Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools 2023

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Avolution Receives Highest Score in Gartner CCA 2023

Alongside the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools, the Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools 2023 evaluated 15 enterprise architecture platforms. 

The report highlights that “Enterprise architecture tools support the delivery of business outcomes by providing a central repository for managing and analyzing enterprise data to highlight the impact of change. EA leaders need to assess the product capabilities of vendors in relation to five key use cases.”.

ABACUS was ranked first in all five Use Cases in the 2023 Gartner’s® Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools*:

  • Enterprise Transformation Management (4.47/5)
  • IT Portfolio Management (4.45/5)
  • Advanced Roadmapping  (4.39/5)
  • Solution Architecture Design & Delivery (4.41/5)
  • Innovation & Sustainability (4.40/5)

Avolution’s Dr Tim O’Neill said: “In our opinion, Avolution’s scores in the Critical Capabilities reflect ABACUS’ key differentiators: strong architecture modeling and roadmapping, its graph database, extensible and configurable metamodel, AI/ML features and no-code algorithms for calculations and analysis.

“We’ve also increased our product score in Intelligent Automation versus the 2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools report. We think that this is an improvement in our position.”

ABACUS continues to support and improve functionality for core architecture skills and deliverables:

  • Architecture Modeling: build freeform canvas-and-stencil diagrams with customizable icons and annotations, or use autogenerated diagrams, to capture IT and business architectures
  • Data-Driven Roadmaps: set up and automate your chosen analysis eg. cost trends, security scores, technical debt reduction. Pre-built or customized algorithms can streamline financial and technical reporting, and machine learning supports data-completion.
  • Tailored Communication and Collaboration: ask your teams what reports they need and design dashboards to track business capabilities, technology lifecycles, metrics and processes. Use browser-editable lists, tables and diagrams to keep content up-to-date easily. ABACUS also provides comprehensive permissions and workflows management for collaboration.

Avolution has also been recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the  2023 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools**, for its ABACUS platform.

About Enterprise Architecture Tools

The Gartner report notes that EA tools “Service an increasingly wide range of stakeholders, from the boardroom and the C-suite, across all strategic and operational business roles, down to the IT estate.”

“EA tools are also used by a broad array of architectural and IT disciplines, including information, solution, security, applications and infrastructure. With a single integrated version of the truth, EA tools help these stakeholders receive relevant information, see the need for alignment and make more informed decisions.”

What is the Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools?

Gartner recommends companies “Review the Critical Capabilities and the companion Magic Quadrant note together to gain a holistic view of the vendors in a market and the positioning of providers’ product and service offerings.”

Gartner explains: “A Critical Capabilities document is a comparative analysis that scores competing products or services against a set of critical differentiators identified by Gartner. It shows you which products or services are a best fit in various use cases to provide you actionable advice on which products/services you should add to your vendor shortlists for further evaluation.

Critical Capabilities help architects

  • Gain deeper insights into vendor product and service offerings
  • Understand which products and services are a best fit for common usage scenarios
  • Conduct strategic planning and develop your RFP with the input of a comparative analysis of key software, technology or service offerings” ***

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*Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools” by analyst(s) Andrew Gianni, Andreas Frangou, Austin Steinmetz, Akshay Jhawar, Published 20 November 2023,

**Gartner “Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools” by analyst(s): Andreas Frangou, Andrew Gianni, Austin Steinmetz, Akshay Jhawar, Published 20 November 2023

***Gartner Research Methodology, Gartner Critical Capabilities,, accessed November 2023.

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