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Feature Comparison

CAPABILITY OTHER TOOLS ABACUS

Tool foundation Based on either business process Based on, and extending, the
modeling or evolving from simpler concepts of architectual description
drawing tools, most other tools are languages, ABACUS has at its core a
not designed specifically to model formal and rigorous architectural
architectures. Rather they have model. This solid core provides a
been extended in response to foundation for features that other
architectural contingencies. tools cannot match.

Architectural Other tools use specialised models ABACUS provides a generic model
modeling which are refined to reflect a where components AND connections
capabilities vendor's own approach or that of a are first order elements. The model is
popular framework. Invariably, these structural (hierarchical), typed,
preset models have redundant supremely flexible, highly scalable,
elements and properties, and are ill- and can be extended to cater for any
fitting to many organizations. The architecture. It supports multiple
various levels of abstraction are versions of architectures, making it
usually poorly integrated. the only tool specifically designed to
perform "what-if", "gap" and
"scenario" analysis.

Support for Most tools claim to provide support ABACUS does not follow or prescribe
Enterprise for at least one framework; TOGAF, any frameworks, patterns or
Architecture DoDAF (C4ISR), FEAF and TEAF. solutions. Rather, it provides the
frameworks and The majority of tools tend to favor a means to create any of the artifacts
patterns Zachman approach - which is little required by any of the various
more than a formalized frameworks as libraries of pre-defined
categorization of artifacts. templates. For example, the tool
Frameworks are fine... but limited. provides a template that supports the
required elements outlined in the
Zachman framework and Service
Oriented Architecture (SOA) patterns.

Architectural All tools in the market use 2D ABACUS provides a completely


diagramming diagrams to represent various flexible approach to creating and
capabilities elements of an architecture. maintaining diagrams. A diagram is a
Typically the types of diagrams that view of the architectural model, and
can be used are predetermined changes in either one are always
(IDEF, UML, BPML). With some reflected in the other - including
tools, changes to objects in one changes in hierarchy. Standard
diagram do not propagate through diagram types are provided and are
the architecture. used to encourage consistency.
Process analysis Many tools focus on the business ABACUS uses discrete event
portion of enterprise architecture, simulation to comprehensibly
and provide limited "token-based" evaluate the performance of an entire
animations of business processes. architecture, not simply processes.

Architectural Without rigorous supporting models, With a solid model, ABACUS is able
analysis not just analysing the complexity of to manage and analyze architectures
observation enterprises, at all levels, is beyond at all layers, as one complete
the ability of all other tools. What architecture. It not only simulates
analysis they do provide is strictly in performance, but can calculate
terms of 'matrix' charts, summation emergent properties and metrics such
metrics and dependency tracking. as total cost of ownership, reliability,
openness, modularity and security.

Architectural Enterprises and their IT systems are ABACUS uses hyperlinked 2D and
visualisation extremely complex structures. 3D visualization. Hierarchical 3D
Trying to convey that structure in views allow for dynamic exploration of
diagrams, as with other tools, does entire architectures. Size, color and
little to aid understanding of the shape of elements can be tailored to
enterprise. Even with hyperlinking, reflect properties of interest; e.g.
different diagram types and the using the color red to signify high
number of diagrams means that utilization.
architectures remain unfathomable.

General tool features Other tools commonly tout, ABACUS provides all the usual and
compliance to drawing standards expected tool features, including:
(BMPL,UML,IDEF), support for importers, exporters, scripting,
frameworks (TOGAF, DoDAF), open custom reports, custom charts,
database standards, multi-user publishing to the web, and an
support, web-support, the ability to enterprise edition. Additionally
generate schema and code, and ABACUS provides patented
various importers and exporters. techniques for visualizing, analyzing,
What they fail to provide is a evaluating and evolving a complete
synchronised approach to modeling enterprise architecture.
and completely capturing the
enterprise architecture.

Value for money Dedicated EA tools start at about The standard ABACUS toolset is
$10,000 per seat, and complete available for less than $2,500 per
licence packages with training run seat.
well into 6 figures.

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