Webinar: TM Forum Frameworx 17.5 for Enterprise Architect

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TM Forum Frameworx is an enterprise architecture framework (EAF) for telecom and digital service provider industries. It embraces the sub-frameworks of eTOM, TAM, and SID. TM Forum is the organization that owns the intellectual property on Frameworx and continuously maintains its contents. TransWare AG, as a member and partner of TM Forum and technical partner of Sparx Systems™, has made Frameworx accessible to the leading EA/BPM modeling tool Sparx Systems™ Enterprise Architect (SparxEA). The product TM Forum Frameworx for Enterprise Architect comprises the sub-frameworks of eTOM and TAM contents, the SID sub-framework will follow in a later version.

Frameworx is an EAF based on SoA concepts for the telecommunication industry. It consists on the sub-frameworks eTOM (enhanced Telecom Operations Map), TAM (Telecom Applications Map) and SID (Shared Information & Data Model). The Frameworx content is available for TMF members from the TMF webpage as a download of XML or HTML data format. This type of data format is not (easily) to be re-used as active content in BPM or EA modeling tools for transformation projects. This webinar presents how to use Frameworx as real active content, to be loaded into a market leading modeling tool SparxEA. SparxEA is a world leading EA and BPM tool used by many companies in telco business. TransWare has created a SparxEA native modeling language (UML profiles for meta-model, MDG technology) of Frameworx and translated the originally Frameworx content into the native SparxEA EAP data format.

The ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 conceptual model of an architecture description defines the term EAF as: "An architecture framework establishes a common practice for creating, interpreting, analyzing and using architecture descriptions within a particular domain of application or stakeholder community".  EAFs are used to describe the architecture of an organization and different viewpoints. Examples of Architecture Frameworks: Zachmann, DODAF or TOGAF. EAFs consist on model content (best practices and templates) and modeling languages.  A modeling language can be graphical, having a domain specific notation to express information systems and structures. Examples are UML, BPMN or Archimate. TransWare defined the Frameworx EAF systematics with basic SparxEA concept:

  • UML profiles
  • MDG technology
  • EAP file for content.

For eTOM the native BPMN modeling language was used as much as possible. Frameworx for SparxEA is delivered by TransWare as a MSI setup for easy installation. TM Forum members can order TM Forum Frameworx for Enterprise Architect in the TransWare shop. To use Frameworx 17.5 the SparxEA version 13.5 or higher is needed.

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