Alfabet Tops Competitors in Comprehensive Study of Enterprise Architecture Products by Technical University of Munich


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alfabet Tops Competitors in Comprehensive Study of Enterprise Architecture Products by Technical University of Munich

alfabet Outperforms Vendors in 14 of 17
of the Study’s Categories

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — May 20, 2008 — alfabet Inc., the leading software provider in strategic IT planning and management, today announced that its planningIT software was the top performer in the latest Enterprise Architecture Study from the Technical University Munich. The independent study is based on rigorous first-hand tests of all major EAM software products.

alfabet enables companies to strategically plan and manage their IT to realize business goals. Its planningIT software is unique in tightly coupling business priorities and IT deliverables with current and future initiatives.

The Technical University of Munich is one of the few elite universities in Germany and is renowned for its IT program “Software Engineering for Business Information Systems.” Enterprise Architecture is a focal point of the program. The university published an initial Enterprise Architecture vendor study in 2005 and published a second study Enterprise Architecture Management Tool Survey 2008 in April.

alfabet scored best in 14 of the 17 categories studied against all main competitors in the space including Mega International, IDS Scheer; Telelogic; Troux Technologies; Adaptive; BusinessObject Solutions, Inc.; Metastorm and Embarcadero Technologies. Those categories, in which alfabet scored highest, include the following:

Specific Functionality
• Impact Analysis & Reporting
• Importing, Editing & Validation
• Creating Visualizations
• Interacting with, Editing of and Annotating Visualizations
• Communication & Collaboration Support
• Support of Large Scale Data

EA Management Support:
• IT Architecture Management
• Infrastructure Management
• Landscape Management
• Demand Management
• Project Portfolio Management
• Strategies & Goals Management
• Business Object Management
• SOA Transformation

The survey was undertaken between October 2007 and April 2008 by the chair for Software Engineering for Business Information System (sebis) at the TU Munich. Thirty industry partners provided input on every day EA management tasks and real-world scenarios against which the participating tools would be evaluated. To accommodate the diversity of EA management approaches, the results of the study are not compiled into a simple ranked list of tools, but are aggregated by two kiviat diagrams (aka spider diagrams).

“The result, an evaluation of tools on key performance indicators, enables the reader to individually match their specific requirements with the tools investigated. Thus, the survey provides a structured support for decision making rather than a simple one- or two-dimensional ranking” said Professor Dr. Florian Matthes, Technical University of Munich.

The results confirm alfabet as the undisputed technology leader in the field of EAM and strategic IT planning. alfabet’s planningIT was able to handle large amount of data and larger user counts as required in a procession approach spanning more groups and people to automate the EAM efforts. Moreover, only planningIT was able to support all process-oriented activities.

“We are thrilled that the Technical University Munich’s evaluation of products resulted in alfabet scoring best overall and in the majority of the enterprise architecture categories,” said Erik Masing, CEO and president of alfabet. “alfabet’s strength is offering an integrated, collaborative platform that helps organizations maintain continuous transparency of their current and future IT landscapes states and manage their IT for maximum investment return. While the integrated platform is key to our product strength, we’re also very pleased to be recognized as the leader in individual components that make up the solution.”

The report is available for general purchase in print for 450 EUR plus VAT (German excl. MwSt.) and in print and PDF for 1200 EUR plus VAT (German excl. MwSt.). For further information contact eamts

About alfabet (
alfabet enables companies to see, analyze, control and align IT initiatives with business priorities continuously. Its planningIT® software is unique in tightly coupling business priorities and IT returns with current and future initiatives. Competitive point solutions offer modeling or repository functions with a static view of priorities, architecture and infrastructure. alfabet provides a holistic, integrated and collaborative approach that offers continuous transparency into how IT and business information, processes and roles are changing and need to be managed over time.

The company serves a global user community of 16,000 IT professionals in more than 40 countries in a variety of industries, including automotive, financial services, telecommunications, logistics, high-tech and others. Its customers include international corporations such as AMB Generali, AXA Winterthur, BP, Daimler, Deloitte, Porsche and T-Systems. Founded in 1997, alfabet is based in Berlin with U.S. headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.


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