New users

This is a high level orientation guide for AIM.

The main functions that you will use across the lifecycle are:

  • AI Designer – use generative AI to rapidly scope initiatives. See Generative AI Samples to understand the depth and breadth of models that can be created with AI Designer.
  • Projects – A project is a container into which you can upload any number of ArchiMate models in either Archi (.archimate) or OpenExchange (.xml) format. Use AIM’s superior model surfing abilities to understand and gain insights from your models.
  • Components – similar to Projects but represent reusable components. Views from Components can be digitally imported into a Project, much like Maven or Node allow digital import of Java or Javascript components respectively.
  • Project Explorer / Component Explorer – deep search across your Projects and Components, based on any tags you have added to the project/component, or any ArchiMate model elements in those models.

A typical organization using AIM will be doing the following:

  • Using AI Designer to accelerate planning and scoping activities
  • Loading any historical ArchiMate as Projects or Components. If the ArchiMate model represent a reusable component then it should be loaded as a Component, so that it can be digitally imported into Projects.
  • Using Project Explorer and Component Explorer to surf through models to gain understanding, and identify where perhaps more reusable components could be extracted. Extracting reusable components needs to be done in the source model with a model design tool to create a new ArchiMate file, and then loaded into AIM.
  • Tagging Projects and Components with key/value pairs to enable filtering and grouping in Project Explorer/Component Explorer.
  • Adding Stories to Projects and Components to aid in understanding about aspects of the Project/Component.

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