ABACUS Tops New Survey into Enterprise Architecture Visualization Tools.

June 10, 2014

AVOLUTION, developer and supplier of software solutions for IT strategy, planning and enterprise modelling, today announced that its flagship Enterprise Architecture tool, ABACUS®, received the highest score of 19 EA tools surveyed by Technische Universität München (the Technical University of Munich), Germany, as part of their research into the ‘state-of-the-art and future development’ of Enterprise Architecture Visualization Tools.  

The survey, conducted by the Software Engineering for Business Information Systems (SEBIS) group, part of the University’s Informatics faculty, undertook extensive research into both the EA vendor community’s product offerings as well as the needs of over 100 enterprise architecture practitioners. Visualizations play an important role in EA management and are required for a variety of purposes. Visualizations help EA practitioners to analyse and communicate complex information, for example, as well as in promoting stakeholder involvement and increasing transparency.

By including feedback from industry experts, initiated from an on-line survey sent to over 1,000 EA practitioners in late 2013, the SEBIS research endeavoured to identify: which visualization types are currently used in practice or are planned to be used; what typical usage scenarios each EA visualization type supports; and new visualization types required in industry.

Twenty-six such visualization types were identified, which were then compared with those available in the EA tools of the vendor community. Of the 26 identified, ABACUS was able to produce 25 visualization types from its current product range, more than any other tool surveyed. These visualizations include: Matrices, Cluster Maps and Timelines; Flow Diagrams, Entity Relationship Diagrams, and diagrams based on industry standard notations BPMN, EPC, UML and ArchiMate;  Bar charts, Bubble charts, Pie charts, Scatter charts, Radar charts and Sunburst charts; and more specialist visualizations including Geographic Maps, Gauges, Tree Maps, Dashboards, a Business Model canvas, and full 3D visualizations.

Avolution founder and principal, Dr Tim O’Neill, commented, “The Technical University of Munich are highly regarded in the Enterprise Architecture industry for the thoroughness of their research work into EA techniques and practices, so we’re delighted to have been identified as the top vendor in this visualization survey.” O’Neill continued, “ABACUS has a great track record in coming out top in international EA tool product surveys; this is the third such high profile example in the last 12 months, and it certainly helps validate the direction and efforts of our Product Management team.”

Information on the Technical University of Munich, the SEBIS research group, and the EA Visualization Tool Survey, are available at: https://wwwmatthes.in.tum.de/pages/6u8f5ki1t2yz/EAVTS2014-Enterprise-Architecture-Visualization-Tool-Survey .

 

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ABACUS Visualizations

 

Figure 1: Matrix
Figure 1: Matrix

 

Figure 2: Cluster Map
Figure 2: Cluster Map

 

Figure 3: Timeline
Figure 3: Timeline

 

Figure 4: Flow Diagram
Figure 4: Flow Diagram

 

Figure 5: List
Figure 5: List

 

 Graph
Figure 6: Graph

 

Figure 7: ER Diagram
Figure 7: ER Diagram

 

Figure 8: Bar Chart
Figure 8: Bar Chart

 

Figure 9: BPMN Diagram
Figure 9: BPMN Diagram

 

Figure 10: UML Diagram
Figure 10: UML Diagram

 

Figure 11: Bubble Chart
Figure 11: Bubble Chart

 

 Tree View
Figure 12: Treeview

 

Figure 13: Pie Chart
Figure 13: Pie Chart

 

Figure 14: Dashboard
Figure 14: Dashboard

 

Figure 15: Radar Diagram
Figure 15: Radar Diagram

 

Figure 16: EPC Diagram
Figure 16: EPC Diagram

 

Figure 17: Archimate Diagram
Figure 17: Archimate Diagram

 

Figure 18: Line Chart
Figure 18: Line Chart

 

Figure 19: Scatter Chart
Figure 19: Scatter Chart

 

Figure 20: Geographic Map
Figure 20: Geographic Map

 

Figure 21: Business Model Canvas
Figure 21: Business Model Canvas

 

Figure 22: Gauges
Figure 22: Gauges

 

Figure 23: Treemap
Figure 23: Treemap

 

Figure 24: Sunburst
Figure 24: Sunburst

  

Figure 25: 3D Visualisation
Figure 25: 3D Visualisation

 

About Avolution

Avolution provides the ABACUS® solution which is unique to the enterprise modelling space in that it can create multiple solution alternatives (architectures) and then run various simulations (Discrete Event, Monte Carlo etc) against each alternative for metrics such as Performance, Cost and Availability.   Being built on a completely agile, open and flexible XML-based hierarchical repository, ABACUS offers support for more frameworks out-of-the-box than any other tool on the market, and users can create their own bespoke or hybrid repository meta-model through simple right-clicks and drag-and-drops in a matter of minutes.

 

About Technische Universität München (the Technical University of Munich)

Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. In the international Shanghai Ranking (ARWU), TUM was rated the number one German university in 2011, 2012, and 2013. As one of 13 faculties at TUM, the Computer Science / Informatics faculty enjoys an excellent reputation, and delivers internationally respected research results.

Press Enquiries:

Renate Krelle, Communications Manager, Avolution (UK) Ltd.

Tel: 020 7554 5600

Email: renate.krelle@avolution.eu

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