erwin Enterprise Architecture

EA software for aligning IT with business operations and priorities

erwin has more than 25 years of enterprise architecture (EA) experience, helping organizations better understand, architect and transform the critical enterprise domains: business, information, application and technology. With erwin EA, you’ll know how business functions are aligned and structured, understand the information that powers business operations, and see where technology and innovation is lagging or can be used to drive competitive advantage. erwin EA takes the guesswork out of business and IT transformation, and tame the inherent complexity of major IT initiatives like application rationalization, migrating to the cloud, and implementing Big Data.


Define and Assess Business Capabilities

Map out your enterprise capabilities and assess their maturity, effectiveness and quality, plus identify improvements and plan subsequent IT investments.

Architect for
Innovation and Transformation

Ensure you tie innovation and digital transformation to business strategy for the best return on investment.

Integrate EA with
Business Process and Data Management

We offer the only integrated platform for EA, BP and DM, breaking down the silos between enterprise architects, business process analysts and enterprise data management professionals.

Learn why data is the driving force for business success in our digital age, including why enterprise and process architects should care.

Manage the Application Portfolio

erwin EA is designed to easily manage the enterprise application portfolio, providing insights into the usefulness, functionality and structural composition of applications. Capture and manage such information as user satisfaction, total cost of ownership, business criticality and risk/compliance (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley and the processing of sensitive data). Use erwin EA to identify functional redundancy and plan consolidation and modernization projects.

Collaborate Across the Organization

One of the primary goals of enterprise architecture is to give stakeholders critical insights into aspects of the business they otherwise wouldn’t have in time to make key decisions. To accomplish this, EA platforms need to seamlessly bring together subject-matter experts and information consumers to share knowledge and collaborate. erwin EA enables this with a user-friendly web experience that provides self-discovery navigation and analysis of enterprise assets. Cross-functional collaboration is encouraged through discussion threads, surveys and other social features.

Encourage Technology and Business Innovation

Use erwin EA’s ideation capabilities to capture ideas from all your stakeholders so they can be collaboratively scored and evaluated to turn the most promising ones into new solutions. Keep your team involved by creating and sharing analytics that help everyone understand your innovation initiatives and outcomes.

Configure and Right-Size a Framework to Fit Enterprise Needs

Numerous industry-standard and industry-defined frameworks have shaped the implementation of enterprise architecture, such as TOGAF®, Zachman International®, DoDAF, etc. While erwin EA does support these framework for the architects, we believe architecture also should serve other stakeholders – the non-architects. That’s why erwin EA is highly customizable to meet the specific information needs of stakeholders across an enterprise. Easily and fully configurable, erwin EA also is “right-sized” to efficiently and effectively build the EA information portal that delivers the greatest value.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is erwin EA different from free or open source tools? Can’t I just use PowerPoint or Archi to draw diagrams and Excel to store data and get the same results?

Free and open source tools can be useful if you have rudimentary architecture requirements, but they can’t help you achieve the same business outcomes and decision-making insights as a more sophisticated solution like erwin EA. With erwin EA, enterprise architects have everything they need in one place to plan, manage and respond to business and IT change while driving digital business transformation. Everything in erwin EA works together via a central shared repository with diagrams, roadmaps, analysis, kanbans, publishing and more, giving you a thorough understanding of your enterprise so you can add value, increase efficiency and deliver business requirements.

How can erwin EA help me with application portfolio management (APM), so I can rationalize my business applications for redundancy or duplication?

erwin EA has a shared central repository for storing enterprise architecture assets, making it easy to build a catalog of your business applications and their associated metrics. By analyzing this catalog, you can identify applications that are redundant or duplicated and realize substantial license fee savings.

How can I build an enterprise architecture roadmap?

Using erwin EA, you can build dynamic roadmaps to visualize your architecture information over time. Any object with a date-based attribute can be added to a roadmap, and all changes to attribute information will be displayed in real time. Configure roadmaps for business capabilities, application lifecycles, technology delivery, work packages, requirements, ideas and more.

How can I build a business capability model?

erwin EA makes business capability modeling simple, so you can identify critical gaps and opportunities in your enterprise architecture. By focusing on either an individual business unit or the entire organization, you can map existing capabilities to business goals and objectives to get a visual representation. Heatmaps reveal important information about the costs or value of individual capabilities and identify where to focus your time and resources.

Which erwin EA software solution is right for my organization?

erwin EA is highly customizable and configurable for integration into your environment. erwin EA Agile is a cloud-based, out-of-the box platform that uses industry frameworks, such as TOGAF® and ArchiMate®, so you’ll be up and running EA instantly.