Software & Systems Modeling

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 1043–1057 | Cite as

Bridging value modelling to ArchiMate via transaction modelling

  • Sybren de KinderenEmail author
  • Khaled Gaaloul
  • Henderik A. Proper
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The ArchiMate modelling language provides a coherent and a holistic view of an enterprise in terms of its products, services, business processes, actors, business units, software applications and more. Yet, ArchiMate currently lacks (1) expressivity in modelling an enterprise from a value exchange perspective, and (2) rigour and guidelines in modelling business processes that realize the transactions relevant from a value perspective. To address these issues, we show how to connect e \(^{3}\) value, a technique for value modelling, to ArchiMate via transaction patterns from the DEMO methodology. Using ontology alignment techniques, we show a transformation between the meta models underlying e \(^{3}\) value, DEMO and ArchiMate. Furthermore, we present a step-wise approach that shows how this model transformation is achieved and, in doing so, we also show the of such a transformation. We exemplify the transformation of DEMO and e \(^{3}\) value into ArchiMate by means of a case study in the insurance industry. As a proof of concept, we present a software tool supporting our transformation approach. Finally, we discuss the functionalities and limitations of our approach; thereby, we analyze its and practical applicability.


ArchiMate e\(^{3}\) DEMO Meta model Model transformation. 



This work has been partially sponsored by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (, via the CORE and PEARL programmes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sybren de Kinderen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Khaled Gaaloul
    • 1
  • Henderik A. Proper
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Public Research Centre Henri Tudor Luxembourg-KirchbergLuxembourg
  2. 2.iCISRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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