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Title: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie on March 24, 2016, 15:49:43 PM
Hi,

The goal of this thread is to list as many known use cases as possible so that people new to Archi can see that it can be really used on a day to day basis by an Architect (and not only 1 or 2 days to "test" ArchiMate and then switch to a paid tool).

So if you use Archi for an organization (which should obviously be always the case) we'd appreciate if you could take 2min to briefly describe in which context you use it (your organization, size of your team if any, typical work you to with it...). It could also be interresting to see why to still use Archi or why you've switch to another tool if you no more use it.

In addition, we can also use this thread to list other known usage (for example publication of Reference Architectures...).

This topic is yours.

Regards,

JB

Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie on March 24, 2016, 15:58:55 PM
So I will start by my own usage.

As former Architect for the french LafargeHolcim division:
Archi is used to document the global IS/IT Landscape, mainly from an infrastructure and application point of view. This is used for impact analysis (together with information shared in a CMDB based on CMDBuild) and as a basis for each architecture change (ie. for project related solution architecture) where deliverables are created through the buitin jasperreport engine (customizable report).

As Enterprise Architect Consultant for Arismore:
Archi is used:

Regards,

JB
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie on March 24, 2016, 16:05:02 PM
Another known usage is the official documentation of the European Interoperability Reference Architecture (https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/asset/eia/description).

This is made clear by:
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Johan2 on March 25, 2016, 07:33:14 AM
As Enterprise Architect for Ciber International:
* Started with Archi to create a multidimensional model, with lots of views on different architecture subdomains, like Business, Application, Technology etc.
* Also other architects work with Archi.

As Enterprise Architect for BDO International:
* Started with Archi to create amultidimensional model, with lots of views on different architecture subdomains, like Business, Application, Technology etc.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: FJL on April 15, 2016, 11:53:24 AM
Another example: IBM

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-cloudecosystem/

regards,

F.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on April 15, 2016, 12:55:31 PM
I have a lot of email feedback dating from 2010 until now from various users and organisations stating that they use or have used Archi, that they like it, or can we add this or that feature, and so on. Some still use Archi, and some may have moved onto other tools or dropped it. In any case, here's a random selection of organisations past and present who have stated they have used Archi to some degree:


There are lots more!

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Hervé on April 15, 2016, 13:38:16 PM
Hi,

As far as I'm concerned, I'm a technical architect at Stime, the IT company of the musqueteers group (Intermarche, Bricomarche, Netto, Poivre Rouge, ...).

I replaced Visio by Archi to draw all my architecture diagrams.

I developped an Archi plugin to import all our CIs from our ServiceNow CMDB (https://github.com/archi-contribs/snow-import-plugin (https://github.com/archi-contribs/snow-import-plugin)).

I am also developping a plugin to store the Archi plugins into a database. The alpha relase will be available on Github soon.

Best regards
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on April 15, 2016, 13:40:01 PM
I replaced Visio by Archi to draw all my architecture diagrams.

Nice. :-) Thanks for the feedback.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Hervé on April 15, 2016, 14:55:17 PM
Hi Phil,

Yes, that's the nice side.

On the other hand, my company is willing to replace all the licenced software by free ones in order to reduce cost. Untill now, they're not ready to pay for Archi  :-[

Best regards
Hervé
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: prgee on May 12, 2016, 19:19:42 PM
Hi JB,

I asked my government client for their permission to submit a brief story of how we used Archi to help document their Business Architecture. They agreed, as long as I was willing to write the narrative. I ended up writing a one page "Archi Usage Story" which they have approved and I have attached to this post. I hope that you and other forum members find it to be of value.

Thanks and Regards,
Peter
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie on May 12, 2016, 19:31:47 PM
Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for this detailed description of what you are doing with Archi. I think we could even make it accessible through the main Archi website if you're ok.

Regards,

JB
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on May 12, 2016, 19:47:46 PM
Thanks Peter,

we do have a blog site. Could I summarise it there?

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: prgee on May 12, 2016, 21:36:46 PM
Hi Phil and JB,

I'm absolutely OK with publishing that anywhere. However, if it is to be edited or summarized I'd appreciate the opportunity to review it first. I may also be able to add additional info if you thought it would help.

Cheers,
Peter
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on May 12, 2016, 21:45:40 PM
Hi Peter,

great! It will be a "Archi Spotlight on...." feature on the blog. I'll take what you've got and edit it and then let you have the final say and edit. I'll do it real soon.

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on May 13, 2016, 10:32:38 AM
Peter, I've drafted something in Google docs and sent you an edit invite.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: ErikR on May 14, 2016, 18:45:06 PM
I am working on a world wide retail and whole sales company as one of 30-50 enterprise architects and a huge number of solution architects.

I realized the need of a repository for my architecture work and have been using Archi for about 2-3 years.

I have recently challenged Archi with Sparx EA but decided to go with Archi. In my role as enterprise architect with application and information focus I will deal with other architects that also will need to use Archi. I work TOGAF-9-ish and organize the models according to the TOGAF content framework.

I have developed a methodology to perform architectural analyses and design drilling down from descriptions of the business needs down to application internal solution architecture. I am thinking of writing something or perhaps develop a course. I have used the methodology in several projects and pre-studies and had some time to let it evolve.


On several occasions I have shared diagrams with business users with slim to none experience with architecture or IT development. In general the perception have been good after a short introduction.

 I have never used such a fast drawing utility, including Sparx EA also using Archimate. With some experience in selecting proper archimate-objects I can draw diagrams in real time during workshops. Fellow co-workers have been very impressed :)
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on May 15, 2016, 10:27:21 AM
Hi Erik,

thanks for this story.  :)  I'll be doing a series of "Spotlight on..." blog pieces if you'd like to consider contributing your story.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on May 18, 2016, 08:39:20 AM
Peter Gee's story was re-fashioned as a Q&A and published on the Archi blog - http://blog.archimatetool.com/2016/05/16/archi-spotlight-archi-supports-the-government-of-new-brunswicks-ea-program/

If anyone would like to do the same, I'd be happy to work with them to produce something for the blog.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Germano on May 18, 2016, 19:14:50 PM
I am working on a world wide retail and whole sales company as one of 30-50 enterprise architects and a huge number of solution architects.

I realized the need of a repository for my architecture work and have been using Archi for about 2-3 years.

I have recently challenged Archi with Sparx EA but decided to go with Archi. In my role as enterprise architect with application and information focus I will deal with other architects that also will need to use Archi. I work TOGAF-9-ish and organize the models according to the TOGAF content framework.

I have developed a methodology to perform architectural analyses and design drilling down from descriptions of the business needs down to application internal solution architecture. I am thinking of writing something or perhaps develop a course. I have used the methodology in several projects and pre-studies and had some time to let it evolve.


On several occasions I have shared diagrams with business users with slim to none experience with architecture or IT development. In general the perception have been good after a short introduction.

 I have never used such a fast drawing utility, including Sparx EA also using Archimate. With some experience in selecting proper archimate-objects I can draw diagrams in real time during workshops. Fellow co-workers have been very impressed :)

Hi ErikR,

I have one question. How are you dealing with multi-user in Archi? Are you using GRAFICO plugin? If not, how do you manage for example, Infrastructure ICs with Application.

Regards,

Germano.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: pkraakman on May 23, 2016, 20:24:18 PM
I work as an Enterprise Security Architect in the new company called Philips Lighting founded by Royal Philips.

For creating the Enterprise Security Architecture I am using Archimate as a open standard and well developed language, although an extension to risk and security would be welcome (understand that Open Group is investigating this).

As I wanted to use an architecture tool to manage and share my views and designs I started to use Archi as an alternative to commercial EA tools also hoping for an easy exchange of models with other architecture disciplines. This is still in the early stages as I am working my way throuhg the various domains also sharing and getting feedback from the other domain architects.

Paul Kraakman
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on May 24, 2016, 10:51:51 AM
Thanks for the feedback, Paul.  :)

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: cvenable on June 27, 2016, 14:33:27 PM
My story is similar to ErikR's. I work for a very large multi-national company. I've found that ArchiMate using Archi hits a sweet spot between too much/too little detail that allows me to work with a variety of stakeholders using one set of models. I can use the same diagram to walk through (and influence) a business decision-maker, IT officer, and software engineer. In the past, I'd have to create different diagrams - usually using different tools - for each stakeholder to tell the story in a way that was appropriate for them. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach or tool, ArchiMate using Archi is the closest I've found to that.

Like ErikR, I've recently led workshops where I've been the "modeling facilitator." During these workshops we're effectively re-engineering business processes and re-designing the application portfolio that supports them. The model-on-the-fly approach using Archi has been tremendously successful in this workshop format. Even though I'm the one driving Archi, everyone is participating in shaping and validating the model so they leave with a sense of ownership and they are "bought in" to the model from day one.

Contrast that with historical EA approaches of creating models in a vacuum and trying desperately to "sell" them to stakeholders. It's a powerful approach that can only work with a method like ArchiMate that is simple yet reasonably comprehensive and a tool like Archi that allows for on-the-fly modeling in a room full of stakeholders without significant pauses to create model elements that disrupt the flow of ideas and participatory feel of the workshop.

Now if I could just replace certain model element icons with images like a mobile device, I could retain model integrity and do away with PowerPoint...  ;)
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Guido Janssen on June 27, 2016, 20:32:20 PM
I am working as a architect at PharmaPartners, a dutch IT company creating software for pharmacies and doctor's. I used Archi for a few years already first just as an architecture diagram drawing tool. Recently I used it to set up an IT landscape model. Since I wanted to share the model with different stakeholder I created a reporting website using XSLT based on the Open Exchange format. I have started to share the more generic parts in a Github project (archimateviewer) especially the views using SVGs. This would actually allows for dynamic views based on properties or as the previous post was washing for replacing the visualisation of certain elements by simply drawing a different kind of node in the view.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: yvain on July 06, 2016, 13:09:28 PM
We're using it in an unofficial capacity at the University of Sydney.

What we've liked about Archi is that it enforces the Archimate syntax - which is invaluable when you're first coming up to speed with the language itself. Likewise, the fact that it enforces what are in the standard viewpoints - which again is great for people who are coming up to speed with Archimate.



Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: mdvadim on April 29, 2017, 07:38:41 AM
Hi JB,

I asked my government client for their permission to submit a brief story of how we used Archi to help document their Business Architecture. They agreed, as long as I was willing to write the narrative. I ended up writing a one page "Archi Usage Story" which they have approved and I have attached to this post. I hope that you and other forum members find it to be of value.

Thanks and Regards,
Peter
Hi Peter,
There are some links in the attached file. But it's wrong. Can you give correct links?
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: mdvadim on May 10, 2017, 15:04:19 PM
Kemerovo Heart Disease Hospital and Dispensary.

As CQO and my team we are trying to describe the architecture of our institute using world-famous languages ​​like Archi and methods, realizing that, perhaps, among our Russian colleagues we will not understand.

New language - new opportunities for communication.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Luc Gadeyne on August 08, 2017, 13:33:25 PM
I am working as an Enterprise/Solution Architect @KBC Belgium.
Together with a number of colleagues I am introducing Archimate 3.0 in IT.
We use Archi as a tool to support modeling.
We combine this with Grafico and GIT (or SVN-Subversion) to enable collaboration.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: m@rco on August 15, 2017, 07:51:52 AM
Hi,

I use Archi primarily to maintain the Application Landscape and derived models for Walraven (www.walraven.com), a multinational manufacturing company. I also use it to make specific project views on the landscape, depicting changes. It really helps that integrity of relations is kept at all times, to decide in what views to show these or not.

Regards,
Marco
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: tgeurts on October 30, 2017, 15:13:10 PM
I am currently working as a solution and project architect at BKWI, a Dutch government organization at the domain of Work and Income. We are using Archi

Ton Geurts
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on October 30, 2017, 15:37:19 PM
Thanks for all the user stories so far. It's good to hear from Archi users on how they are using the software!

Best regards,

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Pino on November 28, 2017, 10:47:05 AM
Hi all,

Here in DXC Technology (https://www.dxc.technology/ (https://www.dxc.technology/)) Archi is quite a common tool among architects. Sure, being DXC a TOGAF Platinum Member might be one of the reasons, but with or without the company decision to be a Platinum member, Archi is a great tool that allowed me to deliver real life architectures for multiple projects. Can Archi be improved? Sure it can, but as it stands is already quite up to its task.

Pino
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on November 28, 2017, 10:53:19 AM
Thanks for that, Pino.

"Can Archi be improved?" - Yes, it can given the right resources!

And welcome to the Archi forums!

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: jose_agc@msn.com on April 18, 2018, 20:24:16 PM
Dear Archi Forum,

I work for a Bank in Venezuela, we have evaluated commercial software/tools to facilitate the incorporation of the practice of EA in the company.

The conclusion: There are very good tools, however, the implementation process is complex because they are more oriented to the tool than to the value that the practice of architecture can provide within the industry where it is or is intended to be implemented. Their licensing and implementation costs are very high and usually do not end up convincing the sponsors about the return on investment.

My recommendation: The focus of the architecture practice should be on the value it generates within the industry where it will be applied. Going to have a well governed repository, which allows to respond things of value to the business easily and within the reach of those interested. So that it allows them to advance to a new business result.

We evaluated Archi vs. The Essential Project and my recommendation was Archi, among the reasons is the noise generated by adding ontological themes to modeling. Being that our framework is based on TOGAF and this speaks in terms of Archimate. My recommendation was Archi.

What would we like to be incorporated in Archi?
Multi-user and collaborative facility. Which is in progress.
Extend the tool so that it covers the entire TOGAF architecture repository structure and the artifacts link to the model.
Incorporate a graph database to facilitate impact analysis at a greater depth level.

In my case we are doing a work to define/create the meta architecture (Phase A) that will start by modeling BIAN Landscape v6.0 (Phase A, B and C), Hybrid Cloud and dockerization (Phase D), DevOps (We are working on how).

Best regards,
José Alfredo Guillén
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jose-guillen-12160085
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on April 18, 2018, 20:27:27 PM
Thank-you for the feedback José - we hope to improve Archi even more!

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: AdGerrits on May 08, 2018, 16:53:15 PM
Although we have been working with Archi for some time within the municipality of Nijmegen (the Netherlands), it is from today the standard architecture-tool that we use. The lack of collaboration functionality used to be a showstopper, but it is now present in sufficient quantities and hopefully will be even better in the future. I really think that Archi is in many cases more usable than other closed and expensive applications. Go go Archi!
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on May 08, 2018, 17:06:09 PM
Thanks, Ad!

The more traction and investment there is, the more that can be done and improved.

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: kkosienski on November 04, 2020, 18:48:07 PM
Hi,

I am part of an enterprise architecture group at a large financial services company (MassMutual) and we use Archi across our entire federated architecture community.  We use it to produce various viewpoints supporting enterprise architecture planning, strategy, and solutions delivery. We have implemented a standard "EA" model which we manage change in Github using Co-archi plugin functionality.  We have integrated it with our EAMS and import content from the EAMS into the model in order to make it available to use in our views.

-Kevin
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Phil Beauvoir on November 04, 2020, 18:54:32 PM
Hi,

I am part of an enterprise architecture group at a large financial services company (MassMutual) and we use Archi across our entire federated architecture community.  We use it to produce various viewpoints supporting enterprise architecture planning, strategy, and solutions delivery. We have implemented a standard "EA" model which we manage change in Github using Co-archi plugin functionality.  We have integrated it with our EAMS and import content from the EAMS into the model in order to make it available to use in our views.

-Kevin

Thanks for sharing, Kevin.

Phil
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: Thomas Rischbeck (ITMC.ch) on March 12, 2021, 15:46:09 PM
I'm using Archi to teach "Enterprise Modeling" for a course at the University of St. Gallen HSG (www.unisg.ch). About 50 Bachelor students in Business Information Systems take this course.

I'm convinced that this skill will be important for future business leaders. Our highly dynamic time needs informed decision-making that takes into account all perspectives and knowledge at all levels. Participation creates shared ownership and emotional buy-in. This makes transformation manageable and achievable. An enterprise model supports dialogue and orientation and furthers organizational learning at all levels.

Archi comes in very handy to acquire practical tooling experience and understand the concept of repository vs. views plus learn some ArchiMate concepts.
Title: Re: List of organizations known to use Archi
Post by: majiro on July 26, 2021, 08:59:59 AM
Hi,

I am a member of an ongoing project to define next version of O-DA.
# O-DA: https://www.opengroup.org/open-group-releases-dependability-through-assuredness-%E2%84%A2-standard

Archimate is set as language for enterprise architecture design in the new standard and of course Archi is de facto.
I am in charge of some Archi extention for O-DA.

BR
Jiro