The Benefits of Adjusting and Adapting Metamodels & Frameworks

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Frustrated with Rigid Meta Models?

Many enterprise architects find the usability of off-the-shelf metamodels and frameworks limiting.

As your projects progress, particularly as they reach the critical delivery stages — where time pressure is on and detail must be exact — the ability to tweak, tailor or adjust your metamodel can become extremely important.



But in a lot of EA approaches, the process of getting a consultant or vendor to design your metamodel can be costly, slow and beset by the problems normal in any client-supplier relationship (they can’t read your mind!).

Adjusting your metamodel

In ABACUS you can quickly create your own metamodels and frameworks either from existing libraries or from scratch. Most EAs find that the simplest approach is to adapt standards provided in our library such as BMM, BPMN, ITIL, TOGAF, Zachman, DODAF etc using simple “right-click” and “drag-and-drop” commands.

Test and modify these, then share them with other users.


Archimate-3.0 in ABACUS 6.0


Hundreds of companies use ABACUS to tailor metamodels and frameworks to the needs of their own company and industry. The most common approaches are hybrid metamodels using BMM+P3O+BPMN+ITIL+TOGAF or simply BizBOK+TOGAF.

A list of some of the standards you can adapt using ABACUS is here

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ABACUS is used by companies worldwide to manage Enterprise Architecture, IT and Business Strategy and Digital Transformation. ABACUS users deliver insights and value quickly:

  • Import data in minutes from SharePoint, Excel, Visio, Google Sheets, Technopedia, ServiceNow and CMDBs, etc.
  • Choose an off-the-shelf framework or metamodel or configure a metamodel specific to your enterprise
  • Analyze your architecture using algorithms for metrics such as TCO, Performance, Availability, Agility etc. Create future state architectures and roadmaps
  • Report with rich visuals including heat maps, treemaps, timelines, lifecycles, capability spaces, trade-off diagrams, charts and dashboards 

ABACUS supports Enterprise Architecture (EA), Application Portfolio Management (APM), Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM), Business Process Management (BPM), Customer Experience (CX), Solution Architecture (SA), IT Service Management (ITSM), Business Intelligence (BI), and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC). It is available either on-premise or as a browser-based SaaS tool. 

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