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This Document

This document is the ArchiMate® 3.2 Specification, a standard of The Open Group. It has been developed and approved by The Open Group.

This edition of the standard includes a number of corrections, clarifications, and improvements to the previous edition, as well as several additions.

Intended Audience

The intended audience of this standard is threefold:

  • Those working to shape and implement complex organization change

    Typical job titles include Enterprise Architecture practitioners, Business Architects, IT architects, application architects, data architects, information architects, process architects, infrastructure architects, software architects, systems architects, solutions architects, product/service managers, senior and operational management, project leaders, and anyone working within the reference framework defined by an Enterprise Architecture.

  • Those who intend to implement the ArchiMate language in a software tool

    They will find a complete and detailed description of the language in this document.

  • The academic community, on which we rely for amending and improving the language based on state-of-the-art research in the architecture field


The structure of this standard is as follows: