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Modelling Tools & Repositories

This section contains a list (currently incomplete) of modelling tools which can be used for MODAF architectures, or which currently support DoDAF and are being extended to support MODAF. The line between repository and modelling tool is becoming more blurred with every new generation of technology, hence all tools, repositories and hybrids are collected together in this section. Note: the descriptions below were provided by the tool vendors, modaf.com provides no guarantee of their veracity. No tools are currently certified as MODAF compliant.
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Agilense EA WebModeler is a collaborative, web-based enterprise architecture tool operating from a centralised repository. The tool can be configured to support any architecture framework, currently supports DoDAF and is being configured to support MODAF. Link to Agilense website

ARTiSAN Studio provides architecture modelling support by extending its industry standard UML/SysML meta-model, providing a seamless transition from architecture models to lower level systems engineering and software design models. Using the extensibility features of Studio and UML, architecture profiles can be extended to meet project or company specific standards. Information can be shared with 3rd party tools via XMI or the automation interface. ARTiSAN Studio provides traceability capabilities and integrates with a wide range of external requirements sources including DOORS, MS Office, RequisitePro, and other modelling and design tools. Built on a multi-user database, ARTiSAN can scale from a stand-alone PC to large multi-site project teams. ARTiSAN supports DoDAF and is currently being extended to support MODAF.
Link to Artisan website

Casewise Corporate Modeler Suite – is an enterprise modelling solution that enables organisations to visualise, communicate and optimise their business processes and systems. Corporate Modeler’s DoDAF Extensions provide a set of templates which cover some of the MODAF views. Each one of these templates offers a full range of modelling object types to capture all information required for a particular view. Link to Casewise website

IDS Scheer’s ARIS Defense Solution supports organizations in managing the complexity of today’s organizations, business processes and IT systems. Enterprise architectures have emerged as a vital tool for documenting and analyzing these complex IT environments. ARIS Defense Solution supports the development of framework-based enterprise architectures e.g. built on the DoDAF/C4ISR, MoDAF or NAF frameworks. With its central repository, object-based approach, and multiple interfaces, ARIS Defense Solution provides defense organizations with a truly professional tool. ARIS Defense Solution is part of the market leading ARIS Solution for Enterprise Architecture Management which enables customers to describe their organizations from a business level down to a technical/infrastructure level using well-know notations such as EPC, BPMN2 or UML. Link to ARIS Defense Solution website

ISSE is a UML-based enterprise architecture modelling tool that is designed to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s aim of achieving a network enabled capability. It is in use with a number of MoD and commercial organisations, most noticeably with the MoD Integration Authority. Link to ISSE website

The MagicDraw UPDM plugin offers DoDAF and MODAF compliance via a UPDM solution. The UPDM plugin for MagicDraw UML/SysML modeling solution fully supports all architectural framework products. The UPDM plugin supports all UPDM products, sample project for UPDM, UPDM usability features, DoDAF & MODAF project templates and role-based customizable user interfaces to simplify tasks for improved mission results. UPDM validation helps to ensure Enterprise Architecture models are correct while identifying errors in the model. The active validation mode instantly notifies users they have violated key model constraints. No Magic’s Teamwork Server allows the entire team to work concurrently on the same Enterprise Architecture model and the reporting capability includes several HTML web-ready reports including publishing to the web. Link to Magic Draw website

The MEGA EA Suite supports MODAF, NAF, DODAF and we are currently involved in the UPDM working groups. We provide repository-based modelling tools to support projects ranging from capability mapping, to process analysis and application analysis and design, cvering all layers and phases of Enterprise Architecture. All modules are integrated into a consistent end to end solution.

Link to the Enterprise Architecture products section on the Mega web site

The MooD software is approved by the MOD for the creation and deployment of MODAF-driven architectures and environments on the DII, at both restricted and secret levels. The focus of MooD is on delivering decision effectiveness through connectivity, coherence and exploitation of information across MOD functions and programmes within CIO, HoCs, Logistics, Personnel, IPTs, Front-Line Commands, and is reflected by comparable adoption within major Industry players. The MooD Business Architect supports flexible modelling with strong visualisation and exploitation; the MooD Active Enterprise enables deployment of controlled, interactive web-based decision environments across user communities. Link to MooD website

Proforma uses a holistic approach to modelling the enterprise. It links six key variables of the enterprise; strategy, organization, process, information, communications and technology. It supports a number of architecture frameworks including DoDAF (no MODAF support yet). Link to Proforma website

Qualiware are planning to support MODAF. Their modelling tool is repository-based and supports UML and XMI.Link to Qualiware website

Telelogic provides three tools:

Telelogic System Architect for MODAF is one of the first modeling solutions listed as MODAF-convergent by the UK MOD. It enables users to capture, build and maintain large, complex architectures, ensuring consistency among all stakeholders. System Architect for MODAF supports all five views of MODAF (Strategic Views, Acquisition Views, Operational Views, Systems Views, and Technical Views). System Architect has supported DoDAF for many years.

Telelogic Rhapsody is a SysML-based Model Driven Development (MDD) environment for technical, real-time and embedded systems engineering and software development using UML 2.1. The Rhapsody DoDAF Pack provides a DoDAF modeling profile that supports all DoDAF views and generates DoDAF-compliant documentation. A Rhapsody MODAF Package is planned for release in 2007.

Telelogic Tau provides UML 2.1 Model-Driven Development for complex systems and IT software for enterprise applications for domains including aerospace, defense, telecommunications and transportation. Tau includes extended support for domain-specific frameworks, such as Tau/DoDAF, which enables defense agencies and contractors to construct and describe DoDAF-compliant enterprise IT applications.

All three products are tightly integrated with Telelogic DOORS the solution for requirements management. Link to Telelogic website

Troux Technologies offers an enterprise IT Governance platform and repository to help EA practitioners within the defence industry gain end-to-end visibility across their architectures. Troux enables defence organisations to meet their specific architecture needs and use organisational data for greater benefit. The Troux solution, coupled with specific extensions developed by Troux and its partners, lets technology and business groups focus on supporting those DoDAF and MoDAF products relevant to their internal mandates and critical projects. Link to Troux website

OWL Tools

The MODAF Ontology will be developed using the W3C’s Web Ontology Language (OWL). The following are a selection of OWL editing tools:

Protege – An opensource visual ontology editor written in Java. Protégé has an architecture that allows users to develop plug-in tools. Existing plug-ins allow the use of various formats including OWL and RDF, and visualisation of ontologies in different ways. Link to the Protege website

Model Futures OWL Editor – A simple, easy-to-use OWL tool for Windows. Link to the Model Futures website

Semantic Works – A commercial semantic web tool from Altova ™. A visual RDF and OWL editor that auto-generates RDF/XML or nTriples based on visual ontology design. Link to the Semantic Works website

GrOWL – An open source graphical ontology browser and editor. GrOWL allows users to browse large ontologies with advanced navigation tools and incorporates a full OWL graphical editor. Link to the GrOWL website

SWOOP – A Hypermedia-based Featherweight OWL Ontology Editor, with Web Browser like look & feel. Link to the SWOOP website

Ontology Tools

The goal is for the MODAF Ontology to use a formal approach such as ISO15926 or BORO. We’ve begun to investigate using the BORO methodology on the IDEAS Model, which may become the upper level of the MODAF Ontology. There aren’t many tools that support formal ontologies, and we’d be glad to hear about any others.

42 Objects – implements a formal philosophical ontology based on the BORO methodology. Link to the 42 Objects website

Add Your Software

We apologise if we’ve missed you out. Don’t hesitate to contact us with a short summary of your software and a reliable URL, and we’ll put you on the list.