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The recent Gartner Enterprise Architecture Magic Quadrant was released on Nov 12th. There is good sign for EA in the economic downturn scenario - it is reported that EA tool vendors have reported revenue growth of greater than 20% in 2008 as well as growth throughout 2009. From M&A among tool vendors, the most watched out M&A of Software AG acquisition of IDS Scheer is expected to get completed in 2009. EA tools are essential to the survival of EA as a concept as well as to cope up with the need to organize enterprise information in a structured manner - EA is a complex, mammoth documentation and business reporting effort.
IBM (erstwhile Telelogic System Architect), IDS Scheer Aris, Troux Technologies, Metastorm,Mega and alfabet are in the Leader's quadrant. It is important to note that Microsoft Visio doesn’t feature here. As per Gartner’s definition of minimum requirements of EA tool – there should be ability to create or import models & artifacts and ability to support repository information to support varied stakeholders and providing executable forms are essential as well a robust and flexible repository and meta models availability. Visio shall not fall under these essential minimum requirements – given that Visio plays a major role in BPM initiatives, how Enterprise Architects would consider these requirements would be good to know.
This year, no tool vendor falls in the Visionaries quadrant. It is important to note Casewise Corporate Modeler in the niche player quadrant. According to Gartner, a niche player has strengths in numerous aspects of EA but falls short in the market. Casewise supports a large number of EA frameworks and also has its own EA framework though it is closer to Zachmann framework. Casewise supports process execution through Corporate Synergy (a BPMS suite) as well simulation ability for process models. In this angle, Casewise is a good contender for a full scale EA tool vendor.
The magic quadrant goes on to list the strength and cautions for those tool vendors listed in the quadrant. It is also interesting to note that Magic Quadrant doesn’t include tool vendors like Sparx System (Enterprise Architect), avolution, bizzdesign and igrafx.
We don’t know the ‘magic’ with which Gartner comes out with Magic Quadrant, but it is a good start to organize tool vendor knowledge for EA community and business decision maker community for enterprises embarking on EA journey. Promotional Copy of Gartner Magic Quadrant is available from Troux Technologies website : http://www.troux.com/resources/events/special/gartner_mq_2009/