ArchiMate® 3.0

Aspects

Stereotype Question Description
Application collaboration

An application collaboration represents an aggregate of two or more application components that work together to perform collective application behavior.
Application component

An application component represents an encapsulation of application functionality aligned to implementation structure, which is modular and replaceable. It encapsulates its behavior and data, exposes services, and makes them available through interfaces.
Application interface

An application interface represents a point of access where application services are made available to a user, another application component, or a node.
Business actor

A business actor is a business entity that is capable of performing behavior.
Business collaboration

A business collaboration is an aggregate of two or more business internal active structure elements that work together to perform collective behavior.
Business interface

A business interface is a point of access where a business service is made available to the environment.
Business role

A business role is the responsibility for performing specific behavior, to which an actor can be assigned, or the part an actor plays in a particular action or event.
Communication network

A communication network represents a set of structures and behaviors that connects computer systems or other electronic devices for transmission, routing, and reception of data or data-based communications such as voice and video.
Device

A device is a physical IT resource upon which system software and artifacts may be stored or deployed for execution.
Distribution network

A distribution network represents a physical network used to transport materials or energy.
Equipment

Equipment represents one or more physical machines, tools, or instruments that can create, use, store, move, or transform materials.
Facility

A facility represents a physical structure or environment.
Node

A node represents a computational or physical resource that hosts, manipulates, or interacts with other computational or physical resources.
Path

A path represents a link between two or more nodes, through which these nodes can exchange data or material.
System software

System software represents software that provides or contributes to an environment for storing, executing, and using software or data deployed within it.
Technology collaboration

A technology collaboration represents an aggregate of two or more nodes that work together to perform collective technology behavior.
Technology interface

A technology interface represents a point of access where technology services offered by a node can be accessed.
Application event

An application event is an application behavior element that denotes a state change.
Application function

An application function represents automated behavior that can be performed by an application component.
Application interaction

An application interaction represents a unit of collective application behavior performed by (a collaboration of) two or more application components.
Application process

An application process represents a sequence of application behaviors that achieves a specific outcome.
Application service

An application service represents an explicitly defined exposed application behavior.
Business event

A business event is a business behavior element that denotes an organizational state change. It may originate from and be resolved inside or outside the organization.
Business function

A business function is a collection of business behavior based on a chosen set of criteria (typically required business resources and/or competences), closely aligned to an organization, but not necessarily explicitly governed by the organization.
Business interaction

A business interaction is a unit of collective business behavior performed by (a collaboration of) two or more business roles.
Business process

A business process represents a sequence of business behaviors that achieves a specific outcome such as a defined set of products or business services.
Business service

A business service represents an explicitly defined exposed business behavior.
Capability

A capability represents an ability that an active structure element, such as an organization, person, or system, possesses.
Course of action

A course of action is an approach or plan for configuring some capabilities and resources of the enterprise, undertaken to achieve a goal.
Technology event

A technology event is a technology behavior element that denotes a state change.
Technologyfunction

A technology function represents a collection of technology behavior that can be performed by a node.
Technology interaction

A technology interaction represents a unit of collective technology behavior performed by (a collaboration of) two or more nodes.
Technology process

A technology process represents a sequence of technology behaviors that achieves a specific outcome.
Technology service

A technology service represents an explicitly defined exposed technology behavior.
Artifact

An artifact represents a piece of data that is used or produced in a software development process, or by deployment and operation of an IT system.
Business object

A business object represents a concept used within a particular business domain.
Contract

A contract represents a formal or informal specification of an agreement between a provider and a consumer that specifies the rights and obligations associated with a product and establishes functional and non-functional parameters for interaction
Data object

A data object represents data structured for automated processing.
Material

Material represents tangible physical matter or physical elements.
Representation

A representation represents a perceptible form of the information carried by a business object.
Technology object

A technology object represents a passive element that is used or produced by technology behavior.