The purpose of this paper is to explore the organization and usage of the Viewpoint Library Concept (highlighted below in the ISO 42010 Conceptual Model of Architectural Description - figure 1) in its ability to aid in the transition from Business Requirements to coherent Enterprise Architecture Design. This concept is further explored as supporting a Foundational Architecture Capability. This is seen as essential to maintaining the credibility of the Enterprise Architecture (EA) function as being well managed, high performing, aligned and consistent in its operation and content at the strategic, program and project levels.

To further understand the usage of this concept we need to position the use of the Viewpoint Library Concept within the Architecture Development Method (ADM), through the application of the Business Scenarios Technique within Phase A ‘Architecture Vision’. This ensures an exploration and alignment to the business requirements and how the architecture project will enable the organization to achieve its business objectives.

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