ArchiMate®  is an open and independent modeling language for Enterprise Architecture that is supported by different tool vendors and consulting firms. ArchiMate provides instruments to enable Enterprise Architects to describe, analyze, and visualize the relationships among business domains in an unambiguous way.

The Open Group®, TOGAF® and ArchiMate® are trademarks of The Open Group.


Modeling language


ArchiMate® is owned by The Open Group.

Brief history and description

Developed by the members of The Open Group, ArchiMate 2.0 was released in January 2012 and is now more aligned with TOGAF®, the world’s most popular Enterprise Architecture framework. As a result, Enterprise Architects using the language can improve the way key business and IT stakeholders collaborate and adapt to change.

The standard contains the formal definition of ArchiMate as a visual design language, together with concepts for specifying inter-related architectures, and specific viewpoints for typical stakeholders. The standard also includes a chapter addressing considerations regarding language extensions.

The contents of the standard include the following:

  • The overall modeling framework that ArchiMate uses
  • The structure of the modeling language
  • A detailed breakdown of the constituent elements of the modeling framework covering the three layers (Business/Application/Technology), cross-layer dependencies and alignment, and relationships within the framework
  • Architectural viewpoints, including a set of standard viewpoints
  • Optional extensions to the framework
  • Commentary around future direction of the specification
  • Notation overviews and summaries

ArchiMate 2.0 improves collaboration through clearer understanding across multiple functions, including business executives, Enterprise Architects, systems analysts, software engineers, business process consultants, and infrastructure engineers. The standard enables the creation of fully integrated models of an organization’s Enterprise Architecture, the motivation behind it, and the programs, projects, and migration paths to implement it. ArchiMate already follows terms defined in the TOGAF framework, and version 2.0 of the specification enables modeling throughout the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) cycle.

Target Audience

Enterprise Architects, business architects, IT architects, application architects, data architects, software architects, systems architects, solutions architects, infrastructure architects, process architects, domain architects, product managers, operational managers, senior managers, project leaders, and anyone committed to work within the reference framework defined by an Enterprise Architecture.

User communities and groups

The Open Group forms the home base for the ArchiMate community.

Official publisher

The Open Group Publications Catalog offers a wide range of publications. You can order hard copy publications from The Open Group official worldwide publisher, Van Haren Publishing, and its distributors.

Accreditations and qualifications

On the Open Group ArchiMate site you can find detailed information on the ArchiMate certification program. The ArchiMate Certification Program provides certification for people, training courses and for tools that meet The Open Group standards.


A register of Archimate certified tool can be found on the Open Group Archimate site pages.


Official Sites The Open Group ArchiMate home page
User groups and communities The Open Group membership page
Publications The Open Group book shop
Accreditations and Qualifications The Open Group Certifications
  Accredited ArchiMate® 2 Training Course Calendar
Tools ArchiMate tools register
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