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Enterprise Architecture Manager enables you to group your Applications into Business Capabilities. A Business Capability encompasses a function that a business might be able to carry out and lists all IT applications required to execute that function.

Adding a layer of Business Capabilities allows architects to answer novel and different questions about the general software landscape. For example:

Is application X a good fit for its purposes?

  • How widely is application Y used?
  • Which areas of our business would be affected by replacing or sunsetting application Z?

While Compass components can show an architect what exists today, they cannot answer questions like “Why do we need this?” or “What does this application allow us to do exactly?”. With Enterprise Architecture Manager, we record how well an application is suited for a Business Capability.