Enterprise Architecture Laboratory
We have developed a number of realistic scenarios for experimentation. These scenarios are formed by companies for which a number of artifacts have been created:
while some of them only have a few specific EA domains described, there are three that are fully built. This means that these "companies" have organization models, fully dened business models, and even a working implementation of their IT systems. The only things these scenarios are missing are actual clients and employees, but for the rest they are just like companies one would encounter in the real world.
Each scenario has been constructed by people from our group, with the assistance of domain experts that work for real related enterprises. For example, in the scenario that we called "Banco de los Alpes" (Bank of the Alps), we received feedback and valuable domain information from top-level analysts from some of the biggest banks in the country. The other two full scenarios are "Muebles de los Alpes" (Furnitures of the Alps), a manufacturing company, and "Marketplace de los Alpes" (Marketplace of the Alps), and online service for marketplace services. On top of offering us the opportunity to experiment with business aspects, these scenarios also serve to experiment with technologies. For instance, the systems in the Bank are implemented in an IBM stack, the systems in the Marketplace use an Oracle stack, and the systems in the manufacturing company are mainly based on open source tools (JBoss, Compiere-ERP).
These scenarios have been used in several ways. On the one hand, they are an artifact that we frequently use to test our research tools. For example, we have tested the visualization ideas with a model representing the whole manufacturing company. On the other hand, we continuously use these scenarios in our undergraduate and postgraduate courses: in some cases we use them as subjects of analysis; in others, we have created complex scenarios where business drivers require architectural changes in one or in several dimensions. In these situations, students have to study the changes required and do full cycles of analysis, design, planning, and the creation and execution of a roadmap.