I have to declare my position. It will probably come as no surprise to those who read this site that I’m not exactly a fan of TOGAF. But, I have to say one of the best things they have ever done is support ArchiMate. I am a big fan of ArchiMate and use and promote it virtually every working day. So when I found out that a new version had been released I had to have it. So, in a way this is as much a review of ArchiMate than of the book.
If you don’t use the ArchiMate notation you need to get with the programme, anything else is like drawing in mud with a stick, messy and imprecise. First, a bit of a warning, there seems to have been a bit of a false start with version 2 of the specification and it seems that version 2 was short lived, perhaps only a few months. So, be warned there are still version 2.0 publications lurking around.
If you are familiar with ArchiMate I think you’ll be pleased with the new specification’s work on the language structure. Things have been clarified, aligned with the TOGAF crop circle and two new language extensions added, Implementation and Migration, and Motivation. Another, long overdue, and very useful addition is figure 59 on page 102. The Classification of Enterprise Architecture Viewpoints is a clever hexagonal model that identifies the use and target audiences of each viewpoint. Personally, I think this model should have featured much earlier in the work, but no matter at least its there and I think that new users in particular will find it useful.
As for the book, it’s soft back and I don’t think that’s a good idea for a working document. Mine is already showing the early signs of disintegration, despite considerable care being taken. Generally speaking the layout is clean and utilitarian and at less that 200 pages a pretty fair achievement. There are appropriately brief explanations of theoretically related topics like frameworks, which are useful for the novice in particular. But, I have to say that the book would look better if the text were aligned on both margins and I have come across the occasional odd sounding sentence. But, these are small asides.
If you are considering buying this book, and I really think all architects should, you’ll be interested to know that there is also a really useful Pocket Guide to ArchiMate, that I suspect may turn out to be more survivable, that you can get delivered to your door for about $25.
The Open Group, ArchiMate 2.1 Specification, The Open Group Series, Van Haren Publishing, Zaltbommel