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2021 Gartner® Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools

The Enterprise Architecture Tools You Should Consider This Year

Find out why Ardoq was ranked second highest in all of the Use Cases in the Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture report.

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How To Find the Right Enterprise Architecture Tool for Your Organization

The Critical Capabilities report is a product-focused evaluation and companion report to the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Architecture Tools publication.

We believe the research by Gartner helps Enterprise Architects and innovation leaders focus on critical tool capabilities that best meet the current and future needs of the organization.

Learn how different Enterprise Architecture software vendors scored across these five Use Cases, and discover the key differentiators in their offerings:

1. Capture, Structure, Analyze and Present Models

Ardoq scored 4.44 out of 5 in the Capture, Structure, Analyse and Present Models Use Case

Build flexible metamodels to organize, analyze, and communicate your Enterprise Architecture. Automatically import data via integrations and easily share presentations with external stakeholders.

An important question to organizations pursuing digital transformation:
Does your existing Enterprise Architecture toolset offer robust API integrations, or do you need to consider a more capable alternative?

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2. Support Change, Transformation and Optimization

Ardoq scored 4.37 out of 5 in the Support Change, Transformation and Optimization Use Case

Focus your Enterprise Architecture initiatives on high-level business transformation that supports your strategic plans.

As you plan your future Enterprise Architecture capabilities, consider this important question:
How can you confidently align strategy and execution?

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3. Assess and Manage an Evolving IT Portfolio


Ardoq scored 4.22 out of 5 in the Assess and Manage an Evolving IT Portfolio Use Case

Manage low-value IT systems out of your estate, freeing up budget and resources to work towards future goals and drive strategy forward.

While managing your application portfolio, consider this question:
How can you open the door for smarter investments and innovation that drives enduring success?

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4. Enterprise Architecture Management

Ardoq scored 4.28 out of 5 in the Enterprise Architecture Management Use Case

Your Enterprise Architecture, processes, and delivery should be scalable, always offering insight into how your resources are allocated, and how you can govern changes to the landscape.

Aim to answer this key question:
Does your Enterprise Architecture tool scale automatically as your estate develops? What needs to change?

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5. Innovation

Ardoq scored 4.26 out of 5 in the Innovation Use Case

Enterprise Architects are often the change-makers in their organizations, capitalizing on external trends and facilitating internal processes of ideation to drive innovation through cross-functional perspectives.

To move forward as a strategic, aligned organization, reflect on this question:
Do you have a satisfactory Enterprise Architecture solution and does it support your innovation initiatives?

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What Ardoq's Customers Say

Scott Brooker, Business Architecture Director at Premier Tech
"The true architects of our business are the leadership team. We are enabling them to continue to have better data, better models, and better insights. With Ardoq, we can funnel the details and massage them into an understandable message."
Scott Brooker
Business Architecture Director
Robert Proeber, Manager of Cloud and Data Governance
“(Now, with Ardoq) we have a portfolio view where you basically see what applications we have, their lifecycle information, who's owning an application, and the cost.”
Robert Pröber
Manager of Cloud and Data Governance

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Discover all the vendors that were recognized in the 2021 Gartner® Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture tools report.

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1. Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Architecture Tools, By Gilbert van der Heiden, Akshay Jhawar, Nolan Hart, 22 November 2021.
2. Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools, By Gilbert van der Heiden, Akshay Jhawar, Nolan Hart, 9 November 2021.
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