AVOLUTION, recently positioned as a ‘Leader’ in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture tools* for the second consecutive year and developer of the ABACUS® software for enterprise modeling, planning and IT strategy, has today announced its latest release, ABACUS 4.3. New features will enhance visualization options, aid user-productivity, simplify data interchange with 3rd-party systems, and further strengthen the tool’s support of industry standards.
Available from today, ABACUS 4.3 introduces new capabilities for creating business architecture views with both detail and clarity.
Peter Collins, ABACUS Product Manager, commented: “We’ve introduced a range of new functionality that will allow our users to produce better results in less time. Users will now be able to create component ‘replicas’ for example, in which components can be displayed in multiple locations on a single diagram to minimise the crossing of connector lines, reduce complexity and improve the display of landscapes. We’ve also enhanced many other artefact types, and users will now be able to colour and show property values in matrices, to save personalised matrix and catalogue views and to publish matrices to HTML. We’ve also added a simplified ‘export to MS Excel’ option through a toolbar button.
“The ease with which ABACUS Catalogues can be used to interchange data with 3rd-party repositories has also been enhanced, with seamless synchronisation now achievable without any change to the 3rd party repository itself. This can be of great benefit to organisations that need to keep multiple system repositories current, and where ABACUS can fulfil the role of a ‘central hub’ for enterprise data.”
ABACUS 4.3 also streamlines the process of transferring content such as diagrams, catalogues and matrices between different architectures within a single ABACUS repository. The visual characteristics of connections and their attachment to components can now be precisely controlled by properties and pre-defined rules, or constraints, guiding architects and ensuring model integrity. Pre-defined diagramming rules of this kind are particularly useful when working with frameworks or notations that rely on frequently used connection types, such as ‘supports’ or ‘realizes’, in the ArchiMate framework.
As with all new ABACUS releases, support for the 50+ industry frameworks and notations supplied with ABACUS has been updated and new meta-models added. Enhancements have been made to ArchiMate 2.0 and 2.1 with clarity on the use of direct and derived relationship types and ABACUS 4.3 contains an improved hybrid meta-model of TOGAF 9.1 with ArchiMate 2.x and an upgraded Business Model Canvas. New libraries for ITIL v3, TRAK 2013 and UKRA 1.0 (UK Government Reference Architecture) have also been added. The tool’s own default meta-model, which incorporates several industry best practice standards, fully exploits the various new features in ABACUS 4.3.
* "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools" by Saul Brand, 30th September 2014.
Avolution is the maker of ABACUS®, the leading solution for enterprise modeling, planning and IT strategy. What can take months with other tools can be performed in minutes with ABACUS. Some of the key features that differentiate ABACUS include:
• Unparalleled flexibility: support for over 100 frameworks and notations.
• Simple implementation: the ABACUS software is available via the cloud or installed locally on a PC within minutes.
• Support for existing data from Excel, Visio and many other formats.
• Open API: for integration, custom scripts, reports or queries.
• Advanced views including matrices, catalogues, pie charts, bubble charts, roadmaps and many more. Much more than just box and line diagrams.
• Advanced simulations to predict KPIs and support for custom metrics and other analytics to help make better business and IT decisions.