A Systematic Literature Review on Enterprise Architecture Visualization Methodologies

Zhengshu Zhou, Qiang Zhi, Shuji Morisaki, Shuichiro Yamamoto
<span title="">2020</span> <i title="Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/q7qi7j4ckfac7ehf3mjbso4hne" style="color: black;">IEEE Access</a> </i> &nbsp;
EA (Enterprise Architecture) visualization methodologies have been explored by researchers and engineers to conduct EA modeling. The objectives of EA modeling are to clarify enterprise strategies, visualize business processes, and model information systems to manage resources, improve organization structure, adjust information strategy, and create new business value. Therefore, EA models can be broadly applied in various fields. For example, the applications include business modeling,
more &raquo; ... n system architecture design, technology infrastructure configuration, software maintenance, and system security analysis. As the primary source of information, EA models are of paramount importance to researchers, architects, and developers. However, up to now, the purpose and means of these EA visualization methods have never been systematically analyzed and discussed, and a generalized EA visualization methodology with the ability to meet different demands is needed. The paper narrows this gap by conducting a systematic literature review on enterprise architecture visualization methodologies. In this study, 112 papers are retrieved by a manual search in 5 academic databases, a systematic literature review on EA visualization is explained to show a systematized category of visualization approaches, and then a general visualization approach is proposed by systematically reviewing the papers. Finally, the paper is concluded by discussing the contributions and limitations of the study. INDEX TERMS Enterprise architecture, business modeling, visualization methodology, systematic literature review.
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