Architecture as a Service (AAAS) / Overview

Whether on or off-premise the following solution highlights an approach to provide architecture as a service for managing resources and information in a centralised collaborative manner. The following information is provided solely to give an idea of one approach regards the type of methods and tools that are available to provide AAAS. The solution supports architecture modelling, real time collaboration and management of architecture artefacts in accordance with architectural frameworks and project / development lifecycle standards. Use of the following by any party is entirely at their own discretion:


From a holistic viewpoint the architecture process covers architecture work at the enterprise level as well as at the project or solution architect level. The following diagram maps the project, system life cycle processes and ITIL to the architecture process which collectively provides the means to design, build and deliver a solution in accordance with the respective frameworks or model.15288 is a generic system life cycle model used in IT and other industries, it provides explicitly for system retirement which is covered by architecture change management (TOGAF) and service operation (ITIL). TOGAF and ITIL also cover the initial strategy phase while ISO 15288 is repeated for every system being developed or integrated.

Modelling Scope

The combination and reference to enterprise frameworks TOGAF & ITIL in conjunction with Archi** provides flexibility to establish, manage and design an architectural model. This can be applied across all layers and elements of an enterprise operating system as well as covering the full scope as indicated for a business continuum scenario shown below. Further details on precise mapping between these two frameworks can be found the file attached from OGC(*Ref TOGAF & ITIL).

*Ref: OGC (White Paper)

**Note, while Achi is the modelling tool of choice to use Archimate 2.0 modelling language, other tool sets provide Archimate language integration capability i.e. (Enterprise Architect 4.5.1, Bizz Design) & (Enterprise Architect 11, Sparx Systems). Also as from June 2014 the open source Archi tool is no longer supported by the developer but the Archimate modelling language is still active through the open group and accessible by means of plugin by the tools indicated above.


Collaboration is key to ensuring successful buy-in for proposals and elimination of errors and surprises with stakeholders. For same-time communication, decentralised or remote situations I use the following tools to facilitate cohesive communication and sharing of information with project teams. While I endorse these products I have no affiliation with them and provide the information solely based on my experience and research.

I use GoToMeeting for online communication, presentations, webinars and training in conjunction with Podio for real time collaboration of teams and management of artefacts used in enterprise architectural projects.

There is a GoToMeeting quick reference attendee user guide which can be down loaded at the foot of this page. If you wish to meet up, please contact me by any of the means below to get meeting number and time then select Start Meeting

Note, By selecting start meeting, if accessing by smart phone or tablet you will be required to download GOTO App (39Mb) which is free, accessing by browser will require similar process depending on web browser which will download desktop client (10mb), audio is by on-line channel or dial up at the users or meeting organisers preference. 

This service is provided by Citrix, connectivity and QOS is reliant on users connection capability, see system requirements. Service is compatible with Windows, Mac, iPhone, Ipad & Android devices subject to meeting the minimum system requirements and appropriate operating environment. To get an idea how this communication tool works please select the link under demo to play sample.

Contact Details

Twitter: @alexwjduncan



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Podio* is part of Citrix systems which as an on-line cloud based work platform coupled with GoToMeeting provides a powerful collaboration capability for users to manage work in their own way. Through the use of dedicated workspaces users can manage and structure projects the way they want and share information from a common source reducing the need for endless copies and emails. Collaborative streams can be set up through the use of Apps which emulate specific business or architecture processes. Users can also decide how to structure, create, and present content that's linked to work processes and interactions. 

Use of Podio works well for internal project teams across enterprises as well as decentralised and external communication with vendors and 3rd party associates. Access and free evaluation can be done at the Podio home page at address  

Getting Work Done

For further details and quick overview see the short video (2:42 min) below, if your viewing device or enterprise security prohibits access, the video can be accessed using an alternative public web domain at the following address 

Project Management

If you wish to dive a bit deeper the following video (11:35 min) outlines the flexibility of Podio from a project management perspective through the use of Apps and how they can be configured to operate the way you want without any coding. 

If your viewing device or enterprise security prohibits access, the video can be accessed using an alternative public web domain at the following address 

*Note, while Podio is the tool of choice, other tool sets provide team collaboration capability i.e.(Confluence) Atlassian or Code Template review GitHub
Alex Duncan,
18 Apr 2014, 06:05
Alex Duncan,
14 Jun 2014, 19:51