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ArchiMate 2.0 Technical Standard approved

We are pleased to announce the formal approval of the ArchiMate(R) Version 2.0 Technical Standard by the Board of the Open Group, during its Jan-Feb 2012 conference in San Francisco.

The ArchiMate 2.0 technical standard represents the ArchiMate language definition as it currently exists today. The language definition of version 1.0 resulted from the ArchiMate project, and was initially maintained by the ArchiMate Foundation.

The ArchiMate 2.0 standard provides a tighter alignment with TOGAF, while still ensuring backward compatibility to the pre-existing ArchiMate 1.0 standard.

The standard can be downloaded from The Open Group's ArchiMate Forum website.


ArchiMate is The Open Group's open and independent modelling language for enterprise architecture, supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. ArchiMate provides instruments to support enterprise architects in describing, analyzing and visualizing the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way. Well-established disciplines like civil engineering or building and construction use internationally accepted standards for describing their designs.

Just like an architectural drawing in classical building architecture describes the various aspects of the construction and use of a building, ArchiMate offers a common language for describing the construction and operation of business processes, organizational structures, information flows, IT systems, and technical infrastructure. This insight helps stakeholders to design, assess, and communicate the consequences of decisions and changes within and between these business domains.

The ArchiMate standard is hosted by The Open Group's ArchiMate Forum, who are actively working on its dissemination and further development.