Our ontology-based meta-model gives the structure required to allow our viewer to navigate your organisations assets, and display dynamic interactive views to present the information you need to help you make decisions.

Optional business outcome focused packs are available, as are quick starts for data capture.

Meta Model

The Essential Meta Model, is a detailed, extensible, yet easy-to-use meta model for describing an enterprise from top to bottom. The Essential Meta Model is published as open source and is available for use in both the Essential Cloud and Essential Open Source.

Essential Open Source

Essential Open Source is entirely free to use under the GNU GPL License. The toolkit includes the Essential Meta Model, advanced tools for both capturing data and applying complex analysis to your architecture, and the Essential Viewer with interactive reporting.

Essential Cloud

All the features of Essential Open Source plus more, minus the hassle. The low-cost, cloud version of Essential provides the functionality of Essential Open Source but with a web-based interface, an enhanced security model, better user management and the ability to overlay business outcome based packs.

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