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on 8 June 2009
The books main theme is about how to achieve Business-IT alignment through the use of enterprise architecture. The modelling part is by far the most important part of the book. Here the ArchiMate language is defined, which is an open and independent language for enterprise architecture.

A current problem in enterprise arcitecture is that stakeholders within different architecture domain operates with their own models and that the relationships between the concepts in these models seldom are clear. ArchiMate attempts to remove these ambiguities by creating a unified meta-model of EA across the three architectural domains: Business, Application and Technology.

The model itself is surprisingly simple - and dare I say - elegant. It's safe to say, that ArchiMate takes a service oriented approach to enterprise architecture. It is also worth noting, that ArchiMate is not an attempt to replace specialised modelling languages such as UML or BPMN.

It is also worth noting, that ArchiMate is being adopted by The Open Group (under TOGAF)

The good:

Very ambitious attempt at creating a unified and coherent meta-model for enterprise Aarchitecture. Excels in describing the need for a coherent language as well as describing the ArchiMate language. The book is very scholarly written and there is little if any hype.

The bad:

The level of ambition and the scholary nature of the book make for a very dense read. But not only that - the parts dealing with communication and analysis seems less approachable and less applicable than the modelling part.

Overall:

It's hard not to applaud this attempt at creating a unified and holistic way to model and describe enterprise architectures. One can only hope that initiatives like this will take hold. A dense read for sure - but well worth it.
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on 30 April 2010
Great book! It presents a rigorous approach to enterprise architecture modelling with the aim of assuring consistency and traceability between views defined at different levels of abstraction. There are not many pubblications out there that cover the modelling aspect of enterprise architecture in such a depth. The text has an academic "cut" that sometimes makes it a bit heavy...but it is certainly worth the effort!
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on 29 November 2011
This book is a must have for practising enterprise architects involved in architecture modelling and managing an architecture repository.

The ArchiMate meta model presents a significant learning curve, but this book is my "go to" resource when I'm trying to figure something out.

ArchiMate is becoming a very useful tool for Enterprise Architects and, especially, Solution Architects.

This book also includes a very useful and readable overview of architecture frameworks.

I have been taking it with me on airplanes and reading passages at random.
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on 15 September 2015
Book was really packed well. It's a nice book, currently I am reading this book.
It just 2-3 days to deliver, and tracking information was available.

Thank You, I recommend this books to people who needs to understand the IT architectures in details, this book is not meant for specific technology, but gives good idea to architectures & best practices to be followed.
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on 19 February 2014
Don't bother nothing about EA really, its more an archimate lesson - pretty useless and much better books out there for this price range.
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on 12 April 2014
A bit dry and aimed at a student audience but there are some practical solutions that can be applied to the real world. Worth a read.
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on 3 March 2015
I would recomend it's really helping with my masters
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