Enhancing Layered Enterprise Architecture Development Through Conceptual Structures

  • Simon PolovinaEmail author
  • Mark von Rosing
  • Wim Laurier
  • Georg Etzel
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11530)


Enterprise Architecture (EA) enables organisations to align their information technology with their business needs. Layered EA Development (LEAD) enhances EA by using meta-models made up of layered meta-objects, interconnected by semantic relations. Organisations can use these meta-models to benefit from a novel, ontology-based, object-oriented way of EA thinking and working. Furthermore, the meta-models are directed graphs that can be read linearly from a Top Down View (TDV) or a Bottom Up View (BUV) perspective. Conceptual Structures through CG-FCA (where CG refers to Conceptual Graph and FCA to Formal Concept Analysis) is thus used to traverse the TDV and BUV directions using the LEAD Industry 4.0 meta-model as an illustration. The motivation for CG-FCA is stated. It is discovered that CG-FCA: (a) identifies any unwanted cycles in the ‘top-down’ or ‘bottom-up’ directions, and (b) conveniently arranges the many pathways by which the meta-models can be traversed and understood in a Formal Concept Lattice. Through the LEAD meta-model exemplar, the wider appeal of CG-FCA and directed graphs are also identified.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Polovina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mark von Rosing
    • 2
  • Wim Laurier
    • 3
  • Georg Etzel
    • 4
  1. 1.Conceptual Structures Research GroupSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Global University Alliance, Chateau Du Grand PerrayLa Bruere Sur LoirFrance
  3. 3.Université Saint-Louis – BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.LEADing Practice ApSAugsburgGermany

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