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The cold reality is that very few software-based systems exist in a vacuum, instead they must co-exist with several and sometimes hundreds of other systems. Applications must co-exist effectively with the other systems within your organization. Therefore an application must minimally be developed so that it doesn’t cause adverse affects on your other systems and ideally it should be built to take advantage of and to enhance a shared infrastructure. Every system must be built so it can fit into your existing environment, better yet so that it reflect s the future vision for your organization. This sort of information should be captured in your enterprise architecture, in current state and future state models respectively.
EAS passionately believe that Enterprise Architecture (EA), if properly implemented and managed, can provide huge benefits to organisations of all shapes and sizes, both in the short and long term, and believe that the availability of free open source tools is important to its ongoing growth and adoption. The Essential Project is the collective name for a set of open source, enterprise architecture support tools that have been developed for use in conjunction with a variety of Enterprise Architecture approaches and frameworks. The reason for the name is that these tools are focused solely on providing only those capabilities that are "essential" to 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. More specifically, the components that currently comprise the Essential Project are: Read more...