Giving Meaning to Enterprise Architectures: Architecture Principles with ORM and ORC
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Formalization of architecture principles by means of ORM and Object Role Calculus (ORC) is explored. After a discussion on reasons for formalizing such principles, and of the perceived relationship between principles and (business) rules, two exploratory example formalizations are presented and discussed. They concern architecture principles taken from The Open Group’s Architecture Framework (TOGAF). It is argued that when using ORM and ORC for formal modelling of architecture principles, the underlying logical principles of the techniques may lead to better insight into the rational structure of the principles. Thus, apart from achieving formalization, the quality of the principles as such can be improved.
KeywordsEnterprise Architecture Business Rule Smart Objective Graphical Constraint Conceptual Query
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