I am trying to establish how we can use Archimate with our existing ARIS objects and models. I have access to an ARIS Connect test server which has Archimate included. However when I create a new Archimate model the list of symbols does not match the expected Archimate symbols, they are existing ARIS symbols such as Application System Type. Moreover when I access the description of the Archimate model in the ARIS help it too refers to the ARIS symbols and I cannot see anywhere where it even maps them to Archimate systems. What am I missing here ? What I really need to know is which ARIS objects map to which new Archimate objects (which I think is how it works) so I can see how it would work if we started building Archimate models based on our existing objects in ARIS. I've searched through all the ARIS documents on the support site and the Archimate posts on the ARIS community, but to no avail so far. Any help appreciated!

by Runé Becker
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Posted on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 23:00

Dear David,

Seems as if your ARIS server administrator didn't read/follow the instructions provided in ARIS 9 ArchiMate Modelling User Guide. That file can be found on the ARIS DVD in folder \Content\ArchiMate v2.1. The complete folder Content can be downloaded separately from

The afore mentioned PDF explains the proper configuration of your ARIS Connect Server. Importing one of the ArchiMate filters will provide the ArchiMate symbols, and a template and sample database are provided, too.




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