Information Systems and e-Business Management

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 397–413

Enterprise modeling using the foundation concepts of the RM-ODP ISO/ITU standard

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10257-007-0051-3

Cite this article as:
Wegmann, A., Lê, LS., Regev, G. et al. ISeB (2007) 5: 397. doi:10.1007/s10257-007-0051-3


Enterprise architecture (EA) projects require analyzing and designing across the whole enterprise and its environment. Enterprise architects, therefore, frequently develop enterprise models that span from the markets in which the organization operates down to the implementation of the IT systems that support its operations. In this paper, we present SEAM for EA: a method for defining an enterprise model in which all the systems are systematically represented with the same modeling ontology. We base our modeling ontology on the foundation modeling concepts defined in Part 2 of ISO/ITU Standard “Reference Model of Open Distributed Processing” (RM-ODP). This work has two contributions to enterprise architecture: the SEAM for EA method itself and the use of Part 2 of the RM-ODP standard as a modeling ontology.


RM-ODPEnterprise architectureSystem modeling

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Wegmann
    • 1
  • Lam-Son Lê
    • 1
  • Gil Regev
    • 1
  • Bryan Wood
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computer and Communication SciencesEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Agile Enterprise LtdRichmondUK