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I am happy to inform you that with Service Release 03 (SR2012_03) of ARIS 7.2, we implemented some new features/enhancements for you.

Business Model Canvas extended in ARIS Business Strategy

The Business Model Canvas by Osterwalder is getting more and more important for business modeling/ business architectures as the Canvas enables architects to extend their modeling focus on business models. With the release of ARIS Business Strategy in June 2011, we made the first version of the popular Business Model Canvas available in ARIS. Now with service release 3 (SR2012_03), we made some major enhancements bringing additional semantics into the Business Model Canvas.

What are the main benefits?

  • Easier to map the Business Model Canvas to ARIS meta model
  • Higher reusability of ARIS content with faster implementation results
  • New capability to describe financial streams with new objects available

What has changed?

The Business Model Canvas can not only be mapped to ARIS models - now, objects that are relevant to a business model can be reused as occurrence copies in the Canvas as well. This brings the Business Model Canvas closer to the rest of the business architecture and makes it easy to plan changes of a business architecture based on existing models (e.g. product/service tree, organizational charts, process models as value-added chain diagrams etc.).

With SR2012_03, these new objects/symbols are now available in the Business Model Canvas in ARIS:

  • Organizational Unit, Organizational Unit Type, Position Type, Person Type, Internal Person, External Person
  • Value-added Chain
  • Business Service, Application System Type
  • Product, Product/Service, Service
  • Need, Distribution Channel
  • New (!): Cost, Profit, Revenue

Here is a simple example based on the UMG’s Business Model Canvas:

Additionally, you now are able to describe relationships between the elements of the business model canvas as well.

Now: Try it for yourself…

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